Danish Father Sets World Record For Half Marathon With Stroller


If you are a runner with young children, there’s a good chance that you’ve done a couple of stroller runs in your day. Perhaps you have even tried your hand at running a race pushing a jogging stroller.

But, can you imagine running a half marathon13.1 miles—pushing your child in a stroller?

Perhaps surprisingly, there’s a fair number of competitive runners who run races pushing a stroller. In fact, there are world records for different distances running while pushing a jogging stroller. 

The half marathon world record for pushing the jogging stroller has just recently been broken, with the new record holder running a blazing half marathon time of 1:08:04, all while pushing his child in a stroller.

Jacob Sommer Simonsen, a Danish father who ran the Aarhus Half Marathon in 1:08:04, is the new world record holder for a half marathon run with a stroller.

This works out to a pace of 5:12 per mile or 3:14 per kilometer, which is impressive for any runner, let alone one pushing a stroller!

While this is his first Guinness World Record for stroller running, father runner Jacob Sommer Simonsen also holds the Danish national record for the beer mile, with a time of 5:18.

Sommer Simonsen beat the previous half marathon world record run with a stroller, which was coincidentally held by another Danish runner, Andreas Lommer.

Lommer ran the half marathon in 1:08:30 on September 29, 2019, while pushing his then 1.5-year-old son in a jogging stroller. This means that Sommer Simonsen bested the world record by about 26 seconds.

So, what was Jacob Sommer Simonsen’s son’s chariot for the half marathon? Sommer Simonsen pushed a Thule stroller, a popular brand of jogging strollers.

You can follow the super fast dad from Denmark, Jacob Sommer Simonsen, on his Instagram account here.

Want some recommendations for running with a jogging stroller? Check out our article here

To learn more about another runner aiming to break a running world record pushing a jogging stroller, check out our article on Neely Spence Gracey and her pursuit to break the jogging stroller 1-mile world record here.

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Amber Sayer is a Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Writer and Editor, as well as a NASM-Certified Nutrition Coach and UESCA-certified running, endurance nutrition, and triathlon coach. She holds two Masters Degrees—one in Exercise Science and one in Prosthetics and Orthotics. As a Certified Personal Trainer and running coach for 12 years, Amber enjoys staying active and helping others do so as well. In her free time, she likes running, cycling, cooking, and tackling any type of puzzle.

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