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The Race for the Best Jogging Stroller of 2018

If you are a dedicated jogger/runner  the Urban Glide earned high marks in our metrics for Run-ability and Maneuverability.
Friday March 23, 2018
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Looking for a great jogging stroller? Confused by which features matter? We understand. To determine which strollers are the best for running and which make a nice versatile everyday option for parents on-the-go who like to run we considered over 40 possible jogging options. We narrowed the choice down to 17 popular choices for testing. It doesn't matter if you are a dedicated runner, or hoping to start a new activity routine, our testing process has all the information you need to find the best choice for your lifestyle and budget. We "ran" tests in metrics like run-ability, ease of use, maneuverability and more to narrow the competition down to several impressive award winners.


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Best Overall Jogging Stroller


Thule Urban Glide 2


The Thule Urban Glide 2 can make a great everyday stroller with covered storage and swivel wheel maneuverability.
Editors' Choice Award

$449.95
at Amazon
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Weight: 24.4 lbs | Folded Size: 15,388 cubic inches
Great runner
Easy to push and turn
Good quality
Lightweight
No parent console

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has unmatched scores for run-ability and maneuverability with the highest overall score in this group of jogging products. This combination makes the Urban Glide 2 our favorite jogging stroller, and the one we'd most likely recommend to a friend. This stroller also has a strong ease of use score, with covered storage, comfortable seating for passengers, and a giant canopy that all work well. This impressive jogger could work as your everyday stroller saving you time and effort over buying two products.

This stroller, like many joggers, is larger when folded and it may not fit in smaller vehicles or be easy to lift. However, with compelling features like the locking swivel front wheel, passenger stow pockets, simple fold, and competitive price, it is easy to see why this stroller won an Editors' Choice award.

Read review: Thule Urban Glide 2

Best Traditional Jogger


BOB Revolution Flex


Editors' Choice Award

$449.99
(10% off)
at Amazon
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Weight: 27.3 lbs | Folded Size: 14,497 cubic inches
Good for running
Easy to maneuver
Nice quality
Heavier
Higher price
Awkward fold

The BOB Revolution Flex scored a 2nd place rank with a high run-ability score and the second highest score for maneuverability. This high-quality workhorse of the jogging world is a great stroller for those who love to get outside and get moving, even off the beaten path. The Revolution has adjustable tracking and handlebar, a locking swivel front wheel, and adjustable suspension, offering everything a serious runner will want and everything the typical parent will need for smooth, on course running.

This jogger may not be a good choice for parents with limited space or difficulty lifting heavier items, as it is heavy, large, and awkward to lift. However, we think this is a great choice for going off-road thanks to the adjustable suspension and tires with more substantial tread, two things the Thule Urban Glide 2 doesn't have.

Read review: BOB Revolution Flex

Best for a Tight Budget


Baby Trend Expedition


The Baby Trend Expedition won our Best Value award
Best Value Award

$117.99
(21% off)
at Amazon
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Weight: 23.6 lbs | Folded Size: 13,285 cubic inches
Low price
Easy to push and turn
Easy to use
Not the best for running
Lower quality

The Baby Trend Expedition is a good everyday full-size stroller for parents who may want to jog occasionally. This stroller is easy to maneuver with pneumatic tires and a locking swivel front wheel. It is fairly lightweight and compact when folded, and it is easy to fold making it a good choice for everyday strolling and moving off the beaten path.

Unfortunately, it isn't the best for running and it lacks the tracking and suspension required for a genuinely good running stroller. However, it is designed with jogging in mind and will manage the occasional jog, even if serious runners will find it lacking. The Expedition is a nice budget-friendly stroller that gives the look-and-feel of a jogging stroller with features that make it suitable for everyday use, without spending more money if running isn't really your thing.

