FREE: double stroller with a rich racing pedigree. The stroller was originally purchased by Heath and Becky Throneberry and donated to the Canal Family Running team in 2008 dubbed Blue Wonder. Since then, this double stroller has been used in many of the greatest double stroller performances ever seen in East Texas. In 2012 piloted by Caleb with Co-pilot Evie and First mate Cohen, The Blue Wonder completed The Premier Fitness Turkey Trot in a blistering 23:13. A 7:33 pace made even more improbable by the fact that a large portion of the race was on Rose Rudman trail. A trail so narrow passing could only be accomplished on the grass. The Blue Wonder was not outfitted with her offroading tires that day. The victory will not be soon forgotten.
It was a warm saturday morning May 11, 2013 when the Komen Race for the Cure kicked off, but that would not be enough to stop this historic run. Piloted by Caleb with Co-pilot Evie and new comer first mate Kate Canal, the Blue Wonder completed the first mile of the 5k in 6 minutes 37 seconds. Caleb recalls hanging on for dear life as Blue peaked over the hill on College - the first long straightaway of the race. The long downhill that followed was an exercise in keeping his strides short enough to not get tangled up in the stroller. The turn onto Hamvasy and back north on Chilton was the first real struggle of the race. The wind was coming straight on, and the trek back up the hill was laborious. Still a 7:40 mile 2 meant Blue would not be overcome by any other strollers. With barely anything left in the tank and the notorious rolling hills of College on the last mile the team gave it everything they had. Evie even encouraged "Dad, why are you running so slow?" That little bit of motivation was all it took to eek out a 22:57 finishing time. A 7:23 pace for 3.1 miles. Not in the history of running has any 5k with a double stroller ever been run faster (according to my records). And not just runs, but countless walks to the park and back and around the neighborhood. The Blue Wonder proved the most faithful of conveyances. Roll on my friend!