There is already a way of running with your young children – you push them in front of you, in a running-style stroller. With your arms holding onto its handle, however, your form isn't exactly ideal. That's why a group of entrepreneurs from Bend, Oregon has created the kidRunner. It's a kid jogger that you tow.
The kidRunner features largely carbon fiber and Kevlar construction, and features a safety harness-equipped two-wheeled coverable cabin for a single child. The whole contraption reportedly weighs 16 lb (7.25 kg). It's linked to the parent/runner's padded waist belt (which is included) via a flexible carbon composite "bow," which can pivot up and down and from side to side where it attaches to the belt. The idea is that unlike the case with a traditional kid jogger, users will be able to swing their arms as they run, they won't have to lean forward into a pushing stance, and they'll be able to freely move their legs without any chance of kicking the back of it.
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The designers are now raising funds on Kickstarter, in order to produce 15 of the units for testing with select elite runners. A commercial production run is planned to follow. Various rewards are available for different pledge levels, although if you want to actually preoder a kidRunner now, a pledge of US$5,000 is required.
Delivery is scheduled for August, assuming all goes according to plan. There's currently no word on a planned retail price. In the meantime, though, you can see the kidRunner in action in the video below.