Local high schooler to represent US in worldwide running competition

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Published: Aug. 10, 2018 at 4:37 PM MDT
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A local high schooler was chosen to run for the United States in the World Mountain Running Championship in Europe.

David Cardenas is a senior at Central High School.

He'll be racing in Andorra, a small country in Europe. It's a seven-mile race uphill, and he said the last mile is much like Mount Garfield, which he's been training on. Cardenas said he can run up Mount Garfield, all the way to the flag, in under 30 minutes.

This summer, he's been getting up every day to run at 7 a.m., averaging about 60 miles per week.

“It's just really exciting,” said Cardenas. “I can't believe I'm one of the fastest as well."

David's mom is trying to fundraise to go watch her son run in Europe.

"I always dreamed about him doing something big, and I always thought he would make it to the Olympics,” said Macrina Cardenas, David’s mom. “I feel like this is pretty close.”

David was the only high school student chosen to run. While he's over in Europe, he can try out for the Olympic track team.