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"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."

An Invitation to Be Inspired -

An Invitation to Be Inspired -

KidRunner was created to give more Freedom and Adventure to people who want to discover new possibilities for themselves, their families and their communities. Now parents all over the world are calling KidRunner a, "game changer" because they can do what they love the way they love to do it; great running and exploring.

Jan Caspar's incredible journey from Canada to South America with nothing but his KidRunner and 65 lbs of gear symbolizes our goals of Freedom and Adventure. 

 

We invite everybody, whether you are a KidRunner runner or not, to follow and support Jan Caspar's journey. Jan Caspar is a 7 time Iron Man who is using his goodwill, deep intention and endurance to explore the outer limits of what's possible as a human and as an athlete. His blog posts are informative and beautiful. Many of them are metaphors for how to approach life in general. He only asks from himself on this journey. 

You can follow Jan Caspar via: 

Instagram - jcloo21 #BEYONDAPPARENT

For those of you interested in KidRunner's design, performance, durability and versatility, we invite you to consider some of the metrics of Jan Caspar's KidRunner demands - 

  • 65 + lbs of camping/support gear
  • Dozens of miles run each day; sometimes more than a marathon per day! 
  • High bio-mechanical performance and comfort
  • All conditions and multi-terrain; roads, beaches, etc. 
  • Climbing and downhill (sometimes for miles!) 
  • Safety

Parent's ask us, "Is KidRunner durable?", "Is KidRunner safe?", "Can I run long distances with my kid and KidRunner?", "Is KidRunner comfortable?"....As designers, inventors and parent runners ourselves, our commitment since day one was to say, "YES!" to each of those questions. Jan Caspar and parents all over the world are sharing their own incredible answers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KidRunner Parents Share Their Stories

KidRunner Parents Share Their Stories

KidRunner parents all over the world are sharing their stories about balancing life, parenting, fitness and personal goals. They echo all of the reasons we invented the first and only great way to run with kids; hands and arms free, multi-terrain and high performance. Until KidRunner, parent runners were forced to trade off between their love of running and the demands of balancing parenting. Traditional jogging strollers simply can't do what KidRunner does for parents and their kids. 

Here's what parents are saying - 

  • Q: What's been KidRunner's biggest benefit to you as a parent runner?
  • A: It's so easy to run with my daughter now. I'm not trying to find someone to watch her so I can go running. Now, we go together. Now he likes running as much as I do. Now we race together! 

 

  • Q: What are your favorite things about your KidRunner? 
  • A: My favorite things are I'm hands and arms free and I can hear my son and talk to him while we are running. I didn't realize how much he had to say when we were running until now! 

  • Q: What's been KidRunner's biggest benefit to you as a parent runner?
  • A: Because my time is limited to run, work and be with my daughter, I enjoy that KidRunner gives me the opportunity to get my workout while still being present with my daughter. My goal as a parent runner is to run 2-3 times per week with my kids vs virtually never with my old jogging stroller. 

  • Q: What inspires you most about your KidRunner? 
  • A: I want to show other moms and dads that you can keep running with your kids while balancing all of the other new demands as a parent. I needed to run and stay fit more than ever after having my first child; it was as much mental as physical health for me. KidRunner kept me in the game and I know other parents confront the same challenges. 
  • Q: How would you characterize your life of running as a parent?
  • A: I love being active with my family and KidRunner has transformed our running experience as a family. 

These and dozens of other comments and reviews are available on our web site, on Strava and on-line. Why do parents feel this way about KidRunner vs the 50% of parents who stop running within 6 months of buying traditional jogging strollers? Because KidRunner is the only jogging stroller intentionally designed to run great with kids. Other jogging strollers were designed to be walked/pushed but not as sports equipment. Ultra-lightweight, advanced materials and full body freedom generates the most performance and freedom of any jogging stroller. 

Technology and design make it possible. Parents and their kids make it worth it!