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KidRunner and I - A tale of one man's 1,800 walk for freedom

KidRunner and I - A tale of one man's 1,800 walk for freedom

The following are the words of Martin Lonergan. He and his family approached us about helping him achieve his goal of walking from Houston, TX to Washington DC to raise awareness for a friend of his who he believes is  unjustly held in a foreign prison. 

Our goal as parent runners, inventors and entrepreneurs has always been about freedom. Freedom is one of those words that means something different to everybody. But we all know what it means to ourselves. This is Martin's story about using KidRunner to help a friend achieve his freedom. 

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I am preparing to leave Washington DC after my epic 1800-mile Walk2Justice across 9 American states, from Houston, Texas, to the Capitol Building.  I battled through Hurricane Nicholas, floods, and a tornado.  It was a grueling journey, where I suffered a snake bite, loss of vision in an eye (temporary, fortunately), along with countless blisters and pain—averaging at least a marathon every day to complete the journey in just over two months without rest or respite.

 Throughout the journey, I had but one companion, my Kidrunner.  My Kidrunner bore the burden of my load and followed me relentlessly wherever I went, without complaint.  We had a few moments between us and far too many punctures, but none of it was the fault of my Kidrunner.  The little fellow carried almost three times his designed payload, sometimes over 30 kilos, and never once faltered.   

 I averaged 8-10 hours a day on the American highways and country backroads. The terrain was challenging and relentless, uphill and down dale.  Still, on and on, the little fellow went doggedly behind me.  It was a test far beyond the design criteria and way beyond what any small child as a passenger should or could endure, but never once did my companion let me down.

 Pound for pound, or kilo for kilo the weight carrying capacity of the Kidrunner, with its excellent design features and carbon fiber towing bar, I doubt there is anything out there in the market to compare. I was surprised how well my rucksack harness adapted to fit the structure of the Kidrunner, and the balance and weight carrying was perfect.   I was able to go further for longer only because of my following trusty friend

 

The Kidrunner is an excellent companion for anyone hitting the trail, and I am sure that the makers of Kidrunner should look at some synergy with one of the large hiking equipment manufacturers, like Berghaus or North Face.  My rucksack is a Berghaus seventy litre BioFlex model, but I can quickly see how compatible the frame is with any good rucksack.  

 I shared many adventures on my journey across America with my Kidrunner, and I became very attached to the little fellow in every sense of the word.  The towing harness was comfortable and never caused me any irritation, even in the harshest of weather.  So it is with great pity that we must part, but I leave him with my friend Nasir, whose wife runs a daycare centre in Mount Vernon.  I hope in retirement that my little buddy can enjoy carrying some of the little kiddies around and do the job he was born for, as he has earned his retirement. 

If You Love Adventure, Mexico and KidRunner -

If You Love Adventure, Mexico and KidRunner -

If pictures tell a thousand stories, a video can tell even more. If you love adventure, Mexico and KidRunner, this video is worth taking a few minutes to watch - 

Jonas Deichmann Runs Across Mexico with KidRunner 

Admittedly, we didn't anticipate KidRunner becoming the go to equipment for ultra runners around the world. But each one of them has inspired us beyond words with their images of people, terrain and incredible endurance. To date, KidRunner has run from Canada to South America and across parts of Europe and Australia. Jonas's trip across Mexico is the second for KidRunner in less than 36 months! 

Jonas's trip is especially emotional for me. I grew up back and forth between Mexico and the US. My dad worked and lived their throughout my childhood. I later returned to live in Mexico City and start my own business there. I've been fortunate to travel, live and work all over the world.

With deep love and respect for every culture I've ever visited, Mexico holds a special place in my heart. Mexico and Mexicans are among the most beautiful, generous and creative forces on the planet. And based on the incredible images that Jonas is sharing, I'm confident that he is getting a deep sense of that himself. 

Willy Nelson, Mexico and Community - 

VIVA JONAS y VIVA MEXICO!

Will Warne

CEO/Founder

KidRunner, Bend, OR

 

 

Test, Test, Test -

Test, Test, Test -

We never stop testing. Ten years ago, my then 6 month old daughter and I took the first test run in the first version of what would become the world record breaking KidRunner. At the time, it was far from obvious that we could even make it down the street! That KidRunner was made from taking apart two other strollers, zip ties, duct tape and a tool belt from Amazon. I had to wait for my wife, who is a pediatrician, to leave to work so she wouldn't see me turning our precious baby daughter into a test pilot. You can see video clips of that first run here -

The KidRunner Story

Since then, we've logged countless miles testing KidRunner. This weekend, I had the great fun of continuing to push the envelope of the newest KidRunner release. I was joined by KidRunner world record holder and Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Lyndy Davis. We did speed trials on a local high school track - 

Speed Trials

We loaded the KidRunner up with lots of weight and went off-roading

And as parents, we know that you are not always running with KidRunner. A lot of the time, you are simply trying to juggle dozens of plates at the same time, fold the cockpit and get it back in your car...in fact, a really tiny car! 

 

Thanks for being part of this epic journey with us!

 

Will Warne

CEO/Founder

KidRunner, Bend, OR