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Gift Ideas for Runners

Great Running Gear and Apparel

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Updated June 09, 2014

Whether they're training for a marathon or just trying to get in shape, the runners in your life will love these running gifts.

Garmin Forerunner Series

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Any runner who is into gadgets or tracking their distances will love one of these wristwatch GPS systems. They track all kinds of information, including how far you ran, how to get back to your starting point, and lots of statistical data. The Forerunner tracks the amount of calories burned and calculates them over the course of a workout. One of the unique features is a virtual partner -– it allows you to race against yourself or a set pace that you want to follow.
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Cold Weather Running Clothes

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Many runners run outside all winter long, so they need running clothes that are made for cold-weather running. Look for windproof and waterproof jackets, running shirts and pants made from synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene, running gloves, mittens, and hats designed for runners. Avoid buying clothes made from cotton because they'll stay wet with sweat and chill the runner.
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MedalART Wall Hangers

Medal Art Hangers
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Most runners have a collection of race medals and these MedalART Wall Hangers are a beautiful way to show them off. These original designs are hand sculpted from metal and make a great piece of wall art. Your medals easily slip onto the hanger, which can hold more than 24 medals.
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Sterling Silver 26.2 Marathon Necklace with Cubic Zirconium Stone

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Your favorite runner can't wear her marathon medal all the time, but she can remember her marathon accomplishment with this sterling silver handcrafted 26.2 pendant necklace. This beautiful charm features the 26.2 phrase cut out in italic letters and a cubic zirconia accent.

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YakTrax Ice Grippers

Yaktrax Ice Grippers
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Here's the perfect running gear to make winter runs safer. Yaktrax Ice Grippers offer traction and confidence for winter running. They slip right over running shoes, without adding any weight. The spikeless coils provide a solid, predictable grip so you don't slip or slide on the ice and snow.

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Spirit of the Marathon DVD

Spirit of the Marathon DVD
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This film is bound to capture the attention of and inspire runners, whether or not they're training for a marathon. The documentary shares the stories of six runners preparing for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. The runners, all with very different backgrounds and ability levels, have varied reasons for running the race and have their share of challenges along the way. Interspersed through their personal stories are vintage footage and interviews with running legends that illustrate the rich history of marathon running.

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Hydration Belt

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If you have a long-distance runner on your shopping list, they're running long enough that they need to hydrate on the run. Since finding fluids on the run isn't always easy, many long distance runners use hydration carriers to have their fluids close at hand. Many of the hydration carriers also include pouches that runners can use to carry their food and other long run supplies.

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GoMotion Reactor LightVest

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This low-profile, lightweight vest pack is perfect for runners who run in low-light or dark conditions, relay runners, or those who do a lot of trail running. With a 100-lumen LED light mounted mid-chest, runners will be able to see and be seen. And the pack's sturdy design makes sure the light stays put, so runners can run hands-free. Other features include a small accessory pocket for cell phone and bungee straps for shirt or shoes. For those who prefer a belt, GoMotion also makes a GoMotion LiteBelt.

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The Marathon Stick

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The Marathon Stick was specifically designed for runners to help increase flexibility, accelerate recovery time, and reduces muscle soreness, stiffness and pain. Similar to a foam roller, you can roll the stick on your muscles for a self-massage. The stick is small enough to fit into a backpack or small suitcase, so you can easily take it along to races. It's particularly effective at loosening up tight leg muscles.
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Running Book

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Inspire and educate the runners on your gift lists with some of these books about running. From training guides to motivational books, you'll find something for every kind of runner.
Also see: Running Books for Beginner Runners
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