Friday, April 1, 2011

Long Distance Running Coach Charged with Child Abuse

A 32-year old man in Portland, Oregon was charged today when authorities arrived at his home to find him training his seven-month old daughter for ultra marathons.  Child and social services were tipped off when some neighbors noticed the continued "strange" parenting techniques.  One anonymous neighbor claimed to have seen the man taking his daughter through the trails near their home in Washington Park in a "tricked out" baby jogger--"The stroller had hydraulic shocks, lugged tires, and an aerodynamic shape to it....and they were moving through the trails at a pretty dangerous pace for carrying a young toddler", said the concerned neighbor.

Others reported sounds of the baby being left in her music-playing "jump-a-roo" for extended amounts of time to, apparently, build quadriceps muscles, strengthen feet, and to "push through the pain" hoping to build mental toughness.  When the house was searched authorities found a cassette tape that played subliminal messages on a loop while the child napped, and a projection screen for guided imagery.

The child's pediatrician was contacted and admitted that this baby was a little "advanced".  Her Residual Lung Volume and VO2 Max was much higher than toddlers her age, and she ranked in the 99th percentile for muscle tone and mitochondria found in the muscles.

THIS VIDEO was also found when searching the home, and authorities believe that he may be already training the young girl to consume Gu Energy Gels- which are often used in ultra marathons.

The father, who is an avid ultra marathoner and coach, awaits a courts decision.  You can follow the progress of the case by clicking HERE.

5 comments:

David Henry said...

Good stuff Yassine. I had a laugh seeing her go straight for the GU. Pretty good to get her to do that on demand...maybe you have been training her ;).

Scott Keeps Running said...

Lock him away FOREVER!

Yassine said...

haha! :-)

Joe Kleffner said...

Be careful. A toddler with super endurance sounds like trouble.
And if she eats like most ultrarunners that's a lot of diapers...unless you're training her to "pit stop" like ultrarunners too...

Chris said...

Way too funny! I'll sure be taking my little one out in the stroller sometime soon!