A NEW WORLD RECORD!
(WFLA News Channel 8 photograph)
Running on the track for a full mile.
Thinking of one thing: to break the world record.
Pounding the pavement with one-foot strike after the other.
They were cheering erupting all around.
Looking at the clock, the world record is in reach.
Crossing the finish line, the world record is in hand!
And it was all done while pushing a stroller!
Dad with a Stroller
On January 23, 2022, a Tampa father, Rob Holcomb, 35, seized the world record of running the fastest mile while pushing his daughter in a stroller.
He finished with a time of 4:53, a time seen as impressive to just about anyone, but adding on the fact that he was pushing a stroller the entire time is mind-boggling.
For some, running a mile in 10 minutes is seen as fast. For others, breaking the 8-minute barrier is on par with a fast time. And for others, just finishing the mile is accomplishment enough. But for Holcomb, he destroyed any notion of how fast someone could run a mile while pushing a stroller.
Photo by: Rob Holcomb/Strava
The previous record-holder finished with a time of 4:57:10. Holcomb blew past that with four seconds to spare.
Now, breaking the 5-minute barrier for a mile is quite the achievement, but pushing a stroller is nearly incomprehensible. Pushing the stroller with both hands prevents the body from utilizing swing force to propel itself forward. The hands lock the arms to a static object. This mile is definitely a leg-driven powerhouse of a performance!
For this particular event, some rules are in place that a participant must follow:
- A human being must be inside the stroller (no dummies, sacks of flour, or melons; human being must be strapped in securely)
- All wheels have to remain on the ground at all times (wheelies and pushing on the side wheels only are prohibited)
- Someone must record it to ensure the full mile is completed rather than only 1600 meters of a track (around 4 laps plus another 30.66 feet of track run)
Since Holcomb recently broke the most recent world record, clearly others have done the event. Holcomb says he only found out about the record because a friend of his was also trying to beat it.
“He ran a 5.03, and I said okay, he didn’t get it,” Holcomb said. “Now I gotta jump on board before he does get it, so you might see a little friendly competition going on.”