Read review: Baby Trend Expedition

Budget-Friendly and Versatile


Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit


Best Value Award

$649.00
(11% off)
at Amazon
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Weight: 40.9 | Folded Size: 30,090 cubic inches
Good for running
Versatile use
Less expensive
Heavy
No ski/sled mode

The Hamax Outback is a versatile bike trailer with much in common with the Thule Chariot Cross 2. However, the Hamax comes with a much cheaper price and only a few fewer features. The Hamax offers impressive run-ability for such a heavy stroller and is easy to tilt to turn despite the wider footprint. We like the ample storage and passenger stow pockets that little ones can reach even when buckled.

The Hamax lacks the ski/sledding accessory you can find on the Thule, and it is a lot of stroller to manage both when pushing and trying to stash in your car. The Hamax is expensive, even if it is less expensive than the similar Thule. So, if you don't plan to use it while biking, then it may not be a good choice for your family. However, if you enjoy multiple outdoor activities and want to ensure your baby can come along for the ride, then the Hamax is one to consider if you want to save some money over the higher ranking Thule Chariot Cross 2.

Read review: Hamax Outback with Jogger Kit

Top Pick for Versatility


Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jogging Kit


Top Pick Award

$1,179.90
at Amazon
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Weight: 32.9 lbs | Folded Size: 33,851 cubic inches
Good for running
Easy to use
Works for a variety of activities
Higher price
Wider width

The Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit is the Swiss Army Knife of strollers and won a Top Pick award for Outdoor Versatility. This trailer style stroller earned higher scores than the option it replaced, and we loved the improved features and functionality. This two-seater bike trailer is good for strolling, jogging, cross-country skiing, and biking with the right accessories (sold separately). If you love the outdoors and staying active, and aren't sure how you will keep your old habits after your baby arrives, then this is the stroller for your family.

This stroller is probably not the best solution for every family; with a price tag over $1000, you should be confident that outdoor adventures are in your future. It is also heavier and larger than a traditional jogging stroller so you should check your car to ensure it will fit where you need it to. But, if your budget allows and you love being outdoors we think you will enjoy sharing it with your baby in this all-purpose strolling dynamo.

Read review: Thule Chariot Cross 2 with Jog Kit

Top Pick for Ease of Use


Burley Solstice


Top Pick Award

$370.26
(7% off)
at Amazon
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Weight: 27.4 lbs | Folded Size: 23,138 cubic inches
Super easy to use
Good for running
Better quality
Heavier
No parent console

The Burley Solstice earned a 4th place rank in this review, receiving the top score for ease of use and good scores for run-ability, maneuverability, and quality. The Burley's well-rounded design and easy to use features helped it earn a Top Pick award for Ease of Use, and we can see why it is quickly becoming a parent favorite. This stroller has a large storage bin, easy fold, pop open harness, and super easy to use intuitive features that function well.

The Burley is one of the heavier options for a traditional jogger with a significantly larger fold than the other top options. However, this stroller impressed testers with a thoughtful design that keeps parents and passengers in mind while maintaining a list price closer to $400; the cheapest option in the top five scoring options.

Read review: Burley Solstice

Notable


Not all of the strollers can be award winners, but often there is a standout that we feel should be mentioned, even if it fails to make the cut for an award.

Up and Coming Jogger


Bumbleride Speed



$569.00
at Amazon
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Weight: 26.6 lbs | Folded Size: 13,283 cubic inches
Easy to push and turn
Lighter
Unique 2 mode locking wheel for running
Expensive
So-so tracking

The Bumbleride Speed is a step up for Bumbleride and our favorite from this brand so far. While it didn't manage to win an award it did perform well compared to the stiff competition with better than average scores in each metric including run-ability and ease of use. We like the convenience features of this stroller and how easy it is to push and turn. It is a nice looking option that is relatively lightweight and compact when folded. This model comes with a cool two mode locking front wheel for versatile running options with one setting that allows for a 30-degree rotation our professional running liked.

The Speed is expensive, even for a jogger, and the quality wasn't as good as the top performers. If Bumbleride improves on the tracking of the locked wheel and increases run-ability, the Speed could be a real contender bringing something to the party that no other jogger currently offers.

