Mom and her kids break 10km record with triplet stroller at Solano Turkey Trot
ROCKVILLE – Ann Marie Cody found out she was pregnant with triplets in 2016. She was able to stay active.
There were questions about what life would be like after the babies were born. Friends have suggested a triple jogging stroller as a way to exercise.
âI first vetoed the idea because I thought it would be too impractical to push a 4-foot-wide vehicle that wouldn’t fit on most sidewalks,â Cody explained in a commentary. E-mail. âBut a month before the birth, news began to filter that another tripled mother had just set a Guinness World Record by pushing her three babies in a half marathon. I was immediately intrigued and wondered if a goal like this could be a way to get back into shape while facing the chaos of having three newborns.
A mom from Montana, with three children of different ages, holds the current Guinness World Record for running a 10k with a triplet stroller, Cody Aid.
She sets out on Thursday to break this record at the Solano Turkey Trot.
It can be a bit bittersweet. Cody can give up the stroller after the race.
âInitially, I thought I would retire from the stroller after about a year due to the continued growth of the treble,â she wrote in an email. âBut it became such a necessity, especially because it was one of the few times they took a nap. So I continued to push every weekend afternoon, and sometimes also to or from their daycare. What’s crazy is that as they got older I got faster. I did not expect that.”
The four have participated in other races, where they hold records.
The last time the four raced was when the triplets were 2 years old, and they don’t remember much. Now, they’ve watched their mom run, learned about the races, and are ready to be a part of it.
Cody was originally looking for a flat, paved, certified 10k race that would lead them.
âSolano appeared and it looked like the perfect course. Best of all, when I contacted Race Director Carol Gilpin she was super excited to welcome us, âCody wrote. âThe fact that we’re doing what will likely be our last run together over the Thanksgiving holiday makes it even more special. We’ve been through a lot in the past year, both family and global.
âWe have had health issues, survived the Covid pandemic so far, and of course have been through another chaotic year of triplet life,â she wrote. âThe children’s grandmother from Norway is visiting us for the first time in two years, and she is so excited to cheer us on and see what we can do. Even if we don’t break the record, we will have had a great time in our turkey outfits.
Cody grew up in Massachusetts and started running in grade seven on his school’s cross country team. She walked home from school and saw the team running. It sounded so much fun, so she joined.
She competed for six years before transitioning to recreational status in college. She attended Harvard University and wanted to focus on her studies in astronomy.
Cody said that at one point she had ambitions to do a half or a marathon.
âI always hurt myself when I tried to increase the mileage. ” she wrote. âEventually I migrated to other endurance sports like rowing and orienteering.
Pushing the triplet stroller was something she really enjoyed.
“I don’t know if that was my story as a rower (this sport uses similar muscles in the upper legs and lower back), but the feeling of moving something big on the sidewalk was so fantastic” , she wrote.
Thanksgiving morning will be a bit chaotic. There are quite a few things that need to happen, in quick succession, dress the triplets and herself and eat.
The stroller will be assembled at the race and cameras installed to collect evidence of the record attempt.
âIt’s hard to put together triplets on a schedule,â Cody wrote. âI hope that with the help of dad, grandmother and an athlete friend, we will all get to the start line on time. We will start a few minutes in front of everyone so as not to hamper the fastest riders at the start.
The time to beat is about 47 minutes, Cody wrote. She hopes she will have “a good dose of adrenaline to help us reach our goal.”
After the race, the kids will jump out of the stroller, maybe show off their outfits in the costume contest, and Mom will be walking around happy to have made a good effort in the race. Then, return home to Sunnyvale for Thanksgiving dinner.
Cody has realized that she can capitalize on all the strength she has built up by pushing other people as well. She recently contacted the Ainsley’s Angels and will join the organization’s wheelchair âduo teamâ for the upcoming California International Marathon in Sacramento.
Along with another runner, she will help push a chair athlete for 26.2 miles.
The astronomer has been in the Bay Area for about seven years, working at NASA in Mountain View. Today, Cody leads a research group at the SETI Institute and also teaches an astronomy course at De Anza College in Cupertino.