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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

Chaos Strikes Global Shipping - How it's Impacting our KidRunner Program

Chaos Strikes Global Shipping - How it's Impacting our KidRunner Program

Our #1 goal is to make staying active with your kids great. Period. Everything we do from innovation, safety, performance and our business strategy is aligned to that goal. The last thing we want is to mire our KidRunner community in global supply chain problems. But transparency is embedded in our core culture and we believe that the more information we share with you about what's going on, the better.

So here you go: 

It is not an overstatement to say that, "Chaos" has stuck the global supply chain; raw materials, labor shortages, factory closings, inflation and shipping constraints. KidRunner is part of that ecosystem. We work with world class suppliers in Asia and the US; all of whom are confronting the same challenges. 

What specific bottlenecks are impacting your KidRunner deliveries: 

 

 

What is KidRunner's Supply Chain Strategy? 

From a product/manufacturing perspective, KidRunner is a, "Kit"; one part of the kit is made in Asia and the other part in Colorado, USA. We converge those two kits in Bend, OR then ship to our customers via UPS. That means the kits can be complete but we can't combine them until we have received both kit components. 

In 2020, we made the decision to foster US economic activity by creating an innovative supply chain model. It's been a double edged sword in the COVID environment. The good part is that it indeed fosters more community based economic activity and ultimately will be a faster, more responsive solution for our customers. The bad part is that it creates an additional node in the supply chain that under these unexpected dynamics, can slow things down. 

What are our Customers' Options? 

  • Since day one, we've offered and honored 100% refunds for your pre-orders. We appreciate that nearly all of our pre-order customers continue to collaborate with us and wait. 
  • Unlike many companies, we use ZERO pre-order capital for production or to solve any of these unexpected problems. That means 100% of the deposits are always available to our pre-order customers. 
  • KidRunner is optimized for kids 6 months to nearly 5 years old. That means that even with delays, many of our parents will still get several years of great running together. 
  • We are pursuing many of the following strategies and offering them to our customers including expedited airfreight along with a surcharge which we hate! 

Doing what you love increases your sense of well begin and community.  Scrambled global supply chains and delayed product deliveries are not part of our vision. But like parenting, we start everyday doing the best we can to control what we can control and crossing our fingers on the rest. 

Move. Together. 

Will Warne

CEO/Founder