Read review: Bumbleride Speed


Analysis and Test Results


We purchased 17 top jogging strollers and tested them over several months to determine which options are a cut above the competition. We "ran" the strollers through their paces including all the activities you are likely to experience during ordinary use and while running. These strollers were used by multiple testers and assessed in detail side-by-side to see how each stacked up against the others. Our tests are designed to uncover all the information you need to know about jogging strollers, so you can make an informed decision about which option is best for your family.

Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).
Some of the top jogging strollers we tested (Several new and updated models not shown in this original picture).

User experience and in-house lab test results determine scores in individual metrics, which are then used to calculate overall scores and rank. Scores are weighted to favor what we believe is essential to jogging strollers; factors like run-ability and ease of use are emphasized in the overall score because superior run-ability is still the main reason parents consider purchasing a jogger.

Safety Considerations for Jogging with Baby
Running with young babies is not advised. Babies should not be in a quick moving stroller until at least 8 months of age for smooth flat surfaces like concrete or paved paths and 12-18 months old for uneven or bumpy/hiking terrain. We recommend parents discuss their jogging and outdoor activity plans with their child's pediatrician prior to embarking on any new fun. Find out more in our Buying Advice article.


Value


While many consider jogging strollers to be an additional stroller, recent versions prove they can work as your main stroller and jogger which saves you money over purchasing two different products for different tasks. Compared to the average price of the full-size strollers, the joggers are actually a good value with impressive performance for maneuverability, good storage, giant canopies, and other features parents may be looking for. Three of the top five joggers have a list price of $450 or under, this is on par with the top five full-size options. If your budget is tight, the Baby Trend Expedition offers adequate performance with lots of features for a very wallet-friendly list price of only $150.

The Thule Glide 2 is a fixed wheel jogger that earned a second-place score for run-ability which is less than its swivel wheeled brother  the Thule Urban Glide 2.
The Thule Glide 2 is a fixed wheel jogger that earned a second-place score for run-ability which is less than its swivel wheeled brother, the Thule Urban Glide 2.

Run-ability


We have multiple users run with each jogger to determine run-ability. This includes a professional runner who can remark on each stroller's ergonomics and features designed for running. It is important to have a jogger with features designed for running like adjustable tracking, suspension, handlebar shape and tire type.

The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving the red ball and the tracking can be adjusted by turning the black knob below the wheel lock.
The front wheel on the BOB Revolution Flex can be locked by moving the red ball and the tracking can be adjusted by turning the black knob below the wheel lock.

How easy a stroller is to run with is impacted by the manufacturing process that brings all the components together with little flex and low tolerance for manufacturing variations or flaws. We searched for products that run straight without effort, provide excellent biomechanics, and are not a struggle to push or tilt to turn.


The BOB Revolution Flex and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both earned the high score for run-ability with 9s. The BOB Revolution Flex is easy to push with adjustable tracking, suspension, and handlebar. The Thule Urban Glide 2 has an adjustable handlebar, stationary rear shocks for a smooth ride, and adjustable tracking with the best rolling resistance. If running is your thing, you can't do better than these top performers. However, running off-road may necessitate the adjustable suspension found on the BOB Revolution Flex to increase the passenger comfort. The Graco FastAction Fold Jogger is hardest product to run with according to our testers. This Graco doesn't have adjustable tracking, is heavy, and difficult to push in a straight line or turn. Our professional runner feels the Graco is a non-starter because it doesn't offer suspension of any kind and it doesn't run straight. The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is also good for running which is impressive as it isn't a traditional jogging stroller.

The Burley Solstice storage bin is extra-large  holds up to 15 lbs  and has easy access from the back and sides. While not the largest in the review  nor covered  the Solstice bin is super easy to use.
The Burley Solstice storage bin is extra-large, holds up to 15 lbs, and has easy access from the back and sides. While not the largest in the review, nor covered, the Solstice bin is super easy to use.

