Bodhi Vos, a 15-month-old Broomfield resident, helped his father Andrew Vos in an attempt to go down in record books.
The Vos family and friends watched the two circle the track at Broomfield Heights Middle School Saturday morning in an attempt to beat the 5-minute mark Guinness World Record told him was necessary for “Fastest mile pushing a pram.”
A representative with Guinness World Record said in an email Tuesday there is no current record-holder for that title in the database, but they received an application currently under review by the Records Management Team. In order to achieve this record-title, the record-holder must complete the mile under 5 minutes to qualify.
In mid-May Vos, 34, was training for USA Triathlon Nationals, which was scheduled for late summer. He had finished up a bicycle ride when his wife, Kira, asked if he wanted to go for a family run with their two sons.
When they loaded the boys into a double stroller and went for a run, Vos said he wondered how fast he could run the last mile of the trip.
He eyeballed a stretch when he knew they were about a mile from their home and ran as fast as he could, reaching the house in about 4 minutes and 53 seconds.
“That was kind of cool,” Vos said, “and I wondered if there’s a record.”
He reached out to officials through the Guinness World Record website and said he was told the record for “Fastest Mile Pushing a Pram” was 5 minutes. The record was for a single child in the stroller, or pram, and since he had just achieved it with two children, Vos decided to beat the record.
He started the process and get all the information and specifications needed to meet to try for the record. There are limitations on what stroller he could use, Vos said, including no modifications and it had to be commercially acceptable for a number of months. Regulations for running with the stroller dictated that one hand needed to be on the stroller at all times and all wheels had to stay on the ground the entire time.
Guinness representatives sent over a “laundry list” of items to meet, including inviting witnesses and lining up people to time the race, survey the distance and film the run since Guinness was not able to send out a rep from the company due to COVID restrictions.
The timer had to be someone from the running field who knows how to time accurately, he said, which in this instance meant when the runners shoulders, and not the stroller, crossed the finish line. Measurement of the mile could not be done by Vos, who could also not use four laps on a track, which is 1,600 meters instead of a true mile, which measures 1,609 meters and can add about a second and a half onto run times.
“I had to get verified by someone qualified to do surveying,” he said.
Securing a track was also a challenge as high school fields were occupied by football games on Saturday. They chose Broomfield Heights Middle School to help ensure it was empty.
A morning run time was also selected because “afternoon winds can be brutal.”
Vos was already pushing an extra 33 pounds from the stroller — a BOB Gear all terrain pro jogging stroller — and 20 pounds from Bodhi, the couple’s 15-month-old son. Bodhi was chosen for the run since he is nine pounds lighter than his brother.
“We’ve been joking about feeding him celery and ice chips because he’s got to cut weight,” Vos said.
About a dozen people came out Saturday morning to watch the record attempt, including Vos’ sister and her family and of course his wife and 3-year-old son Luka. Friends, co-workers and other athletes came to watch, record, time and be witnesses for the event.
Bodhi did beautifully on the run, which was one cause for concern. Although he’s used to going out with Vos two or three times a week for runs and is “pretty chill and usually just falls asleep,” it wasn’t clear how the cheering crowd and running on a track instead of local trails would affect him.
Vos focused on trying to hit times for each lap and ultimately finished in 4 minutes, 57.1 seconds.
Vos still has to submit the video, witness statements and other documentation to the Guinness representatives, he said, so they can do their own timing and make sure he followed guidelines.
He was told it could take up to two months or so for the run to be officially recorded. When planning for the day, Vos made a point to get more evidence even than was required.
“That was my only worry — that I wasn’t going to get enough evidence or the camera wouldn’t work,” he said. “As long as I didn’t fall, I knew I could make it.”
Vos began running in middle school with the mile race and continued through high school and college, where he ran Division 1 at Iowa State for a few years. He finished out at a Division 3 school in Wisconsin. During his college years, he was part of a team that won the NCAA National Title in 2009 for indoor and outdoor track.
After college he stuck with it and competed in Wisconsin in half marathons and 10Ks. He moved to Colorado in 2013 and despite a few injuries and knee surgeries, continued to run. In 2019 he began doing triathlons and in his first one in Boulder qualified for nationals.
The race, scheduled for this past August, was cancelled because of COVID, but during that time he had begun talks with Guinness World Record reps. He also took part in some triathlons in September.
The past four weeks have been focused on training with Bodhi in the stroller.
Vos has logged hundreds of miles with Luka, he said, and sees the hobby as a fun way to spend time with his family and incorporate them into his and Kira’s active lifestyle.
Halfway through an 8-mile run, they’ll stop at a park and let the boys play for half an hour, then load them up and head home.
Luka has taken to saying “I run like daddy or mommy” and always wants to race to a nearby park and back.
“It’s fun to see him catching on to liking to run,” Vos said. “Kira and I just love to run and bike and he’s starting to get that itch. Whatever path he’s on, I like where it’s headed.”