#DadGoals: This Poppa won a Half-Marathon Pushing his Baby

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If your spouse ever compares your parenting skills to another mom, show them this story about a Texas man who won an entire half marathon while pushing his baby in a jogging stroller!

Last month, Calumn Neff took first place in the Katy Half Marathon in Katy, Texas, while pushing his daughter Holland in a running stroller.

He finished the 13.1 mile trek in 1 hour, 11 minutes and 27 seconds as he kept a steady sub-5:30 per mile pace.

And the 11-month old was a great sport all the while.


“For almost the entire race, she was waving and clapping and talking and babbling away,” Neff told TODAY. “She was stealing all the hearts along the way, that’s for sure.”

And she was  crowd pleaser.

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“There was so much support on the course,” he added. “Everyone was cheering and a lot of people knew who were and that we were going after the record.”

She only got a bit tired with the routine near the end but was a trooper.

“She fussed a little around mile 11 but I knew I only had 10 minutes left so we just kept pushing through and I wanted to get it done faster for her,” he said, adding that he rubbed her head and gave her a glove to play with.

Neff’s wife, Julie, their 3-year-old daughter, Alessandra, and other relatives were cheering at the finish line. “It was awesome,” Julie Neff added. “There was so much energy. I was shaking, I was so excited.”



About the Stroller: The Thule Urban Glide Stroller in Dark Shadow grey retails for $399 and weighs 22 lbs and can hold a child 6 months thru 75lb capacity. It has a 5-point safety harness, reclines, has a foot-activated parking break and a front pivoting wheel that locks into place. It also has a rear suspension for a smooth and stable ride. The multi-position canopy has a view in roof port. The ergonomic handle bar an accommodate different heights so this dad could use it easily. It folds in with a one-hand flip.

photos: courtesy  Bill Baumeyer

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