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And you thought YOU could multitask! Montana mother breaks a world record for running a half marathon in just an hour and a half - WHILE pushing three young children in a stroller

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 8/9/2018 Charlie Lankston
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A Montana woman broke the world record for running a half marathon while pushing her three kids in a stroller by running it in under an hour and a half. 

Cynthia Arnold, 34, defied all odds when she ran the Missoula Marathon in Montana last month while pushing her three kids in a stroller.

Previously, a mother had set the world record at an hour and 47 minutes for pushing three children in a stroller. But Cynthia, from Polson, Montana, crushed the record on July 15 with an impressive hour and 29 minute finish while her kids were by her side. 

a person riding a horse drawn carriage: Amazing: Cynthia Arnold, 34, beat the world record for fastest woman running a half marathon while pushing a stroller in July by finishing in an hour and 29 minutes © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Amazing: Cynthia Arnold, 34, beat the world record for fastest woman running a half marathon while pushing a stroller in July by finishing in an hour and 29 minutes

The idea to attempt the world record didn't come from Cynthia — who ran track and field both in high school and college — but from her husband before they welcomed their third child. 

'He said, "You should try to go for this triple world record in the half marathon, that would be really cool,' Arnold said to Runner's World. '"That would be really neat for the kids."'

Cynthia wasn't just doing the race to break the world record. 

The mother-of-three told the publication she wanted to teach her kids about living a healthy and active lifestyle from the beginning. 

'That type of lifestyle shouldn’t be sacrificed if you have kids, and kids should realize that it’s fun and normal and good to make these types of choices,' Cynthia said.

So instead of leaving Sunday morning for cartoons and staying in bed, she got her kids (ages six, three, and 11 months) up for them to see how they can be active on the weekend.

a person riding on the back of a bicycle

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To prepare for the half marathon, Cynthia would run with the stroller in her hometown of Polson, which is about 70 miles away from Missoula. 

Her town is windier than that of Missoula so training in harsher conditions helped for when the actual race came around. She also ran uphill and on rocky areas to prepare.

Crossing the finish line while breaking the world record was an emotional moment for Cynthia, but more so because she had her kids by her side. 

“It was more of a parent moment than a running moment,” she said.

Although she knew she just broke a monumental record, her kids were oblivious to the stunning achievement as they focused on enjoying their lollipops.  

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