The small team had something to smooth out amidst the runners who lined up for last month’s half marathon in Oakland, California. By completing his race in 2 hours and 19 minutes while pushing his quintuplets in a stroller, Chad Kempel, 40, set a new Guinness Book record, he reported today and People.
The small family, originally from Idaho, had set out to the delight of the four-year-old children. “The kids told me, ‘Run faster, Dad!’ They thought it was funny,” Chad told our colleagues after the race with a smile.
108 kilos to push during the race
And all six were well attended by mum Amy, who followed them all the way on the bike. She was a valuable support when her companion thought he couldn’t pull it off. “I kept sweating and I was like, ‘I’m not sure I can go any further. I’d forgotten how hard it can be, especially when you’re going uphill,” he recalls with pain.
Because the five children born in January 2018 Lincoln, Noelle, Grayson, Preston and Gabriella weigh their weight. Including the stroller, the load that had to be carried for the 13.4 miles was 240 pounds, or about… 108 kilos.
But not enough to give up for the father who has an iron mind. “I had a sign on me that said ‘nothing is impossible’. I keep repeating this sentence to myself, and it seems to work,” he said happily and was happy to pass this attitude on to his children. Last time one of my daughters said, “I can’t wear this,” before stopping and saying, “Wait, nothing is impossible,” Chad added.
2019 already a marathon with a trailer
It’s not the first time the family has participated in such a feat. In 2019, Chad Kempel had already completed a marathon with his quintuplets in a trailer in 5 hours and 31 minutes. This time the symbol was even a little bigger as the father of one child had traveled as much as 27.3 miles (about 43.9 km) in reference to his wife carrying his children for 27 weeks and three days. “It was nothing compared to what she went through, so I wanted to honor her,” he said at the time.
The couple are also parents to two daughters, Savannah, 7, and Avery, 5, but neither competed and quietly waited for the family at the finish.