The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon turned out to be a record-breaking morning in the Windy City.
Perhaps the top highlight of Sunday’s race was Julia Webb, who set a new half-marathon world record pushing a jogging stroller by over 4 minutes. Her time of 1:22:57 equates to 6:20 per mile and got Webb seventh overall.
Webb, who is married to American record holder in the mile, Alan Webb, said that Sunday’s race was the first time she had run a half pushing a stroller. Webb’s child, Paula is nine months old. Webb had originally wanted to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the steeplechase, but wasn’t able to, so she set her sights to this feat.
“I didn’t want to end the season on a bad note,” she said. “I thought, ‘I got to go after some sort of record.’ She (Paula) is going to be getting bigger and bigger and older. This might by my last kid, so why not? I love Rock and Roll and I came here and did it.”
Webb broke the record set just last month by Lindsy James of the U.K., who ran a 1:27:34 pushing her 8 1/2-month old son. Before James, the record had stood for 15 years.