Letters to Harbinger: Aidan Puffer Update

Kyle Puffer, Harbinger Reader

Last year, you posted an article on Aidan Puffer, from Manchester, CT who set an 11 year old 5k world record. I would like to let you know that he is now 12 and has done it again.

Aidan set his second world record mark on April 15, 2017 at the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) 5k race in Boston, MA. Aidan’s official record breaking time was 16:46.3! This counts as the fastest 5k road race time ever recorded for a 12-year-old on a record eligible course and is recognized by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) as a World Single Age Record. Aidan also holds the 11 year old 5k track record of 17:06.05, which he set on May 14 of last year.

“This was my favorite race yet,” Aidan said of the B.A.A. 5k, which crossed the famous Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street and included a field of nearly nine thousand participants. “I felt pretty confident,” Aidan said after passing the two mile mark in 10:31. In the last mile, “my legs and endurance felt good, but my abs started to get really tired, and I slowed down a little.” However, Aidan said he was energized by the crowd, who cheered for the name and number they saw on this fast kid’s race bib, ‘Go Aidan! Go 227!’ Said Aidan: “I was pretty sure I broke the record. After the race, I did a cool down jog, and I didn’t want to stop running. I was so excited!”

Amazingly, Aidan only ran two 5k races in the past eleven months, setting world records in both of them! However, they were not his only races–in March, Aidan was the AAU Indoor Track & Field National Champion in the 3k for his age.

While Aidan’s ARRS recognized world record mark is based on his gun time of 16:46.3, his official net time for the race (the time between crossing the start and finish lines) is 16:44, averaging 5:23 per mile.

Aidan is a member of the Central CT Jaguars Track Club, in Bloomfield CT, under Head Coach Arthur Jasper. He is also coached remotely by Tom Schwartz of Idaho. Aidan often runs at the Manchester High School track on days that he is not practicing with his team.

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