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High School Student With Autism Wins First Ever Half Marathon

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BALTIMORE, Md. (WBAL) -  The Baltimore Running Festival was just weeks ago, but one young athlete is already making plans for next year's race. He's a 16-year-old with autism, and he makes running 13.1 miles look easy.

WBAL reports Logan Thomas went on a training run with his coaches outside the St. Elizabeth School, where he's a student. It's a school for special needs kids ages 6 to 21. Logan is autistic, and for him, it was nothing.

"I am fast," Thomas said.

He sure is. Two weeks ago, Thomas ran the half-marathon in the Baltimore Running Festival, and he won first in his age group, coming in under an hour and a half.

"(I) feel good," Thomas said.

"With you two running the half (marathon) with Logan, was your time as good as his?" WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Jennifer Franciotti.

"No, no, no, no," St. Elizabeth School teacher/running coach Scott Tomlin said.

"His age group goes up to 19, and here Logan is, he won. He's a 16-year-old student with autism, and it's his first half-marathon," St. Elizabeth School teacher/running coach Chip Rigel Morgan said.

"It's a hard race. It's hilly and it was hot. He's a really happy guy in general. He always waves to people along the way, so I knew he would have fun," Tomlin said.

Thomas is part of St. Elizabeth's Running Club. Two other staff members ran in the festival with another student, Simon, who's in a wheel chair. The club meets three times a week, and for Thomas, it is all new. He just started running last year.

"He's got a lot of natural talent. He's really diligent. His family tells us that even when he's not running here, he'll go home and run to the gym, run on a treadmill. He's really inspiring because Logan's got a lot of discipline. He's never complaining. He's always wanting to go further, and always wanting to go faster," Morgan said.

"Yes, I love it," Thomas said.

Thomas is definitely planning on running in the marathon next year, and he's looking ahead to a race in the spring.

To see the video from WBAL TV: click here.

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