We're going to be honest: we could not imagine running a half marathon without pushing anything. OK, we probably couldn't even walk one! Runners are a very special breed of athlete, and we bow to them at every chance we get. But one mom just ran straight to the front of our hero-runners line, when she shattered the record for pushing a triple-stroller through an entire half marathon. Just to refresh: a half marathon is 13.1 miles. MILES.
Cynthia Lauren Arnold ran the entire race pushing a triple-stroller with her three kiddos loaded inside, which weighed about 150 pounds. 13.1 miles pushing 150 pounds! We are absolutely blown away by this superhero mom!
Arnold ran the race in July 2018. The 34-year-old mother of three is a veteran runner who ran track and cross country in high school and college. So a half marathon probably wasn't that big of a deal to her! But then she decided to up the stakes, and brought her three kids along for the ride.
Arnold pushed her 6, 3, and 11 month-old kids in the massive stroller for the entire race, and somehow managed to shave nearly TWENTY MINUTES off the previous triple-stroller half marathon record! She clocked in at 1:29:08 for the Missoula Marathon. The record she broke was set by Ashlee Eskelsen, who ran a half marathon pushing a triple-stroller in 1:47:32.
I nominate this mom for Mother-of-the-year as she pushed her three kids to a world record today at the #MissoulaMarathon half marathon. These kids have bragging rights for a long time! pic.twitter.com/BBAXyKiK8V— Deena Kastor (@DeenaKastor) July 15, 2018
Now, you might be thinking: sure, running the race was cool and all, but how in the world did she manage to get a 6, 3, and 11 month old to sit still in a stroller for almost an hour and a half?! Arnold says her kiddos really enjoy their running time. She takes them on daily runs, and says they talk to each or nap for the most part.
After completely demolishing the previous record, Arnold still has to have her record verified in order to make it official with the Guinness Book of World Records. But considering that she got the entire race on film with a camera mounted on her stroller, that shouldn't be an issue! We salute you, Cynthia Lauren Arnold!
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear number bibs, running shoes, and push heavy stroller for 13.1 miles. What an amazing memory to share with her kids when they're older!