You are a runner, then you know how demanding is to run in a marathon and how diligent and energetic you need to be to finish it. But, what if you have to run by pushing a three-person stroller?
Cynthia Arnold, a 35-year-old mom, should amaze us all as she managed to finish the the Missoula Marathon in 3:11 while pushing her three children in a stroller. She is for sure faster than most of us, and she can do it while pushing a three-person stroller. While running in the Missoula Half Marathon in Missoula, Montana last year she broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest-half marathon while pushing a three-person stroller. Nonetheless, this year she has a set goal to establish a new Guinness World Record for the fastest full marathon while pushing three kids at the Missoula Marathon.
But to break a record is not an easy thing and now she has to finish 26.2 miles in 4:06, and this year her toddlers are insignificantly heavier. Yet, for her that does not matter as she managed to keep her pace just under 7:20 pace per mile and crossing the line in 3:11. She pushed the stroller with her three kids inside of it without problem although her children weighed almost 130 pounds, and on which we shall add the weight of stroller leaving us with a total weight of 185 pounds.
Cynthia prepared for this marathon pretty good and started her training last winter with a trial marathon in February and following series of 20-mile training runs. She did her trainings alone, but occasionally she took her kids or load up the stroller according their weight. She had her stroller runs limited to 10 miles, but she did a 17-mile long run for a confidence booster.
Her children are 1, 4, and 6 years old and they enjoy this running provided that they are not napping while the running, as she reported to the Runner’s World. Cynthia said:
“We live in rural Montana and see lots of wildlifeon the bike path right out my door. I keep a pretty consistent routine and see some regular commuters each day, and the kids like saying hello to the cyclists.”
She chose the Missoula Marathon considering the perfect race for her and her children. She added: “The atmosphere is perfect for the family; it is the perfect combination of beautiful country scenery and urban crowds in downtown Missoula.”
After the first race of the marathon the crowd got familiar with her and every time she participated they recognized her face and offered all the support and cheering. She commented: “The crowd was amazingly supportive. I was moved by how many people were cheering for me and knew what my goal was on race day. One woman called out ‘I’ve been reading about you all year. Go mom!’”
However, this marathon is not relaxing all the way, especially if you experience a mischief before the beginning of the race. Namely, her camera attached to the stroller fell off couple of minutes before the gun went off. She quickly taped it and managed to keep it secure throughout the race. She needed this race to be documented on camera if she wanted to be qualified for a Guinness World Record.