The kidRunner

Posted: May 15, 2015

Are you a runner...with kids? Kids you strap in a stroller and take jogging with you, even though months of doing this has hunched your back, rounded your shoulders, and generally F'd up your form? More importantly, have you always dreamt of taking part in a chariot race...during which you'd play the role of the horse? Then kidRunner is about to solve your problems and make your dreams come true.

Born in the sporty town of Bend, OR, the kidRunner describes itself as the first high performance, all-terrain means of schlepping your bambinos along on your workout. Obviously the kidRunner is most unlike other kid joggers in its pull rather than push design. Instead of positioning Jr. in his stroller in front of you and pushing the contraption along, the kidRunner harnesses to your waist, with its flexible neck extending to a kid-filled buggy that you pull along behind you. Kind of like one of those speed training parachutes. Not all that much heavier either, if kidRunner creators are to be believed. The two-wheeled rickshaw system is made of ultra lightweight composite materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar, and aluminum; total weight is less than 20 pounds.

kidRunners best accommodate children between the ages of 6 months (around 12 pounds) and 4 years (around 40 pounds). They are secured inside the carriage's "cockpit" with a 5-point harness similar to those in other joggers and strollers. Adult runners are yoked just above the hips with a belt that supports the low back and enables them to retain their standard running efficiency and form. The flexure of the connecting neck decouples the up-down motion of the activity, so both runner and kiddo enjoy a smooth, safe day on the trail.

kidRunners should be available for pre-order beginning May 2015, with a 5-month delivery lead time once orders have been accepted.

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