Ease-of-Use


Ease of use metric includes features that make a stroller easier to use or provide more than just good run-ability. Some of the options we tested include features good for everyday use like a parent console, storage, and child tray. However, the higher scoring joggers don't offer many additional features like these because they are dedicated to running. Extra features add weight, something you don't want while running.


Higher ranked strollers in this metric are more enjoyable to use for the most part. Despite lacking some of the bells and whistles traditionally found on a full-size stroller, the joggers do have some storage and a canopy to protect little ones from the elements.

The sunshade on the BOB Revolution Flex 2016 is very large and covers more of your little one than the competition.
The sunshade on the BOB Revolution Flex 2016 is very large and covers more of your little one than the competition.

Sunshade


A good sunshade can protect your baby from the sun and other elements. The better products have a canopy big enough to cover down pas the passenger's knees with potential for better protection like a pop-out visor or rotation. The canopies on the BOB strollers are some of the biggest in the bunch, with an excellent peek-a-boo window, and coverage over the entire seat. The Thule Glide 2, Thule Urban Glide 2, and the Burley Solstice also have large shades that cover similar territory as the BOBs. The Thule shades also have a pop out visor for increased sun protection with the ability to rotate them forward for low light and wind protection.

The Glide 2 canopy has a plastic peek a boo window with a cover that has a magnetic closure.
The peek-a-boo window on the Ironman has a canvas cover that attaches with hook and loop closure or can be tucked into the pocket for a clean look when open
The Schwinn Arrow has a small sun shade  small peek-a-boo window  and sort of a weird useless clear sun visor
The canopy on the Burley looks smaller  but covers the same amount of real estate as the impressive canopies on the BOB strollers.
The photos show some of the canopies in this review. From left to right they are Thule Glide 2, BOB Ironman, Schwinn Arrow, and the Burley Solstice.

The Burley Solstice has one of the easiest folds in the group with a one-handed operation that also self-stands or sits on its wheels to keep the stroller cleaner. However  the final package is still on the large side compared to some of the competition.
The Burley Solstice has one of the easiest folds in the group with a one-handed operation that also self-stands or sits on its wheels to keep the stroller cleaner. However, the final package is still on the large side compared to some of the competition.

Fold and Unfold


We test how easy each stroller is to fold and unfold. The Burley Solstice earned a 9 with a simple straightforward fold. Folding and unfolding are more important if you need to do this frequently for commuting or storing; using one hand, folding quickly, or the ability to self-stand are important if you have time limitations.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps contents contained and dry.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the only option with a cover that keeps contents contained and dry.

Storage


Each jogger provides some type of storage. The storage on the Thule Urban Glide 2 is large enough for our large diaper bag and it comes with a waterproof cover that prevents contents from falling out or getting dirty (a rare feature in this category) by zipping closed. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the highest maximum weight limit at 22 lbs, and the bin has divided pockets for organizing and a zippered mesh cover for the entire bin that keeps items contained but not protected from the elements. In addition to the storage basket, some of the joggers have a rear back pockets and passenger stow pockets. All the Thule and BOB strollers sport this, as does the Mountain Buggy Terrain, and Burley Solstice.

The under seat storage bin does hold a large diaper bag  but it is hard to access because the handlebar sticks out so far
The storage bin on the Terrain has a mesh zippered cover.
The bar across the middle of the Joovy storage bin  coupled with the strap down the back  make it a bin that is hard to access and fully utilize.

The photos above show a few of the storage bins side-by-side including the simple BOB Sport Utility, the mesh-covered Mountain Buggy Terrain, and the blocked access of the Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight.

Additional features are nice to have  like the parent console on the Baby Trend Expedition  but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running  so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum.
Additional features are nice to have, like the parent console on the Baby Trend Expedition, but it is hard to utilize a cup holder while running, so keep your list of must have features to the bare minimum.

