Anyone done a marathon with a baby?

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04/05/2013 at 20:26

Am I mad to even consider this?! Has anyone run a marathon with their baby in a pushchair? I'd love to, but just don't knowing its possible - would she be ok strapped in for all that time? What would I do about stopping to change her/feed her etc?

I have a proper running pushchair and she comes with me on all my runs, so I just like the idea of us doing a marathon together, but is it just a silly idea?!

cougie    pirate
04/05/2013 at 20:36
Seems silly to me. Most marathons don't allow wheeled vehicles in it.
And is it fair for your baby ? Out for three or four hours in whatever conditions ?
By all means run with her but not in competition i think - especially not a marathon.
04/05/2013 at 20:50

I agree with cougie on this one 

Doesn't seem very fair on the little one If I'm honest

04/05/2013 at 21:04

I've run several 10ks with my daughter in the baby jogger but not anything longer as she gets arsey and wants out, Only local races where I know the organisers let me enter with her too.

04/05/2013 at 21:20

That's a long time for baby to be in a jogger.  I remember *mout mout* (his words for come out) very well.  Like Cougie says, most marathons wouldn't allow it.

04/05/2013 at 22:00
Why oh why oh why would you ever want to?
04/05/2013 at 22:11

Unless you're going to be keeping up with the elites, it's too long.

04/05/2013 at 22:29

And so would some of the longer training runs be, probably.

05/05/2013 at 08:47

Lovely couple did the Thames Meander with a buggy. Stopped for a few breaks, great day out and the child was loving it. I couldn't keep up with them, so they ran at a good pace.

Think that was a good marathon for that, as mostly flat on tow paths, August, so good weather and a quiet one with very friendly people, out and back course.

So, it's possible, just choose the marathon carefully and at the end of the day, you know your child and if they would enjoy it or if it is too long. Taking breaks, so the little one can have a play and move around was very sensible. 



05/05/2013 at 09:19

Let us know, in 15 years or so, what back problems your child has developed and we'll see if we can suggest the cause.

07/05/2013 at 18:45

Perhaps someone could look after your baby whilst you are running then greet you with her in the finish line for a photo together? 'Baby and Marathon Champion Mama'

seren nos    pirate
07/05/2013 at 18:50

what age baby are you talking that I presume could not really tell you that itr wanted out......

not sure why you would want to.......for the attention of everyone saying wow what a lovely baby...........don't quite understand the reason to do it......

you would have to stop at every cry.....and .change and feed it....if it wasn't could you get to the finish quickly........

what if it was wet or hot......

and what would the baby get out of it

Pudge    pirate
07/05/2013 at 18:55

Someone on these forums recently entered the Neolithic marathon with a baby.  There were tears all the way round and tantrums after the event.  I believe it has since been sworn never to attempt it again.

Hope that helps.

07/05/2013 at 20:05
Pudge wrote (see)

Someone on these forums recently entered the Neolithic marathon with a baby.  There were tears all the way round and tantrums after the event.  I believe it has since been sworn never to attempt it again.

Hope that helps.

I just learned the neolithic  mama has entered another marathon, but is leaving the baby at home to play on the computer

07/05/2013 at 20:56

Naughty Pudge!

08/05/2013 at 00:12

Does Mick's son Phil count? He's done loads of marathons but then I think he enjoys them.

08/05/2013 at 08:01
What's that got to do with anything?
08/05/2013 at 23:15

Call me selfish, but if I've paid to enter a 10k/half/marathon, I don't want someone with a pushchair taking up space and getting in the way.  I found this at a 10k I did last week - my wife nearly got shoved through the barriers at the side of the course by some clown who was trying to shortcut on a corner with his baby stroller.  Most runs I enter, there isn't really space for them (and absolutely no need).

09/05/2013 at 09:34

i have read articles and blogs where people wanted to take someone around in a wheel chair, not a baby in a pushchair. Mostly they came up against a lot of resistance from race organisers.

You'd need to choose your race carefully.

Think Mick'n Phil are better to advise than me. They've been there, done it, written the book.


09/05/2013 at 09:46
As someone once said, I agree with Nick. Although he forgot to add selfish.
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