I shopped at REI for years before kids, but didn't became a member until 2003. My oldest child started kindergarten and my husband started a new job with lots of travel which left me at home with a 2 year old, a 4 year old and sparse time to go for runs to clear my head and train for races. I made the decision to join REI and buy a double running stroller, and that was a lifesaver. I was able to run with my kids in all types of weather (with the rain shield when necessary) and anytime (the 6 year old could always bike along.) The other great benefit of the stroller is that today my adult children are athletes and enjoy running, hiking, rowing, riding and exploring. After watching me go for runs for so many years, my daughter is now a runner and just completed her first marathon. She caught the bug too!
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