Meet the 11-year Old Who Runs Half-Marathons, Tyson Ogsimer
By: Joel Quizon
This is Tyson “Baby Rocket” Ogsimer.
He’s 11 years old now and has been running since before he turned seven. Recently, Tyson became one of the youngest finishers of the Pinoy Fitness 21K Sub-2 Challenge. He crossed the finish line with an amazing time of 1 hour 52 minutes and 54 seconds.
According to his dad, Jon Ogsimer, Tyson started training when he was just over six years old. He says, “Together with his siblings, we used to run around a 500 meter lot near a cemetery in Paranaque. Nothing serious, it’s more of a once a week simple run and play just because they were participating in Alaska Ironkids. We didn’t expect anything because everything was new to us.”
Little did he know back then that five years later, his son will be one of running world’s most talked about people.
“Tyson’s always had this attitude of wanting to finish everything as quickly as possible. Back in his preschool days, he was always won most games that involved running. I still remember, there was this particular incident when they were playing parlour game. His teacher grouped him with the slower kids and put him last in line. Towards the end of the game, the other group was already a person ahead and was already rejoicing. Then came his turn, he zooms like a rocket and finished ahead of the other group’s last person to the surprise of everyone else who was there.”
Tyson says it’s always been his dream to be a runner. He dreams of someday going pro.
“It’s my favorite sport. My feet urges me to run,” Tyson shares. “Whenever another runner passes me, I feel like I want to catch up and when I do, I feel happy. My dream when I get older is to do an ultramarathon. But right now my dad said I should go back to shorter races like 5k and 10k and also swimming to improve my speed.”
Medical professionals agree with Jon’s advice to Tyson. In a report released by the International Marathon Medical Directors Association in 2001, it concluded that marathon is an activity that should be left to people aged 18 and above.
“It is conceivable that given proper biomechanics and anatomy, a quality progressive training program, and appropriate maturity and cognitive level, a long distance runner can have a positive experience from participating in marathons prior to 18 years of age,” the report says. “This special individual would be the exception and not the rule.”
Obviously, Tyson is one of these exceptions. When asked, Baby Rocket says he’d want to continue running as this is something he enjoys very well. “No, I really want to finish a race because I might not do it again. I don’t like my dad to stop me from joining races.”
Pinoy Fitness supports Tyson and his dream of becoming an Ultramarathon runner in the future. He is such an inspiration to the running community, much like Ernest Carual. We also hope that, much like Jon, more parents teach their kids the importance of regular physical exercise and its various benefits like learning discipline, patience and sportsmanship.
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This child although obviously very talented should be discouraged from running such big mileages ,It will certainly damage his joints as he is still growing. Race organisers you put age limits on race entries and children of this age should be limited to nothing over 5k.
How/where is he now?
Please correct terminologies. Since this is a running/multisport website we should be aware of the terminologies we are using. A marathon is 42.125k, no such thing as 21k marathon :)
a 21k is a half marathon. 42.125k is a full marathon. same in triathlon, may it be a sprint, olympic, half or full, its still a triathlon. ultra marathon
(50k,60k,80k,100k) is above the distance of a full marathon so if you ran a 21k half marathon, you are a marathoner. if you do a sprint triathlon, you are a triathlete.if you do a 50k ultra, you are an ultra marathoner. you are right, 21k is not a marathon but indeed, a half marathon. :-d
Marcus Lucas Arias
garmin ba suot nung nka green? anak ng mayaman!
Garmin ftw. Gujab kiddos
Jingle Celendro Santos Nang, ja dun ang mga mamaw na bulilits. Baw ma waras gid takon kung way ako ka sub1 tapos makita ko ja ang post. Hahaha. U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602
Lage yan so Christopher nasali! Ang Galing niya!!!
tol Bente Uno ang lulupet nila
Biboy Navarro tignan mo
garmin at saucony Julius Guirao
batak na yan COACH Mark Anthony Navarro
Next year Biboy Navarro kaya mo na yan keep on running
Congrats tyson..bilis talaga nyan tumakbo pag ensayo family nya sa c5 ext..
Congrats Camille. Tupe (and his cousin) are growing up to be fine athletes. U0001f60a
Christian Dave Reyes
These boys push and motivates me to beat my 5k and 10k PR.. thanks to them :)
Christian Dave Reyes
Hahaha amo gid noy! Kung waay kita ka sub-1 indi dn takon magdalagan. Ever. Chos!
