The holidays are almost here and time is running out to finish your shopping list! If you’re still struggling to find the perfect gift for the runners or walkers in your life (or just need ideas for your own wish list), take a look at our Holiday Gift Guide below. We’ve found the best gifts for every type of runner.
For the First-Time Marathoner: Training Package
Make sure your runner/walker is prepared for their very first marathon by gifting them a personalized training package. We recommend including membership to a virtual training program like RunCoach, a gift certificate for a massage after the race, and a big frame for their finish line photo!
For the Music Lover: Yurbud Earphones + Tempo Run App
Designed for athletes, Yurbuds earphones are water and sweat resistant, designed to not fall out during exercise, and still let in ambient noise – perfect for runners or walkers. Pair this with the Tempo Run App, an app that sorts and plays your music to match the pace of your run, and you have the perfect gift for the music lover.
For the Athlete Who Has Everything: A Donation to the NCH Patient Champions
The holidays are all about giving. This year, give a gift to a Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champion in the name of your favorite runner and help a child in need.
For the Nutritionist: Clif Bar Snacks
Stock your runner up with some nutritious and delicious fuel from Clif Bar. From Clif Shot Energy Gels to the classic Clif Bar, this is just the healthy snack any runner needs for their next long-distance trek.
For the Data-Driven Athlete: Nike+ Fuelband SE
For the runner or walker who obsessively logs their miles, tracks their progress and keeps count of calories, the Nike+ Fuelband SE is the perfect gift for them.
For the Marathon Junkie: Medals Display Rack or Lasting Commemoratives Medal and Bib Dipslay
This race bib and medal display rack has plenty of space for all of the medals your favorite marathoner has collected over the years. They’ve worked hard for the bibs and medals they earned; help them show off in style!
If your runner would prefer a framed display themed around their favorite marathon, check out these products from Lasting Commemoratives. They’re even offering Columbus marathoners a special holiday deal! Now through the end of the year, receive 20 percent off and free shipping by entering the promo code ColumbusHoliday. Order by Dec. 18 to get your gift by Christmas Eve.
For the Techie: 180s Foundation Gloves
Built with ALLTouch and QuantumHeat technology, these 180s Foundation Gloves make the perfect stocking stuffer for runners using a training or music app on their touchscreen this winter.
For the All-Weather Athlete: Life Proof iPhone Case
For the runner/walker who isn’t afraid of a little rough weather, the Life Proof Nüüd iPhone 5s case is ideal. It’s water, dirt, snow and shock proof – allowing your athlete to get their workout on no matter the season.
For the Fashion-Forward Athlete:
Let the fashionable runners and walkers in your life pick out their own workout outfits by stashing a Second Sole gift certificate in their stocking. You can never have too much running gear!
For the News Junkie: Subscription to Runner’s World
Help your favorite runner or walker keep up on all the latest running news and training tips by gifting a subscription to Runner’s World magazine.
For Any Marathoner: Registration to the 2014 Columbus Marathon
This gift ranks number one on our list (for slightly biased reasons). From novices to veterans, show your support for their marathon goals by offering to buy their registration to the Columbus Marathon. We’ll be announcing soon when registration opens up early next year.
We hope these gift ideas have inspired you and made your shopping a little easier this year. From all of us at the Columbus Marathon, have a happy holiday!