Super Mom Breaks Record While Pushing Kids in Triple Stroller During Marathon
Pushing a triple stroller under normal circumstances is hard. Pushing a triple stroller while running a marathon is nearly impossible. Unless you’re Cynthia Arnold. The Montana mom not only pushed her three kiddos across the finish line, but she did it in style. Arnold managed to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest full marathon while pushing three kids at the Missoula Marathon, RunnersWorld.com reports.
The 35-year-old is used to pushing herself to her limits. Last year, she broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest-half marathon while pushing a three-person stroller at the Missoula Half Marathon in Missoula, Montana. This year, she decided to up the ante by going for the full marathon record.
There were a few roadblocks standing in Arnold’s way. For starters her kids were now older—ages 6, 4 and one—and heavier than when she ran the half marathon. Her children’s combined weight totaled 130 pounds. Add in the weight of the stroller, and she was pushing about 185 pounds during the race. Instead of backing down from the challenge, the mom poured all her energy into training for the big day.
She started getting ready for this summer’s marathon as early as last winter. She ran most of the marathons and trails alone, but she would occasionally bring her children along from time to time, according to Runner’s World.
When the much-anticipated day finally arrived, Arnold was overwhelmed by the support of spectators she never even met before. “The crowd was amazingly supportive,” she tells Runner’s World. “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!’”
In order to break the previous three-person stroller marathon record, she had to finish 26.2 miles in 4:06 time. In the end, this wasn’t a problem for Arnold, who crossed the finish line in an impressive 3:11 time. And there’s your proof that not all heroes wear capes.
Arnold is part of a special class of kick-butt parents. Back in March, a California dad wowed the world after running a marathon while taking his quintuplets along for the ride. Then there’s Sophie Power who breastfed her baby while running a more than 100-mile marathon, and Jamie Sloan who completed a triathlon while pumping breast milk.
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