Hahahaha. Tingala ko nagbira bira gid kita kaina kay mu dan gli ang kapalit. Hahahaha. God job sa aton. Yey! Jingle Celendro Santos
lupet ng mga batang to.. ;)
Korek e. Feeling ko na dunot na intestines ko ka dalagan. U0001f602
Hahaha. Akon way ko pa macheck kung kamusta. Aw ah. Recover lang ta te mayad ah. Rapit dulang natgeo. Yots. Hahahaha. Jingle Celendro Santos
Congrats anglakas talaga
Indi ako anay pag i remind ka natgeo. Basi bla mag dnf ako haw. Aw ah. Hahaha
Galing nyo boys!
Wow Naka gps watch
Mamahaling relo haha
goodjob boys!!…keep it up!!! be a model at your age!!
Sila idol :)
Thank u sir Jirome! Congrats also to u and ate girly :)
Indi mn. Baw! Recover kw anay antes mgtraining. Hihi. Jingle Celendro Santos
Congrats boy SUB1 nyo din 21k lupet nyo!!
Si Ironkid. U0001f60a
go kids go for it
Edsel De Dios ito yung sinasabi ko kanina.
lalakas ng mga bata na yan nka sabay ko kanina yan lalo aq na challenge nauna sakin pero nauna nman aq kahit konti nakahiya kung nauna pa sakin hehehehe lalong lalakas mga yan bata pa.
Sa Sub2xu nakita ko rin sila :)
Hindi na ako magtataka kapag may abs tong mga to hehehee. Idol
Galing ng mga batang ito. Congratulations kiddos :-)
Gabriel Aquino Laya Hasmin Diaz Jo Viola-Guillen Lhynne Subron Tubil talo pa tau ng bata nakasub1 hahaha gagaling
what a stupid nickname
Lagi yang dalawang yan. Ang gagaling.
Naalala ko tuloy nun kabataan ko ganyan din ako eh sana may sub1 na nung mga panahon na un haha U0001f612
Ganyan ganyan ba Gabriel sayang di pa ata uso takbuhan nun habulan pa lng hahaha
Si Ice na lang ang hahabol sa kanila. Masaya na akong maging average running mudra hahaha!
Future podium finishers… kudos kidos
Grabe ang magbuddy na to
Ang lakas ng hatak. #salute para sa inyo. Congrats!
how old are they? congrats!
boi Joren balang araw ganito si blythe
Nasa frontliner mga yan kanina naabutan ko sila bago sa 1st uturn
Haha grabe imba mga paa ng mga batang to! Baby palang ata tumatakbo na sa tyan ng mga nanay
So young. So strong. Keep it up.
mga inspiration ko yan habang tumatakbo
Kamusta naman kaya ang grades nila sa school? Sana balance din sila sa running and school.
Jasper, eto yung mga nakasabay mo.
Kunin na para sa RP Youth ang mga yan! U0001f60a
Yes they also excel in academics :) thanks for ur concern.
Congrats! How old are they?
Nice, yan ang mga batang dapat tularan. Tiyak na may future sila!
Nahiya ako bigla! 16k ko 2hours.
Nag 21k ako nun inabot ng 3 1/2 oras hehe
Ako 2:20 21k hirap ,haha
foreigner yan e, x factor ang genes. but he’s still an inspiration. 21k 2:38 PR ko.. sana maka sub2:30 ako sa skyway.
Gooo dons! Motivation U0001f4aaU0001f3fb Donalyn Ibarrientos Corporal
Go tyson and mommy Rosalinda Pendon Ogsimer
Wow, galing naman
sya ung nagpakain ng alikabok saken sa milo ata yun. :( :)
2 hours ko 10 miles lang (16 k)…. :(
Sponsoran na yan. Talent and skill should not go to waste.
saludo ako sau bata ill never exprienced the 21k.
yes po kasabayan ko yan xa last year’s challenge Nov18, 2014,
Go little dreamer!
Good job kid!
Eeyak nanaman yan kasi binibigyan mo ng txrmate eh
Omg…blis nia galing…
Idol ka kid… Long way to go, bka mamaya 2 hours mo n ang marathonU0001f44fU0001f44fU0001f44f
Nakaka motivate to..sana makaya ko din sub 230 for my first long run. U0001f605
galing mo kid!
wow!!! astig mo.
I salute you kid, di p ako nagless than 2 hrs, 2:10 ang best ko……
at age of 39, ngayun pa lang nagtetraining para tumakbo sa april 2016 Jeddah half marathon. #NdiPaHuliAngLahat #AgeLess
Owryt rock n roll snappy salute two thumbs up great job kid….long way to kid…go go go
Idol….. yan ang inspirasyo.n………
Too young for a 21km race