Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You’re in the middle of a race, sweat dripping down your face, and the finish line nowhere in sight. Your feet are heavier than two blocks of cement and your arms are flapping around as useful as chicken wings. Then, on your left, runs a mom pushing a stroller with two kids inside (drinking juice boxes) who offers you a quick smile before sprinting down the road to the sound of a Disney soundtrack. If you haven’t experienced this yet, just wait.
Mom and dad runners are amazing and tough athletes, so it makes sense that they should have a race to celebrate (and not have to worry about slowpoke me getting in there way). That’s where a brand new 2018 race series comes in.
The Stroller Run is a series of 5K runs occurring on Saturday mornings nationwide between now and early fall. The Portland event will be at the Oregon Zoo on June 9th and is all about getting the whole family moving together. For the registration fee, the adult athlete gets a t-shirt and either a water fun or pin wheel for their kiddo. There is so much flexibility in how moms and dads can be involved. Running stroller: great. Walking stroller: perfect. Backpack or wrap: absolutely. And if there is a kid who is five and older, they can walk or run for just $5 (plus $10 if they want a shirt). The race is geared toward moms, but dads and other family members are absolutely invited too.
After the race, kids 18 months and older, who are potty trainer, can join in at the Kids Camp for games, crafts, and other activities. Meanwhile there is a Mom Expo within in eyesight of the camp with massages, boutiques, shopping, drinks, and food for the adult athletes. And because this event is so focused on fun for the whole family, there is a Stroller Valet to securely stash the wheels while everyone is enjoying the morning.
I’m not a mom, but I am so amazed by everything in this race that I may need to borrow a friend’s kid so we can check it out.