Jenn Weatherall and four others crossed the finish line almost simultaneously at the Ed Whitlock Half-Marathon over the weekend. The 42-year-old pushed two strollers, containing four children, for 21.1K on Sunday at the Waterloo, Ont.-based road race.
Weatherall was one of 247 finishers at the southern Ontario event which was renamed recently to honour Canadian masters legend Ed Whitlock. The accomplished runner passed away in March at 86 and on multiple occasions, ran what was then known as the Waterloo Half-Marathon setting age-group world records.
The double-stroller-pushing mother completed the half-marathon in 3:24:52. She opted for a push-and-pull method with one of the double strollers out front and the other trailing behind. Weatherall also had a GoPro set up to capture race footage.
CTV News reports that Weatherall’s run is a Guinness World Record for “the most children pushed in a stroller during a half-marathon.” Weatherall told CTV News that “it was the last 10 kilometres that both shoulders were so sore I couldn’t move them anymore,” before adding, “so that hurt.”
The two-race event, which also featured a marathon, had more than 400 runners and walkers participate in the 19th annual southern Ontario race. Greg Dyce and Janice Cooper were the top finishers running 1:20:47 and 1:38:09 respectively.
The Guinness World Record for fastest half-marathon pushing a stroller by a woman is 1:27:34, a time which Lindsy James set in 2016 in the United Kingdom. Though not currently ratified, Julia Webb ran 1:22:57 at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half-Marathon last July.