Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Runners


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If you’re on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift for the runner in your life, look no further. Here, five awesome and unique holiday gifts for runners, handpicked by Run215 founder Jon Lyons. From the best fanny pack on planet Earth (a marathon runner’s must-have) to drink coasters made from old race bibs (seriously!), he’s got you covered. Happy shopping, folks!

1. SPIbelt, starts at $19.99.

“SPIbelt stands for Small Personal Item Belt, but I prefer to call it The Amazingly Incredible Fanny Pack That Fits Everything You Need During a Run. It’s a small Spandex-like pouch that stretches as you add to it and, seriously, it may be the single greatest running accessory that I have ever purchased. I’ve run two full marathons with a GU packet, my iPhone, keys, ID, credit card and cash stashed in this thing, and I honestly didn’t even notice it was around my waist. Also, it’s right around the $20 price mark and can be purchased at Philadelphia Runner or most other athletic stores; in other words, it’s a no-brainer gift.”

2. Gone For A Run Bib Coasters, $39.99.

“I’ve been known to have a few beers after a run, and this is an awesome gift that I wish I’d gotten in the past (hint, hint). It’s a set of drinking coasters that are made out of an old race bib! And the best part is, all you need to do is scan the bib and then email it in, and they take care of the rest. So there’s no need to destroy a perfectly good sentimental piece.” Editor’s note: I’d say this is the perfect gift for that person who just ran the Philadelphia Marathon for the first time, eh?

3. Triggerpoint GRID Foam Roller, $39.99.

“This is yet another item that I use constantly, since my IT band seems to hate me lately. The GRID foam roller is only the second roller I’ve ever bought, and I purchased it after my old foam roller lost its firmness. The awesome thing about this roller is that it has a PVC-type plastic lining that keeps it from softening and losing its shape, even after excessive use. It’s perfect for working out post-race knots.”

4. Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Watch, $249.99.

“This GPS watch is a great gift for the die-hard runner in your life. It rings in at about half the price of its older brother, the 620, while still boasting a ton of great features. The watch does the usual good stuff—tracking your distance, pace and heart rate, and auto pausing—but some other nice perks include color display, personal-record tracking, and Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone. But the two things that make this watch really cool are the Live Track and Vibration Alerts features. Live Track allows you to track your training runs and races in real time, and this can be broadcasted to friends and family who want to see your progress. Vibration Alerts let you know when you’ve fallen above or below a target pace, so you can stop constantly looking at your watch, which gives your runs a more natural feel.”

5. CEP Progressive+ Run Socks 2.0, $48.

“I know what you’re thinking: Socks for Christmas? That’s, like, the ultimate faux pas. But not these socks. These make your legs and feet feel like they’re getting the best hug ever every single time you put them on, and they’re incredibly breathable, so sweaty feet are a non-issue. I’ve been wearing these for a while now and I promise you, they are amazing.”

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