We believe that parents who loved to be in motion before they had kids want to stay in motion WITH their kids. The physical and emotional benefits of staying in motion are well documented by lots of science and lots of our own life experiences. And we believe that if KidRunner can make a contribution to our shared community by helping to balance the things we love with the other requirements of parenting, than we can make a dent in a better world. It inspires everything we do.
But most new parents stop doing many of the athletic things they love and over 40% of new parent runners say they stop running after having kids citing heavy, awkward jogging strollers that make running harder, increase injuries and limit terrain access. Many try to keep running for about 3-6 months but finally stop, discouraged in part by how unpleasant it is to push a jogging stroller. By the time they try to rejoin running a few years later, many give up because regaining their fitness in addition to having to balance so many new roles as a parent is REALLY hard. KidRunner changes all of that.
Most parents, like us before we invented KidRunner, have no idea about the limitations of even the, "best" running strollers until after they've bought one. How could you know? You've never had to run with a kid before! It's one of our most exciting opportunities to help parents know the difference between traditional running joggers and KidRunner before they already have their first jogging stroller.
Now, parent runners all over the world are sharing stories, videos, races, new personal bests and new adventures with their KidRunners. Many of these experiences are the first time with kids. Anywhere! That's what we believed when we started out on this crazy, ambitious adventure; that being in motion was part of who we are as people. And that we'd always want to be in motion. And that we wanted to share that with our kids. And now, we get to share the love of motion with your kids. Together.
The first time I ran with a jogging stroller, I went 10 feet and said, "No way! If I have to push this thing for 10 miles, I'll stop running. I'll stop enjoying family time together with my wife running. I'll lose the hard-fought fitness and love of running that I had worked so hard to earn. There HAS to be a better WAY!". There wasn't. So we started inventing KidRunner. And NOW there is a better way.