A Montana woman known for running while pushing her three kids in a stroller has unofficially broken another world record while competing in the Missoula Marathon.
Cynthia Arnold, 35, from Polson, Montana, made headlines last year after she ran a half marathon during the Missoula Marathon while pushing her three kids in a stroller.
She came back to the race this year to hit an even tougher goal, running the full marathon with her children alongside her and earning another Guinness World Record title in the process.
Stunning victory: Cynthia Arnold, 35, ran the Missoula Marathon in Montana. During the run, she broke the world record for running in a marathon while pushing a stroller with three kids
Phenomenal: The mom-of-three from Polson, Montana, finished the race in three hours and 11 minutes, crushing the previous record holder’s time
Captured: A camera was attached to Cynthia’s stroller during the entire race so she could qualify for the world title
In order to earn the Guinness World Record title for the marathon run, Cynthia had to finish the race in under four hours and 10 minutes. She also had to run with a camera attached to her stroller.
Huge accomplishment: One problem Cynthia ran into was keeping her children entertained during the long race. Her eldest daughter helped entertain the younger two children
Cynthia crushed this goal and finished the race at three hours and 11 minutes, according to Women’s Health.
This means she ran the 26.2-mile race by completing each mile around seven minutes and 29 seconds, making it an astounding time to achieve all while pushing her children.
When speaking to MTN News, Cynthia confessed the race this year was no small feat.
‘The kids are a year heavier, and I was feeling that,’ she said. ‘The stroller felt really heavy this year.’
Her three children — ages six, four and one — together weighed 130 lbs. Then the added weight of the stroller made it an astounding 185 lbs. she was pushing across the finish line.
‘The neat thing that happened this year was that there were a lot of spectators who knew what I had done last year and that I was going for the marathon this year, so there were a lot of people there saying things, personal things, actually addressing me about it, and that was a neat experience and really touching,’ Cynthia continued.
The mom-of-three also had the challenge of keeping her children happy throughout the lengthy race, which she anticipated to finish in about three to four hours.
Earning the titles: Last year, Cynthia also earned a world record when she ran the half marathon with her three children
Super mom! The woman also pushed her three children, ages six, three, and 11 months at the time, across the finish line last year for the half marathon
Typically, her children were used to being in the stroller for a half-marathon race — so it was concerning for Cynthia to then double the time they would be in the stroller for the full marathon.
‘So, that was going be a big challenge for us, which is where Margarite kind of came in,’ Cynthia said about her eldest child. ‘I thought she could read to them. They like I-spy, so she could initiate I-spy if they were kind of getting tired or bored.’
Last July, Cynthia ran the half marathon at the Missoula Marathon and also earned a Guinness World Record for her time while pushing her three children.
The idea to attempt the world record didn’t come from Cynthia — who ran track and field both in high school and college — but from her husband before they welcomed their third child.
‘He said, “You should try to go for this triple world record in the half marathon, that would be really cool,’ Arnold said to Runner’s World last year. ‘”That would be really neat for the kids.”‘
Cynthia wasn’t just doing the multiple races to break the world records.
The mother-of-three previously told the publication she wanted to teach her kids about living a healthy and active lifestyle from the beginning.
‘That type of lifestyle shouldn’t be sacrificed if you have kids, and kids should realize that it’s fun and normal and good to make these types of choices,’ Cynthia said.
So instead of leaving Sunday morning for cartoons and staying in bed, she got her kids up for them to see how they can be active on the weekend.
Cynthia now has three world records under her belt that all come from pushing her children in strollers.
Since the children keep getting bigger, Cynthia told MTN News this marathon was probably her last race with the stroller.