Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Gifts for runners

By Columbus Alive
From the November 22, 2012 edition

Central Ohio Trail Runners T-shirt, $15

But It: Available at select COTR events

You can’t find these online or in a brick-and-mortar store, but that only contributes to the shirt’s radness. In other words, you have to earn this technical shirt by showing up to a trail running event put on by the Central Ohio Trail Runners and getting a little, well, dirty.

Cool Point, $19.99

Buy It: Fleet Feet, 1270 East Powell Road, Powell

614-846-5625

fleetfeetcolumbus.com

Beating the heat might be the last thing on any runner’s mind right now, but that doesn’t diminish the cool factor of this newly re-branded product. Featuring improved gel, 50 percent longer cooling times and a lighter strap, Cool Point could easily become a staple of your summer runs.

SPIbelt, $19.99

Buy It: Fleet Feet, 1270 East Powell Rd., Powell

614-846-5625

fleetfeetcolumbus.com

I bought one of these belts prior to the Akron Marathon this year and it hasn’t left my waist during a run since. Whether used to stash a spare key, my iPhone, a few bucks or energy gels, the SPIbelt has become a truly can’t-leave-behind product mostly because I never know it’s even there.

Good Greens energy bars, $29.88 for one box (12 bars)

Buy It: Raisin Rack, 2545 Schrock Rd. Westerville

614-882-5886

goodgreens.com

My go-to energy bar, Good Greens bars are often vegan, gluten free and provide all of your daily fruits and veggies. Oh, and they’re made in Shaker Heights, Ohio, too. I love these bars for not only the nutritional benefits, but also because they have the right amount of give when you bite down — not too hard or soft — and they taste amazing.

Bib bag, $85

Buy It: By The RunningBagLady on Etsy

etsy.com

The time and energy spent preparing for a race makes it hard to throw out race bibs. But what else do you do with them, save stuffing the bibs into a drawer or plastering them onto your fridge? Enter: the bib bag. About 20 race bibs are needed to make one bag. Smaller, book size totes are also available, and they take about 12-14 race bibs. Even more incentive to get out there and race.