On Jan. 23, a Florida dad and his baby daughter set a new Guinness World record for the fastest mile while pushing a child in a stroller. Rob Holcomb covered four laps of a 400m track at Tampa’s Coleman Middle School in four minutes and 53 seconds, which broke the previous world mark of 4:57.
This was his third attempt at the stroller record, which he found out about in the fall of 2021. On his first two attempts, he came up just short, running 4:58 and 5:03, but mentioned in an interview with Tampa’s local FOX59 that the weather was windy for stroller running.
The morning of Jan. 23 proved to be ideal racing conditions for him as he set the record surrounded by his family and friends cheering him on.
For a Guinness World Record like this, some rules have to be followed. There has to be a human inside the stroller and all wheels must remain on the ground throughout the entire race.
The world’s fastest stroller dad, Holcomb holds personal bests of 15:23 for 5K and 34:26 for 10K, both of which he set in 2019. Now that record is out in the media, he anticipates another fast father will come along and shatter it.
Next for Holcomb is Tampa’s Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon on Feb. 26.