RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - In Richmond Hill running circles, Sherri Armitage is known as “Quad Mom.”
Everyday life with quadruplets is every bit the whirlwind for Armitage, as you might expect.
“There’s never a dull moment. It’s constant energy. From the time they’re up until the time they go to bed, we’re moving,” she said.
Often, moving together, powered by Mom toward a defined finish line.
Armitage says she runs for relaxation, while pushing her four 4-year-olds in a quadruple stroller that can be as challenging to control as a shopping cart with a balky wheel.
“They’re about 200 pounds with the stroller and the kids in it, so it completely outweighs me,” she said.
When she really wants to take it easy, she enters all five of them into road races.
“The joke with my husband is, if he comes home and he can tell that we’re all stressed out, he’ll say, 'just go for a run somewhere. Go for a run.”
Saturday morning, Armitage will attempt her first half-marathon. She had even hoped to set a world record for pushing four babies 13.1 miles.
“So, we contacted Guinness, and Guinness said in order for it to be in the book, it had to be two hours or faster. I don’t know if that’s going to happen. However, just knowing that I completed it will be a success,” she said.
Armitage has completed up to one mile in training, and works out regularly with the Stroller Strong Moms group at Richmond Hill’s JF Gregory Park.
"I remember my first couple of weeks, I was like, ‘this is hard. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this,' and it doesn’t get easier. You just push yourself harder.
She has already done something harder than a half-marathon - the Savannah Bridge Run - four times.
“I did the 5K, the 10K, the Double Pump,” she said.
“I’ve pushed them up and over the bridge a total of seven times, but I think it’s harder coming down because of the velocity of them pulling me. We have to strap things onto my waist so that the stroller doesn’t get out of my arms.”
The Armitage clan will be back at it on Saturday, running and rolling their way to a personal milestone if not a world record, and handling every unexpected bump in the road that quadruplets bring.
“It’s an adventure, yeah. It’s exciting. It’s exhausting. It’s basically every end of the spectrum that you can think of,” she said.
Dan Pavlin, the race manager for Saturday’s Love Chocolate 10K and Half Marathon and a friend of Armitage’s, had the course certified so she can make an official attempt at a Guinness Book record. She would have to shave more than a minute per mile off of her typical race time to qualify for a record.