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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! 

 

 

 

The Kid in KidRunner - Shared DNA

The Kid in KidRunner - Shared DNA

At KidRunner, "Great.Together." inspires everything we do. KidRunner was invented and designed for parents AND their kids. We knew from the start that great sports equipment for parents had to include a great experience for their kids. Without both, we knew the goal of high performance running and freedom was impossible. There are three core reasons why KidRunner's patented design and performance innovations improve the experience between parents and their kids - 

Visual Contact - Unlike traditional jogging strollers, KidRunner keeps kids in constant visual contact with their parents. "There is a connection between the two brains, infant and adult, with the eyes providing the physical link. This visual connection [...] provides a combination of chemicals that increases the baby’s alert capable state. This unique visual connection both calms and organizes the baby." 

“Visual Experiences and Socioemotional development” found in Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self (l994)

 

 

That's the science and there is a lot of it that says the same thing. Most of us as parents intuitively know that anyway. It's why we love looking at our kids and they love to look back. But until KidRunner, there was no anecdotal evidence of the benefits of kids being able to see their parents while running. Now there is. A lot of it! As KidRunner parents rack up thousands of shared running miles together, some of the most common experiences are - 

  • "KidRunner Time is Nap Time"
  • "It's the first time I've been able to do a full, uninteruped run for longer than a few miles or minutes". 
  • "My child loves to see me and we talk while I run. He can always see me and it creates a sense of security and interaction." 

Cosy, Secure Cockpit - "Your child’s enjoyment of tight corners and special spaces begins with the early security of being held closely to you. And this love of small [...] spaces continues through toddlerhood. 'A nine-month-old loves to sit in a box; at 12 months, he’ll love to crawl through a tube; at two, he’ll enjoy sitting under the table,' says child psychologist Dorothy Einon. It's part of the appeal of retreating somewhere small and cosy, where you feel safe..." 

Junior Magazine, UK

 

KidRunner's three US patents focus on materials and design. But our cockpit was one of the most challenging and intentional aspects of our design criteria. It had to be big enough to accommodate a wide range of kids' sizes. It had to be extremely safe and durable. And we knew it had to be cosy and secure for kids so they'd love being in it and feel comfortable joining their parents for runs and adventures. These goals informed everything we did with the cockpit design; the color, the window sizes, the size of the opening, the materials. And it works! Every week, we get pictures and videos of parents running, racing and crossing finish lines with their kids smiling or asleep in what many kids call, "my KidRunner". 

Autonomy - "

    It also allows the parent more time." 

Motherly.com

Eye Contact, Physical Security and Autonomy; all three are embedded in KidRunner's and childrens' DNA. It's why almost all of our customer reviews include a comment about their children's positive experience instead of just the performance and product attributes. And we love it! KidRunner has always been about more than innovation and technology. It's about the relationships we love with our children, our freedom and our goals. 

 

Reindeer Fast - HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Reindeer Fast - HAPPY HOLIDAYS

KidRunner was designed for everyday mom/dad runners and elite athletes. Oh, yeah and reindeer! In fact, KidRunner has been raced by pirates, tutu wearing princesses and a Ninja Mutant Turtle! The costumes may change but the race results never do; to date, every KidRunner has come first in every family race category. Sometimes, it beats everybody else too! Elite runner Max King beat 200 other runners to cross the finish line first and last year, another KidRunner reindeer was spotted at the Portland Half Marathon finish line....in front of 4,000 other runners.

 

Costumes are fun. And so are blistering fast times. Reindeer Ryan crossed the Portland Half Marathon finish line in 1:20...wearing horns and a red nose! And he wasn't the last. Since then, other reindeer, pirates and ninja turtles have raced personal bests and won races; with their kids giggling and crowds cheering. Designing great sports equipment was our mission. Winning a race in a costume...BONUS! 

 

 

No matter what costume you wear, you'll always be faster with a KidRunner. It's the lightest, most advanced running stroller in the world. When is the last time you saw Rudolph pushing Santa's Stroller? Santa and Rudolph already knew what sports science has proven; pulling is the highest performing way to move a sled or a stroller. For runners, it's at least 20% more efficient to pull than to push. It also seems to be better for your body because your form is better; up-right, driving from your core with hands, arms...or hoofs, moving naturally. It's the way humans and reindeer were designed to run. 

 

As 2018 wraps up, we want to say, "Thank You" to all of the parents, kids and Team | KidRunner athletes who have inspired us and others by using KidRunner for what it was designed for; to share the things you love doing with your kids. 

For KidRunner, it has been an amazing 2018. And we're just getting started. Keep an eye out for reindeer, pirates and ninja turtles using KidRunner | NORDIC and KidRunner | BIKE in 2019!

Happy Holidays,

Team KidRunner,

Bend, OR