The runner's holiday gift guide

Wondering what to get for the runner on your holiday list? Here are a few ideas. Photo: AP

NEW YORK, December 12, 2011—With just two weeks until Christmas and eight days until the start of Hanukkah, it’s time to get cracking on gifts if you haven’t already. Wondering what to get for the runner in your life? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Simple Hydration Water Bottle

Just pop the Simple Hydration water bottle in your waistband and go. (Photo:© 2011 Kevin R. Morris)

For the runner who likes to have a lot of tools in their tool belt, why not get them something innovative and new? Simple Hydration doesn’t just represent a new generation of water bottles. It reinvents the water bottle. Just hook it into your waistband and go. It really couldn’t be any simpler. The wide mouth is a godsend for cleaning or popping in ice cubes. And its slim, flat profile sits more comfortably in hand than any other water bottle I’ve run with. Simple Hydration represents real progress in design. For runners who hate hydration belts and hand-helds, or simply want another option, Simple Hydration is the perfect solution. $19.99.

The ClipE

Snap the ClipE onto your shirt for an easy way to manage headphone cords.

If your runner is anything like me, they’re constantly battling headphone cords, especially on the treadmill. I can’t tell you how many times my cord has gotten caught on the handlebars and nearly taken me down. Enter the ClipE, a super simple solution from Jessica Bylsma, a professional pilot and runner. Inspired by the clips pilots wear to keep their headgear cords out of the way, Bylsma invented the CipE for runners to do the same. It comes in an array of colors and styles sure to suit any runner. $6.95.

The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete

Matt Long’s story is sure to inspire nearly any runner.

By Matt Long

Many runners love an inspirational story about running, and it doesn’t get much better than New York City firefighter Matt Long’s incredible journey. An avid runner and triathlete, Long nearly died in a cycling crash that doctors said would leave him paralyzed. But 40 surgeries and three years later, Long did the unthinkable and ran the New York City Marathon. $15.99 in paperback.

 

Hands Free Dog Leash and Running Belt

Run hands free with Fido with this leash and running belt.

If your runner jogs with their pup, a hands-free dog leash is a must. This one from InTheCompanyOfDogs.com comes with a handy pouch for toting doggy bags and other essentials Fido might need while on the go. $39.95.

 

 

 

The Stick

The Stick

Runners come in all shapes and sizes, and so does the Stick, a massage tool to help ease sore and tight muscles. Whether your runner is a marathoner, a sprinter, or always on the go, there’s a Stick for them. You can choose a Stick based on size or flexibility for softer or deeper massages. Prices vary.

 

 

Running Ornaments

Imprint an ornament with a racing bib at GoneForARun.com.

Trim your runner’s tree with an assortment of ornaments from GoneForARun.com. From glass baubles to figurines and custom made ornaments imprinted with racing bibs, you’ll be sure to find a trinket your runner will love. Prices vary.

 

 

 

Medal Rack

Rack ‘em up with a medal display from Knob Creek Metal Arts.

If your runner is racking up the medals, help them put their achievements on display with a Medal Rack from Knob Creek Metal Arts. Choose from racks that read “Running,” “Marathons,” “13.1” “5K” “10K” or feature silhouettes of runners. From $16.99.

 

Karla Bruning is an award-winning journalist and running nerd. She has completed four marathons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.


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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine, RunnersWorld.com, Active.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.

 

A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

 

When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on RunKarlaRun.com, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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