Francesco Perri's Family Story
I'm a trail and ultra runner living in Salt Lake City, Utah with my small family. Our children are still quite young (one and three years old) so I decided the best way to continue training for ultra marathons was to take my kids with me. On a typical day I'll get home from work, hurry and load up one of my kids in the Bumbleride to take them out for a run. We'll go out for 5-15 miles and they will just sit their enjoying the view while dad pounds the pavement. I also take my kids in our child carrier pack up in the mountains. Both of my children have made multiple summits all while napping their way up the mountain on my back. I love my children and want to be a good father but I didn't want to have to sacrifice my love of trail running so I've learned to take them with me. This has provided great bonding time; spending hours with my children getting them into nature. What I've learned as a parent is that you don't have to sacrifice your personal passions or hobbies; simply find a way to incorporate your children into what you do. For me that has provided valuable one-on-one time with each of my children and given my wife a much needed break.