Young boy takes on half marathon challenge to benefit kids in Uganda

Wanting to follow in his mother's footprints, Jarek Compston plans to run a half marathon to help kids in Uganda. (Amy Compston) 

A 6-year-old athlete in Boyd County, Kentucky is making strides in his community and across the world.

Jarek Compston may be small in size, but he is big in heart.

“I said Mom is it okay if I run a half marathon?” Jarek said.

That one big question took his entire family by surprise.

“We were in our van coming home from church and he said ‘Mom I can run a half marathon?’ And I said really? He said ‘yea,’” Jarek’s mother, Amy Compston said.

It's the reason he wants to run that has the community backing him up.

“He said ‘I want to give the kids Christmas gifts in Africa’ and I said that is a great idea,” Amy said.

Amy has been a runner for 20 years. A few years ago she started running races to raise money for children in Uganda to get the supplies and resources they need.

“That is when I started using my running for something greater than myself,” Amy said.

Like mother like son. Jarek decided he wanted to follow in his mother's footsteps. His goal is to get as many sponsors as he can for the Marshall University Half Marathon.

“It is just something that God has laid on his little heart,” Amy said.

Jarek hopes to send 1,000 gifts to the children his church works with in Uganda.

“I want to get them as many Christmas gifts as I can,” Jarek said.

Several churches have donated many gifts to send, they just need the money to send them.

Jarek is currently training with his mom five days a week.

“We believe he will be ready. will it hurt? Yes. But it is all for a great cause and his heart is in it so I know he'll do great,” Amy said.

Jarek's final goal is $5,000, which will cover the cost of 1,000 Christmas gifts.

The Marshall University Half-Marathon will be held on Nov. 2, and Jarek will be ready to run by the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

To sponsor him, click here.

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