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Gear for Your Little Runner

Support your athlete with these essentials.


Wispy, stray hairs and dripping sweat are a pesky distraction on longer runs. That’s where the Athleta Double Trouble Headband comes into play. The double strap design helps it stay put while buttery soft material ensures a snug yet comfortable fit.


Aspiring runners (or any athlete for that matter) can pack their practice essentials in the Nike Tanjun Kids’ Tote. The durable design has spacious storage for a water bottle, sweatshirt, and snacks. A separate side pocket provides a safe space for smaller items, like lip balm or hair ties.


Kids can track everything from the length of their run to the quality of their sleep with the Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3. The watch is available in vibrant colors and select Disney and Marvel designs, making it appealing for kids. The easy-to-replace battery lasts up to one year (so you can go charger-free) and playtime unlocks educational adventures, games, and icons.


Roll out sore muscles post-run with Bullseye’s Playground Foam Rollers. At an affordable price point, the duo can help calm inflammation while gently massaging tired legs. Young runners can also use the rollers to build their core strength and improve balance.


Every runner needs a pair of quality, supportive kicks. Asics Gel-NOOSA Tri 13 Running Sneakers were designed for neutral runners who have normal arches and have even distribution from the front of the foot during push off. A mesh material improves the fit while increasing airflow to keep feet cool.

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