Some of the options have parent consoles and child trays. However, during testing, we found the consoles were more of a hassle than an asset when moving quickly. Regular runners might find falling items annoying. Alternatively, Parents running errands might feel lost without a cup holder and other storage features. Where parents fall on this spectrum, and how much they use these features will vary. The Mountain Buggy Terrain has the best hydration holders with long water bottle sleeves that are easy to use and keep bottles in place, even while running.

The dual water bottle holders on the Terrain are unique to Mountain Buggy strollers  and we think the sleeves are some of the best hydration holders on the market.
The dual water bottle holders on the Terrain are unique to Mountain Buggy strollers, and we think the sleeves are some of the best hydration holders on the market.

For safety, we recommend that you do not utilize cup holders or parent consoles while jogging or running. During testing, almost every cup holder failed to hold a standard water bottle and most fell out and landed on our "baby".

The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a large canopy and a seatback that reclines far enough for cozy napping making it a good choice for jogging and a primary stroller.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 has a large canopy and a seatback that reclines far enough for cozy napping making it a good choice for jogging and a primary stroller.

Seat


All of the seats recline and most recline with a one-handed operation. While your baby should only be at a slight angle when running, it's nice to know that a stroller reclines deep enough for a comfy nap. None of the leg rests are adjustable, but most are padded with a durable footrest. We prefer products with a sling style seat and suspension for comfort.

Ease of Setup


Ease of setup is not the most important metric in the group because with any luck you'll only be doing this operation once. The Thule Glide 2 and Thule Urban Glide 2 both set up with no tools and assembly consisted of sliding wheels on and not much else. If you're worried you will get overwhelmed with parts, tools, and poor manuals, then either one will work well for you.

The Outback must be tipped back for turning when using the jogging kit which makes it a poor choice for crowded or tight spaces.
The Outback must be tipped back for turning when using the jogging kit which makes it a poor choice for crowded or tight spaces.

Maneuverability


Maneuverability is something most parents expect from a stroller, and jogging products are no exception. While you might be willing to forgive a fixed wheel running stroller for its inability to make tight turns, it isn't as easy to forgive swivel wheel options for being too big to navigate a small space. Depending on the type of journey and the intended terrain, you may have to make concessions on what you are willing to accept in every use to get the running performance you want.


Each product was put through the same course and used on the same trails and paths. We tested products on and off the pavement, concrete, dirt trails, grass, and around an obstacle course to see which offered the most diverse maneuverability. In short, a locking swivel wheel stroller is the best for parents who want to run regularly and use their stroller for everyday use. This feature provides the necessary fixed wheel for running but gives you the versatility of a swivel wheel for navigating the grocery store and other errands. This kind of versatility increases a stroller's usability for everyday outings.

The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.
The Urban Glide 2 is easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel front wheel and air-filled rubber tires.

All of the strollers in this review have larger rubber pneumatic tires. Some of the options have a fixed front wheel while others have a swivel wheel you can lock in place for running. Traditionally, a fixed front wheel has been considered the gold standard for running strollers. However, new locking swivel front wheels have proven they have what it takes for serious running and everyday use. The Thule Urban Glide 2 received the high score in this metric of 9. It navigates obstacles with ease, but once the front wheel is locked, it still is relatively easy to maneuver and turn compared to the fully fixed wheel options. The hardest to push and turn is the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger. It is so difficult to move that we had trouble with the locked and swiveling.

The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.
The overall look and feel of the Urban Glide 2 is one of quality and thoughtful design with hidden seams and connection points that give it a sleek appearance that is second to none.

Quality


For quality, we look for strollers that are well-made, user-friendly, durable, and look like they could stand the test of time through multiple children and a variety of adventures. Some of the materials are nice quality, including ripstop fabric and lightweight aluminum, while other materials are heavier steel or have plastic connectors. We considered all of the materials, stitching, frames, flexing, wheel design, connection points, and any exposed rivets or unique designs.

With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points  the fit and finish on the Baby Trend Expedition isn't as good as some of the higher scoring models in this review.
With bunched up fabric and exposed connection points, the fit and finish on the Baby Trend Expedition isn't as good as some of the higher scoring models in this review.

