By Gabrielle Hondorp for runnersworld.com
Cynthia Arnold can probably run faster than you, and she can do it while pushing a three-person stroller.
This wasn’t the first time we’ve seen the 35-year-old mother of three wield a trio of tykes across a race finish line. 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 returned to the event to go for an even larger goal: to set the Guinness World Record for the fastest full marathon while pushing three kids at the Missoula Marathon.RELATED STORY The Best Jogging Strollers to Cover More Miles
In order to break the previous three-person stroller marathon record, Arnold had to finish 26.2 miles in 4:06. She ended up blowing that time out of the water, maintaining just under 7:20 pace per mile and crossing the line in 3:11—despite the fact that her three children are now a year older and significantly heavier than the last time she went for a record. Her three kids combine to weigh about 130 pounds, which brings the total to roughly 185 when taking the weight of the stroller into account.
Arnold began training for the marathon last winter, kicking off her preparations with a trail marathon in February and a series 20-mile training runs. Most of these runs were done alone, but she did load up the stroller to take her kids occasionally. The stroller runs were usually limited to 10 miles, plus one 17-mile long run for a confidence booster.
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