Hello All! My name is Alexa Smith, and I am the owner of Stroller Strong Moms in Columbus and Savannah, Georgia. I started SSM in Columbus in September of 2011. We had just moved to Columbus for the third time, but this time I had two children. I wanted to stay active and use my skills as a fitness coach and I thought to myself, ‘Columbus is such a fitness oriented town, it needs a stroller fitness class’. Using the experience I took with me from being a stroller fitness instructor in Hawaii, I put together plans for my own business called Stroller Strong Moms!
With what started a group of nineteen moms at one park with one instructor (me) at the grand opening class in 2011, has grown to a group of over three hundred moms (past and present) with five instructors and two parks as we come up on the two year mark next month! All of these moms have been dedicated to lead fit and healthy lifestyles! It has been so amazing to watch Stroller Strong Moms instructors and members establish themselves in the community as a group of energetic, hard working, goal oriented, spirited and fit moms; moms who represent at class, at races, and around town in SLAM shirts with a sense of loyalty and pride for what they do. What Stroller Strong Moms have is so special and unique and the camaraderie among SSMs is such an extraordinary thing.
Over the past two years, SSMs have teamed up in and out of class to push each other to reach goals they have set for themselves (5ks, 10ks, half marathons, marathons, Run Across Georgia, triathlons, etc.). With SSMs growing presence in Columbus’ fitness community, we thought our two year mark was just as good a time as any to start organizing our own 5k/10k. As moms, we have always tried to represent at races that benefit families and children. We want our race to do the same. It didn’t take much thought to figure out which program our race should benefit. Because five of our SSM families have children with autism, it was only appropriate to hand over our race proceeds to Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks is an organization that is dedicated to funding the research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The race is set or April 18th, 2014 and our plans are to ‘Light up Columbus’ blue for autism. We are so excited and hopeful that the funds we raise for Autism Speaks can help families get the treatment they need, and give them hope that their children will one day be cured of autism.