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Sharing Stories - Two KidRunner Moms Share Their Experiences

Sharing Stories - Two KidRunner Moms Share Their Experiences

Running is the most popular sport in the world. The only thing people do more of is parenting. We invented KidRunner to combine these two passions in a great way. We love to run. We love being parents. But until there was a better way to do both together, we weren't satisfied with the status quo. Traditional jogging strollers are heavy, awkward, prone to injury and very limited on terrain. KidRunner changed all of that. And as we'd hoped, it turns out we weren't alone. Today, there are KidRunner parents in over 30 US states and over 15 EU countries. Not only are they running thousands of miles with their kids, they are sharing their stories of being a new parent, a runner and trying to balance it all -

"Hi Rebecca,

I understand your pain - pushing is hard work and hurts the wrists/back/stride. It's a good "workout" to push and stroller, but it doesn't really feel free like running. Pulling is so much more powerful and natural. I seriously feel like myself again when run with the KidRunner.
Within 2 weeks of having the KidRunner I actually did a fast tempo pace workout on a bike path, I never would have tried that with a push stroller in fear of risking injury. I am now training for a February marathon (USA Olympic Trials) and run about 50% of my training runs with my 25 lb baby in tow. I'm stronger than ever, happy to include my baby, guilt free, and not dreading runs.
Hope that helps. I highly recommend getting a KidRunner. I'm a fitter/happier runner mom because of it!
PS - my kid loves it. I regularly do 10mile runs and he's totally happy for that distance (watches me and babbles). Also, we raced a half marathon, he did great!"
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"Hello Rebecca, 
"I have run with many other jogging strollers and it made me hate running with my kids. After our 3rd child, (and a few strollers later) I bit the bullet and bought a KidRunner. I haven't looked back sense! I actually enjoy taking the family with me, because I don't feel like I have to sacrifice my running to do so. KidRunner is much easier to run with with. You can use your arms, which are important in running. There's no hunch over the push stroller and your stride can stay the same. I feel it shortens a little when using a push stroller.
The KidRunner is much lighter than any other stroller on the market and my kids love it! They fight over who is going to be in the kidRunner. My 5 year old still wants to ride in it. I think it helps they can see me as well as see around them too. What I hated about traditional jogging strollers is how my form changed and how much strain it caused on the upper body. It was liking pushing bricks, and when you can't use your arms (especially on an uphill) this is no fun! I have run a half marathon with my KidRunner and I don't think I would ever attempt one with a traditional stroller.
KidRunners are extremely well built as well and they can be used for multiple sports. It brought the joy back to running for me again and it makes it much easier to share with the family. I thought it would be a long transition to the KidRunner, but honestly it's not. At first it feels funny, but only because you are used to pushing - then you realize your stride is the same and it feels natural. You only feel a little pull when going uphill, but you get that with any type of stroller. It goes with you and stops with you. You may have to take turns a little easier than you would when running by yourself, but that's expected."
Bryanna Petrie, Sub 3 hr marathoner, mom of three kids
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These are the stories that KidRunner parents tell that make it all worth it to us. Their experiences were the same motivation we had when we decided to solve the opportunity of great running with kids. Nobody tells it better than the parents running the miles with their kids. And each story weaves the now global KidRunner community even closer. 

RUN. Meet SKI.

RUN. Meet SKI.

We're excited to introduce the world's highest performing jogging stroller to its newest sibling, KidRunner SKI. KidRunner SKI is the only performance sports solution designed specifically for Nordic Skiing . Other ski trailers started with a walking stroller. Not KidRunner. We started by reinventing everything from the design to the materials. A few US patents, a world record and active parents all over the world are the dreams come true. 

We always knew we'd tackle Nordic Skiing for parents. Why? Because like running with kids, traditional ski trailers are heavy and awkward. And even worse, they don't allow the bio-mechanic performance every active person wants. Running is a sport. Skiing is a sport. And now, there is sports equipment for both! 

We invested the same time, R&D and field testing in SKI that we did in RUN. Elite and casual Nordic Skiers tested it side by side with today's other brands. It wasn't even close. KidRunner SKI is nearly 10 lbs lighter. It is the only ski solution with a center located waist harness enabling total, natural hip, core and arm rotation while skiing. The cockpit adjusts back and forth to allow kids to either watch or sleep while you ski. It is warm, cozy and safe with a wrap around cockpit and a five point seat harness. The skis rotate independently for agility and multi-terrain access. 

How does SKI work with RUN? If you own a KidRunner RUN, the SKI package easily converts your existing KidRunner to a high performance Nordic Ski trailer; perfect for kids or touring gear. The components easily pack down and the skis quick release to the cockpit. It takes minutes to set up and easily fits in the trunk/back of most cars. We made it fast, lightweight and easy to use.  We love to ski not futz around with hardware and parts...especially when we are cold! 

KidRunner SKI will be very limited edition in 2019. We're excited about sharing it with you. And thanks to our global network of partners, parents and testers who helped bring to KidRunner SKI to life. Just in time for a great winter of skiing with our kids! 

 

 Ski. Together. That's KidRunner. 

 

 

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.”

Runner’s World

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!