11-year-old Running Half Marathon to Save the Wolves

Running 13.1 to Save the Wolves

You might know Peyton from his popular post a couple of years ago, The 10 Rules of Running… from a 9-year old. He’s only in fifth grade, but he’s already thinking about how he can help make the world a better place. He’s decided to run a half marathon, a full 13.1 miles, to help raise funds and awareness for wolf conservation. Peyton says, “I feel happy and free when I run. I want the wolves to feel the same way.”

Wolf Conservation

The wolf population in the Northeastern United States has been in steady decline for many years. The last wolf seen on New Hampshire soil was back in 1895. Wolves were largely eradicated in the 1800’s to curb the loss of sheep and free range livestock. However, recent studies show that wolves plays a vital role in the health and proper functioning of ecosystems. Today, the wolf is making a successful comeback in some of its former habitat due to strong conservation efforts.


The Training Plan

Peyton’s goal is to finish the half marathon with a smile on his face. Right now, he’s running a few miles 4 or 5 times each week. By the time August rolls around he’ll start adding some progressively longer runs each weekend to build up his endurance. He’s hoping to run like a wolf tracking its prey over long distances: calm, easy, and patient until the end.


Peyton Saltmarsh, a fifth grader from New Hampshire, is running the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon on October 4th to raise funding and awareness for the Wolf Conservation Center. Please pay it forward by sharing his message with others and by supporting his efforts to save the wolves.

Go, Wolfman! Visit Peyton’s Crowdrise Page

6 thoughts on “11-year-old Running Half Marathon to Save the Wolves

  1. Your effort has caught my attention young man. I am proud of you and will donate to your cause, you can always know several years from now when you are a old man, that you made the choice to stand up against the tide and fight for what is good and natural.

  2. Hey kiddo, you’re doing a great thing! Should be very proud of yourself. You’re very wise beyond your years and spreading the word to the younger generation is key in stopping the ignorance that is out there about our magnificent wolves. I applaud you and your efforts, much luck to you , Peyton!

  3. Peyton, I applaud what you are doing. It is great to see such a young man stand up for the wolves. I have always thought that wolves were very important to this country. But greedy, selfish people have tried to get rid of them the same way that they have destroyed a lot of other parts of wildlife. Just like they are trying to dispose of wild horses. I have a lot of respect for such a supportive young man. Take care sweetie and God bless you for what you are doing.

  4. This is a true accomplishment. I’m so proud of you thinking of this. I am so proud of you for running miles for the wildlife. You should get an award.

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