Wilton mother and son complete marathon together

In a more unusual back-to-school activity, Mary Hayes Haas and her son Tristan completed a marathon race Aug. 9 in Pittsfield, Mass. The second annual Sweltering Summer Ultra (and Marathon) offered a number of distance choices, but the pair chose to do a full 26-mile marathon. It was the first for both of them.

Ms. Haas said she is a runner, “but I never did a marathon. It was the same for Tristan. We always wanted to do it.”

It was on Tristan’s to-do list before going back to Duke University where he is vice president of his sophomore class.

“He found the one in Pittsfield and just texted me one day, ‘do you want to do this marathon?’” Ms. Haas said. The request caught her by surprise, but she said, “I couldn’t say no. Whatever happens, happens. We had a great day. It was fabulous.”

Ms. Haas did not do any special training. She works out regularly at the Y and runs about 25 miles a week.

“I always do 5Ks and 10Ks, I figured, why not go for it.”

Although he was on the cross country team at Wilton High School, as well as the ski team, Tristan does not run at school. But they have run shorter races together, such as the Georgetown Gallop.

The two stayed together during the race until mile 21 or 22, Ms. Haas said, then he pulled ahead, but she finished only a few minutes later.

“We were just so happy we did it,” she said. “It was great to do it together and it was a real community event up in the Berkshires raising money for a charitable cause.”