Dr. Mark Halstead is a pediatric sports medicine physician at St Louis Children’s Hospital. He began running at the age of 12 and has continued to run for over the last 30 years. He competed for a state qualifying cross country team all 4 years of high school. In his adult life he continues to run and has completed 8 half marathons and a full marathon. In his medical practice he sees a large number of runners and previously served as an assistant medical director for the Go! St Louis Marathon and a medical director for the Mo Cowbell Marathon. He is also part of a running family with a wife who ran in college and coaches cross country and track, a son who runs cross country and track and a daughter who participated in Girls on the Run.
Programs like Let Me Run foster the development and passion for a lifelong sport such as running. It is also a fantastic program for helping to encourage kids to get active and inspiring boys to develop confidence about themselves and socially. In a day and age where positive influences are sorely needed, Let Me Run is a program that can achieve that goal.