16-year Old Running third Consecutive Twin Cities Marathon
Micah Hovland is a 16-year-old boy, running his third consecutive Twin Cities Marathon. We first heard about him for Charlie Mahler, Media and Communications Manager for Twin Cities in Motion.
Micah was featured in Minnesota Monthly in 2013, before he ran his first Twin Cities (and his first marathon). He said he’s feeling “excited, ready, prepared and sick.” (Sick?! Micah said he’s fighting a cough and cold, and hoping it won’t affect him on race day.)
Micah said he’s most looking forward to the “incredible challenge” of the race, as well as “the fun of being a part of all the excitement. It’s just a great atmosphere!” He’s hoping to run the marathon in 4 hours or less.
When asked about how running improves other areas of his life, Micah said that running “makes me more fit, improves my endurance for parkour, provides uninterrupted thinking time, and always improves my mood.”
Micah has been home-schooled and is taking full-time college classes at North Hennepin Community College while he finishes his senior year of high school. Though he says he is not interested in team running, he hopes to continue to run and compete “as long as I enjoy it!” Micah tried his first triathlon earlier this month, and hopes to do more of those, as well.
When asked if there’s anything else he’d like to share, Micah told us,
I love a good challenge, either physical or mental. I love to do parkour and learn new tricks. I love to travel and serve needy people. (My family and I live and serve in Mexico several months out of the year where I direct teams as a builder on house building projects.) I love to work with my hands, to first conceptualize and then to build. I hope to obtain an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.
Micah, we will be rooting for you! Good luck on Sunday!
If you’re running the Twin Cities Marathon, 10 mile, 10K, 5K or diaper dash this weekend, we’d love to hear how your story. Submit a few thoughts about your race. We will compile them, and share the highs and lows of the 2015 race for those in our community.