By Jennifer McCormack | If you’ve ever been driving around town and witnessed a long line of women running along the road, pushing strollers, or taking part in one of the many running events in Beaufort and have been motivated by the group of women racing while pushing their little ones; then you have encountered the Stroller Warriors® of Parris Island. This local chapter of ‘Military Mother Runners’ are a group of military spouses that came together to find camaraderie, support and motivation through running.
Stroller Warriors Running Club was established by military wife Stephanie Geraghty at Camp Lejeune in January of 2010. Stephanie formed the club to find a way to meet other military spouses in a child-friendly environment who shared her passion for running. The club’s mission is to help military families live happier, healthier lives through fitness, friendship, leadership, goal-setting, networking, fundraising, and community service.
Since the launch of Stroller Warriors Camp Lejeune, the club has grown by the thousands and currently includes 23 chapters around the world. Stroller Warriors Parris Island was the 4th Stroller Warriors chapter established and was formed by Dusti Coacher, a military wife in June of 2012.
Stroller Warriors Parris Island is a free running group for military spouses that currently meets twice a week for scheduled workouts, as well as hosts several events a month
ranging from Stroller Warriors Night Out, to Mini-Warrior Craft parties.
The club supports and caters to women of all running abilities. A large group of members just completed a Couch to 5k program, and the club is currently holding a Bridge to 10k training program that will graduate in June. Not only does the club support its Mother Runners, but it also loves to encourage the “Mini-Warriors” who accompany their mothers to all of the workouts. The club has a Mini-Miles program that allows the Mini-Warriors to run, bike, scooter, skate, or crawl a total of 26.2 miles over a period of 13 weeks and then run a graduation race to celebrate their achievement.
Stroller Warriors Parris Island is a sisterhood created to support women who serve our country by supporting our service members. The camaraderie and relationships built through the club not only support running goals but help members during deployments, separations, birthdays, births of children, illness and even through losses of life. Stroller Warriors Parris Island brings military spouses together from both Marine Corps bases, the Naval Hospital, and Army stationed here in Beaufort.
Not only does the club provide support for it’s members, but Stroller Warriors® Parris Island gives back to the community whenever possible. Members have raised money
for Healing Heroes of the LowCountry, the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA Beaufort), Operation Saving Jake, Marines & Mickey, The Semper Fi Fund, and the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. It’s members also volunteer to help Operation Homefront, the Stand Along Marine Project, Marines and Mickey, Soles 4 Soles and Wreaths Across America… regularly. Last year sixteen meal trains were set up for families in our community, and the club organized 2 collections for baby items for military families in need.
Stroller Warriors® Parris Island is coordinated by an amazing group of volunteers who are the backbone of the club. Their time and effort allows the club to coordinate challenging and motivational weekly workouts and events.
The club has reached to over 400 members in almost 3 years, and continues to grow.
For more information or to become a Stroller Warrior, visit http://www.strollerwarriors.com.