The highest quality products are the Thule and BOB strollers. These two brands are well designed, thoughtfully constructed, and use parts and materials that are durable and look good.


The fabric for these strollers have a tight weave and are snag resistant. The fit to the frame is tight, and in some places has no visible ends. These strollers have stiff frames with little to no flex, and suspension and connections that increase performance. The Burley Solstice and the Mountain Buggy Terrain were close in quality with scores of 8, just below the 9s for the BOB strollers and the Thule Urban Glide 2, and 10 for the Thule Glide 2.

Removing the quick release rear wheels on the Thule Urban Glide 2 can make it smaller and more compact.
Removing the quick release rear wheels on the Thule Urban Glide 2 can make it smaller and more compact.

Weight and Folded Size


The jogging products vary in weight between about 20 to 32 lbs. While neither of those weights constitutes a struggle for some, others might wish they had opted for a lighter stroller. It may not sound like a big difference, but holding a stroller out from your body to put it in a trunk might be more than you want to do. We think less is more for stroller weight, and if you plan to fold your jogger in half and take it to new locations, you probably want to consider one of the lighter options. The Thule Glide 2 and the Thule Urban Glide 2 both weigh 24.6 lbs, which is an increase from their formerly lighter weights. However, this is still less than the BOB Revolution Flex at 27.3 lbs and the Burley Solstice at 27.4 lbs. The Baby Trend Expedition is only 23.6 lbs, but with its lack of running features, we think it is worth the additional pound of the Thule options to get a better jogger.


Unfortunately, the weight of a stroller is only part of the story; how big the stroller is when folded is also important. If you can't fit the item in your car, it means you aren't going to use it as frequently as you intend.

The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.
The Baby Trend Expedition has a small compact fold and self-stands for easy stowing.

The Thule Urban Glide 2 is only about 15,388 cubic inches when folded, but the Thule Glide 2 is larger at closer to 20,352 cubic inches. While the BOB Revolution Flex is only 14,497, making it smaller than both Thule options. The Best Value winner, the Baby Trend Expedition, is the smallest once folded at 13,200 cubic inches, but the smaller fold comes with a heavier weight of 23.6 lbs. Due to a wide variation of sizes and shapes, it is important that you consider weight and folded size before making a purchase. If you can't lift it or fit it in your car, then it probably isn't the best stroller for you.

Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2  Grand Safari  Burley Solstice  Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight  Bumbleride Speed  Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).
Top-ranked strollers were put to the test to find the best jogging style stroller on the market (Thule Chariot Cross 2, Grand Safari, Burley Solstice, Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight, Bumbleride Speed, Mountain Buggy Terrain and updated versions of the Thule strollers not shown).

Conclusion


Jogging style strollers have become a must-have baby gear item for most families, whether they run or not. The three-wheel design, rubber tires, and ability to move easily over various terrains make them a parent favorite suitable for a busy family, even for parents that don't plan to run. We think joggers are great options for being your only stroller because they are versatile and offer most of the features parents look for in everyday use as well as running. There is something for everyone in this group of products, no matter what your goals and our award winners are a great place to start your search.

About the Review Team


We used each jogging stroller extensively over a two month testing period, both for running and in day-to-day use. In addition to our everyday testing process, we were joined by running expert, Carrie Vickers, in our analysis of each product. More information on our testing process can be found in How We Tested.

Professional runner  Carrier Vickers  helped BabyGearLab test the each jogging stroller  including the Burley Solstice seen here.
Professional runner, Carrier Vickers, helped BabyGearLab test the each jogging stroller, including the Burley Solstice seen here.

Carrie Vickers


Ratings and insights on the jogging products include analysis of run-ability from our running expert, Carrie Vickers. Carrie is a mother of three and a professional running biomechanics consultant, as well as a national-class runner.

You can read more about Carrie's impressive running bio on her profile page.


Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers