Cool Gear: Thule Chariot Cross 2

With the right gear, a toddler (or two) is no excuse to skip your run

Thule Chariot Cross 2, $900 (single); $1,000 (double)

Life is more expensive with kids, but this purchase will save your sanity!

For active parents, it’s hard to put a price tag on gear that allows you to get out and about with your offspring year-round. Sure you could spring for a gym membership and stick the little rascals in the nursery while you pound out a few miles on the treadmill, but why not just take them with you for your workouts? You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more adventure-approved stroller than the Thule Chariot Cross 2. Not only does it easily roll over a wide variety of terrain for a smooth ride (due to a sweet suspension system), it also can be converted into a tow-behind trailer for biking and skiing. It comes outfitted with a rain and wind cover, as well as a sun shade and comfortable padded seats that recline for tired little ones. Durability is key with this stroller—I defy even the most rambunctious toddler to try and damage it. Importantly, it folds down compactly for easy travel and storage and has a wide variety of accessories available on the Thule website. You get your workouts, your budding athletes get plenty of fresh air and parent time and everyone comes home happy!

Mackenzie L. Havey
Mackenzie L. Havey is the author of the forthcoming book, "Mindful Running" (October 2017, Bloomsbury Publishing, She writes about endurance sports and mind-body health and fitness for Runner's World, Competitor, Triathlete, and, among others. She holds a graduate degree in sports psychology, has completed 14 marathons and and Ironman triathlon, and is a USA Track & Field-certified running coach. Check out her work at