There are at least three awful things about this right now:
1) Is there a reason for this proposed bill? Has there been a rash of kids participating in long distance running events in Hawaii and suffering long-term damage? If not, this seems like a solution looking for a problem.
2) Also, the authors seem to have a lack of understanding of distance running (the thing they’re potentially regulating). They refer to an opinion by the International Marathon Medical Directors Association that specifically refers to limiting “competitive participation in a full marathon” to adults, before then going on to refer to youth competition in both the state’s major full marathon (Honolulu) and half marathon (Hapalua), seeming to imply that they don’t draw a distinction between the two distances (despite one being literally exactly twice as long as the other and the IMMDA opinion quoted only applying to the full marathon distance). (Also, a thing to note about the Honolulu Marathon is that it has no time cut-off, and many if not most of its participants, regardless of age, can hardly be considered competitive.)
3) Lastly and beyond that, in the version of the proposed legislation that appears at the link above, a long distance running event is defined as a running event “greater than or equal to [blank] miles.” They know letting kids run far is bad for them—they’re sure enough of it to propose legislating restrictions on it—yet they don’t even yet know how they want to define far.
Even someone who often shocks people with how okay I am with what others consider to be onerous regulations, reporting requirements, ordinances, and laws . . . I think this is dumb as hell.