Marathon Madness
By A.J. Hellickson, 17
Scholastic News Online Student Reporter, Missouri

Steven Walker attends a victory dinner with Mark Musso, president of Special Olympics Missouri. (Photos: A.J. Hellickson)
June 29—In the final days of World Games in Dublin, Ireland, athletes and spectators alike have walked many miles from venue to venue. But complaining about tired feet seems silly when talking to Steven Walker, a Team USA marathon runner from Missouri. Steven ran for 3 hours and 38 minutes to capture the gold medal in the marathon race at Morton Stadium on Saturday.

The 18-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, placed 22nd in the Chicago Marathon with a time of 3 hours 17 and minutes, qualifying for the World Games marathon. Steven says he enjoys the shouts and cheers of fans during the races.

Steven also enjoys competing in softball, bowling, volleyball, and basketball.

"I have enjoyed World Games because I have met people from other countries," Steven told Scholastic News Online. "I enjoyed being able to race with all of them. I will be happy to go back to Missouri with my gold medal."