"Every since they were little bitty, I thought, golly, there's something special about these kids," the girls' mom, Vicky Welsch, told the Today show's Kate Snow. Both girls have aspirations of one day competing in the Olympic Games, a dream that they take so seriously, they refuse prize money so they can maintain their amateur status as runners.
The girls are patients of Dr. Dan O'Neill, a specialist in sports medicine, who says that the girls "are in great condition, without any stiff joints, swelling, or any evidence of any harm." The one thing that does concern him, however, is whether or not the Welsch sisters will reach their full skeletal growth. At this point, there is no conclusive medical data on what happens to kids who run this frequently and at this level of intensity.
What do you think of the Welsch family's approach to Kaytlynn and Heather's running?