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Best gift ideas for marathon runners

It is often a headache to decide upon a gift item for the athletic friend. And you will always want your gift to be used by your friend instead of being locked up in the closet. So, stop scratching your head. Get some nice ideas on the gifts that you can give your friends and acquaintances who love running.

Marathon runners have already taken to the tracks for practice for their upcoming events. With the list increasing by the day, the scope for the runners to participate and score well has also gone up. Along with the full marathons, half marathons, SBI green marathons and ultra marathons, many running events like the Tribute Run, Womenasia run, Day and Night run and Triathlons are also organized by various corporate and non-corporate organizations in their respective cities to encourage the budding runners.

Gift as a token of support

These marathon runners could be your friends, relatives, neighbors or just acquaintances. They need your support and encouragement for the endeavor. Gifting them with something valuable could be a way to show your appreciation and support for them.

Now, the question arises as to what could be the good items for the purpose? You would not wish to gift them something that would not be appreciated and kept in a corner of the house. Instead, consider items, however small or however less in price, that your friend could use frequently during his training and practice period for the running event. The item will remind him or her of your faith and confidence in him.

Gift ideas

Running out of ideas for the gift items to present your dear friend? Well, find some of the items here itself. But first, sit down and think twice of the amount you would like to spend on the item.

Basic items

  1. Accessories: There could be a range of items that can be bought as a running accessory. The resistance bands that strengthen the ankles, feet, and shins and prevent injuries can be one such example. A stretching strap is also a good recovery tool and can be purchased for your friend. Hydration tools like Camelbaks, hydration belts, and handheld bottles are other items needed for the training.
  2. Running shoes: Your buddy will definitely be requiring a good pair of running shoes. And he will be happy with more pairs. But if you decide to gift him the shoes, do not ever try to surprise him. It is advisable that your friend accompanies you while you purchase the shoes for the exact size. Or else you may even buy on your own only after consulting about the brand and the size your friend prefers.
  3. GPS Watches: Runners need GPS watches to keep track of their movements. Getting the modern GPS watch will be a boon to your friend preparing for the upcoming Marathons. You may go for the budget watches that track only the steps. But there are advanced GPS watches as well with the quality reception to track the steps and sleep. These watches also come with seamless Bluetooth syncing to your phone and apps.
  4. Wireless Headphones: Runners often take up wireless headphones while training for the big events. Light music on the headphone often contributes to motivating the runner to run that extra mile.

Motivational Items

One may also gift some items that can motivate and encourage the runners to work harder and be focused.
  1. Books: Biographies and autobiographies of great sportsperson can be gifted to the aspiring runners. Apart from these, 'The Little Book of Talent' by Daniel Coyle and 'Walking' by Henry David Thoreau can also be given as a gift item.
  2. Movie and music CDs: Music CDs often relax the runners. Many movie CDs on sports and sportsmen are available like 'Bhag Milkha Bhag', 'Marathon Boy', 'Spirit of Marathon', 'Running Brave', 'Chariots of Fire', etc.
  3. Personalized medal Holder: As a runner, the friend might be having many medals and certificates to boast about. A personalized medal holder is just the thing for all his medals. He can now showcase them in a better way instead of pitting them all in the drawer or closet.

Relaxation related items

Apart from the things that can be required for the training, there are many more items that are needed to prepare the body for the training.
  1. Basic Foam Roller: Your friend might not have realized but a roller could be quite a solace if he is taking up running after a gap or is a newbie. The foam roller eases the tight muscles and prevents internal injuries that are common in this stage.

  2. Recovery Sandals: Your friend and acquaintance will definitely thank you while relaxing from the comforts of the recovery sandals that pamper their feet after hard workouts or races. These specially crafted sandals provide arch support and make runners feel as if walking on the cloud.

Actions speak louder than words. Your gift to your friend and relative should show your support to their cause. You can easily choose from a range of gift products for your runner friend. But do make it a point to check on how your friend can utilize the gift to his benefit.


Author: Reena Upadhya14 Sep 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 8

It is a very interesting article. Author has taken efforts in creating different categories for gift items such as basic, motivational and relaxation which is very interesting. She definitely deserves appreciation for her efforts.

How about gifting a treadmill? Though a little expensive but quite an interesting gift. It can be a perfect gift to near and dear marathon runners. New treadmills come with innovative features. They help the runners to run anywhere in the entire world virtually. Every time they will run on the treadmill, they will cherish the beautiful memories and thank you for the precious machine that you gifted them.

Gym bags specially designed for marathon runners are available in the market and very popular among them. Marathon runners don't have to pack everything in a suitcase. They just need to pack their luggage for a day. These kinds of marathon runner gym bags keep their things organized into separate compartments and serve as very handy. As soon as they need their energy gels or water bottles or socks, they know in which compartment they need to look.

Books on healthy recipes will help them plan their meals in a much better way. They can enjoy tasty food without gaining body fat. They can boost their energy levels in a much delicious way and they will thank you for that. This kind of diet that is nutrient-dense will help them in better training.

T-shirts with motivational quotes written on them is another great gift. Every time they will wear your gifted t-shirt they will know that their practice and efforts matter equally to others as much as it matters to them. It is a great gift idea that will come to their everyday use as well as help them keep motivated, especially during those days when they don't feel like training their body for running.

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