Breaking a world record is something most people could only ever dream of doing. I mean, in a world full of nearly 8 billion people, what are the chances that you could be the absolute best at something? Elderly folks are even setting some awesome records. For some, setting world records takes years of practice – perfecting your craft until you officially make an attempt (at which point, there’s no guarantee you’ll actually even do it). The driving force behind those who set world records ranges from the desire for recognition to some people who manage to set records by accident. Matthew McKnight, for example, holds the record for the greatest distance thrown in a car accident (118 feet, don’t worry – he’s fine) – a record he most definitely didn’t intend to break. Nor did he mean to break his shoulder, pelvis, leg, and tailbone (again, he’s fine… now). And then there’s dad Andrew Vos from Broomfield, Colorado, who set an impressive world record on a whim, as a fun little activity to do with his family.
The Vos family is extremely active, going for runs, bike rides, or hikes every single day. Andrew and his wife have two young sons, and rather than change their active lifestyle after having kids, they incorporate them into their daily activities. When the boys were younger, they would take their naps as Andrew pushed them in their strollers during his daily runs.
The boys are now 3 years old and 15 months old, but that hasn’t changed their routine much. Andrew explained, “Nowadays we typically will stop halfway through the run and hit up a park or a splash pad so they can get out and play.” He continued, “Staying active is so important to us and having our kids be able to see how much we enjoy and love the lifestyle we’ve created is so much fun.”
While running with his wife Kira recently, Andrew pushed the two boys in a double stroller. Andrew told The Dad, “We were chatting back and forth, and I mentioned I wonder how fast I can run the last mile. After running 4:53 for the final mile it got me wondering what the Guinness World Record is for Fastest Mile Pushing A Pram (Stroller) so when I heard I needed to break 5 minutes I was confident I could do so.”
Last Saturday, Andrew and 15-month-old Bodhi decided to see once and for all if their active lifestyle prepared them enough to set a world record. Andrew figured he’d go for a run, take a video, and call it a day. As it turns out, setting a record is a bit more complicated than that.
“What surprised me most about the process of setting a world record was all the evidence, witness statements, verification and equipment needed for the process,” Andrew recalled. “There were specifications of who can time the event, who can verify the record took place and complied with the regulations set in place by Guinness World Record, I had to make sure I kept 1 hand on the stroller at all time, had to make sure no wheels came off the ground.”
And, of course, he had to make sure his 20-pound running mate was safely strapped in. After making sure all Guinness World Record stipulations were in place, Andrew was off and running. With Kira, 3-year-old Luka, and about a dozen family and friends watching and cheering, the pair completed four laps around a local middle school’s track. 4 minutes and 57.1 seconds later, the deed was done. This family bonding activity was officially one for the books.
“Even though having kids changes your life dramatically it doesn’t necessarily need to change how you’ve lived your life in the past,” Andrew emphasizes. “Even though it can be challenging and difficult at times, we don’t want the hard times to outweigh the memories so we do as much as we can with them. It’s about adapting to life and the situation you’re in to make the best memories you can – which is what we try to do as a family. And I would say being in the Guinness World Records will be a damn good memory.”