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A New World Record and a Family Win!

A New World Record and a Family Win!

As parent runners and inventors, we did not set out to break a world record. Our dream was to create the best, highest performing jogging stroller so parents could love running with their kids. On July 4th, 2019, KidRunner mom, Lyndy Davis proved both are possible! Lyndy Day and her son Quintin thrilled their family and a large crowd of runners and spectators in Portland, OR when they crushed the former jogging stroller world record by more than a mile. That’s right...more than a mile! 

Having her baby be a part of the race made all the difference. “It really was like bringing together both worlds,” she told Runner’s World, “knowing that we were trying to do something together instead of having my old life, before the baby, be compartmentalized.”

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Lyndy said it best at the finish line: “WE DID IT! Ran a world record pace: fastest female half marathon pulling hands-free stroller. 1:21:38. Quentin had a good day - babbled, napped and enjoyed the summer breeze”.

KidRunner’s global community of parents cheered them on and Lyndy’s followers shared amazing inspiration, “Wow!! As a fellow mom runner with stroller, this is super impressive!!! Way to go mama!”. 

Lyndy’s story and her world record success are even more inspiring because of the personal challenges Lyndy determined to overcome by finding a way to keep running as a new mom. It was never just about fitness and winning. Running for Lyndy is a way of life and a core part of her sense of emotional well being. As expecting and then new parents, we all hope to be our best all the time. But reality can be different. The most inspired parents can confront emotional and physical challenges that they never expected. We were humbled that Lyndy shared her postpartum journey with us and the world. And we honored that KidRunner played a role in helping her navigate the sometimes rocky road between our lives before kids and after. 

“Even though she was physically recovered from childbirth, Davis had essentially given up on her running. She was getting out only once or twice each week, and mainly walking. Her coach, Rick Lovett, saw empty blocks where she usually color-coded a Google calendar with details on her training. When her three-month maternity leave ended—she works full-time in marketing for HP’s online business—she reached a breaking point. Realizing what she was experiencing was beyond baby blues, Davis sought out a therapist to help her cope with postpartum depression.”

Lyndy’s story embodies everything about why KidRunner exists. When we were new parents, we struggled to keep up with our emotional and physical sense of well being at the exact moment when we needed both more than ever! We love running because it made us feel great about life. Running was part of how we’d bonded as a couple before and after we got married. It was a big part of how we managed stress. And there was no time in our life we needed to lean on those benefits of running than the first few years of being new parents. But traditional jogging strollers were not made for running. They were made for walking and shopping. We wanted to RUN! So we started inventing. And KidRunner was born. 

Does a world record feel great? Absolutely! To envision, design and share the highest performing sports equipment for parent runners is one of the most exciting things we’ve ever done. But to help change and improve people’s lives is at the core of our vision. It’s why we do what we do everyday. Lyndy Davis and KidRunner parents all over the world are sharing their incredible stories from simply getting back to running to winning a world record. At KidRunner, if you are loving running with your kids, you are always winning! 

New Possibilities - KidRunner Parents Lead the Way

New Possibilities - KidRunner Parents Lead the Way

People are amazing. We can do almost anything that we set our sights on. At KidRunner, we set our sights on making performance sports equipment for parents. KidRunner parents set their sights on everything from running for the first time to qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Several KidRunner adventurers are on epic treks using their KidRunners to run from Canada to South America, across Ireland, the UK and more. 

KidRunner Ambassador, Gabe Rosas and family embody all of it; goals, commitment, personal bests and sharing it all with friends, family and the Texas running community. Gabe set out to change the way he eats, the way he exercises and the way he spends time with his kids so he could balance all of it. Together. 

Our goals at KidRunner are to create new opportunities for people to achieve whatever they set their sights on. For Gabe, KidRunner is part of a new lifestyle that includes diet, demanding endurance Spartan races and making it all happen with a busy job, kids and his wonderful wife. In fact, we often ask Gabe if he'll become our official KidRunner chef or maybe write a KidRunner cook book....! 

How did KidRunner become part of this incredible story? By being the highest performing, most versatile sports equipment designed specifically for parents who want to run naturally. Anywhere. As parents, there are no shortages of reasons why staying in shape or achieving new goals is harder. The sports equipment we buy should help eliminate barriers; not create new ones. Traditional jogging strollers are heavy, awkward, injury prone and at least 25% harder to run with. Add your kids' diapers, nap time and growing body weight, and only KidRunner can keeps you running great. Naturally. 

Gabe and family are one of a team of KidRunner ambassadors in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Europe. Each one became an ambassador by inspiring us with their stories, their goals and their dreams to expand their new lives with kids. 

Set new goals. Explore new worlds. Cross new finish lines. Together. If you are wondering, "Can I keep loving to run as a parent?". Take a look at what KidRunner parents all over the world are saying and doing. 

"Mom, when are we running again?" - AMBER's STORY

"Mom, when are we running again?" - AMBER's STORY
Team | KidRunner ambassador, Amber Williamson generously shares her story of parenting, fitness and courage. It is experiences like Amber's that inspired us to invent a completely new and better jogging stroller. 
"Fitness has always been really important to us from dancing and cheering in school to going to the gym as young adults but it got a lot more serious after our dad died from a heart attack at the age of 50. We knew we needed to get more serious about working out and eating healthy. 
It wasn’t going to be easy being a single mom to boys one being medically fragile. So we did what any person would do. We got accountability. We signed up for a fitness competition 7 months out. We worked really hard and ended up taking 4th and 5th place. We thought this was the first of many but after that competition Ben (the medically fragile son) had a really bad seizure and seizure became more frequent. It was harder to find a gym that was able to meet his needs. We weren’t going to let this stop us. We started to look into workouts we could do with the boys. Running kept coming up but we weren't runners. Finally we gave in and started running. Once again we needed accountability so we signed up for a race. One of the first races I wanted to stop so bad but that day was a really hard day for Ben. He ended up seizing longer than the race was going to be. It was all the motivation I needed. 
Running with the boys is something I really looked forward to. Knowing Ben was fighting so hard made me want to work harder; doing more each run. When we ran Ben would laugh out loud his smile in the wind is just amazing. I would have to bribe the other son, Bentley. He didn’t like it at all. He hated not being able to see me in the stroller and it was really hard for him to hear me. He would end up crying telling me to stop yelling at him. I was only yelling so he could hear me. I would end up leaving him with my mom so I could go running because it wasn’t worth the fight. 
I ended up at a race and saw the KidRunner. I knew I needed one. I wanted to try it and knew it could be the the answer I was looking for. The first time I was able to get him in a KidRunner to try it out he wasn’t having it. I got so discouraged. After sitting next to it for 10 minutes he finally wanted to go in. After he got in he loved it. I couldn’t get him out. It went from me bribing him to go running with me, to him asking me when we are running again. 
He was so much more comfortable being able to see me. We could talk during our run without yelling. I didn’t realize how much he wanted to talk during runs until we could talk without yelling. For this I really love the KidRunner. I could workout with the boys and everyone was happy, but I got a whole new appreciation for the KidRunner when I was running down a hill and ate the concrete. I was running in a race on a course I didn’t know. When I got up all I saw was the river. It took a minute to take it all in. If Bentley was in a stroller he would of ended up in the river. I’m so thankful he was in the KidRunner still sleeping he didn’t even know anything happen. When I was done with the race I got to hold him and didn’t let go."