A runner’s Holiday wishlist

It’s that time of year again—the holiday season has arrived! Do you have a runner on your gift list? If you’re having trouble when it comes to finding that perfect gift don’t panic! This year, Jenn Tuthill, Run Ottawa’s trusted social media mastermind, has curated a list of items she thinks they’d love to have delivered to their door!

I’m so excited to share my running wishlist this year—and the best part is that all these gift ideas can be found in the Run Ottawa online shop! Gifting to your running besties has never been easier!

Robin Des Bas socks

These socks are made from synthetic fabric yarns that let your feet breathe while you’re out there crossing off the kilometres, plus they come in a variety of cool colours! For every pair of socks sold, the manufacturer Robin Des Bas will donate a pair of socks to people in need.

USWE Hydration Vest

I go by the motto “Hydrate or diedrate” so of course this hydration vest made it onto my wishlist. Hydration plays a key role in so many aspects of running and training, so this gift idea is practical, useful and will keep that running friend thinking of you everytime they wear it.

Garmin Smartwatch

What runner wouldn’t want to unwrap a Garmin smartwatch for the holidays? I love that Garmin helps take the guesswork out of my training by suggesting workouts of varying intensities based on my training history, fitness level and recovery time. I just lace up, hit the start button and go!

Run Gloves

These tech savvy run gloves that will keep your hands warm and dry! They’re water resistant with a thermal fleece layer inside. They also have fingertips that are touchscreen compatible and palms with a non-slip with the silicone grip to keep you from dropping your phone while taking your Insta-worthy run pics! Perfect for the social media junkie on your list!

Run Ottawa’s Tempo Blend Coffee

I don’t like to lace up until I’ve had my morning cup (or two) of coffee, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will find a bag of Run Ottawa’s Tempo Blend Coffee in my stocking this year. Not only is this coffee locally-roasted, it also gives back to the community. Directly sourced by The Artery Community Roasters, Run Ottawa’s Tempo Blend Coffee is produced by people living with disabilities and a portion of all proceeds is donated to ABLE2 (formerly Citizen Advocacy). It’s available in a dark or medium roast and can be purchased by the bag or as a Bi-weekly or monthly subscription.

Endurance Tap gels with caffeine

If the runner in your life has spring marathon goals like I do, a pack (available in 6, 12, or 24) of Endurance Tap gels with caffeine will help fuel their training. These gels are easy to digest, provide an even energy release and contain 50 mg of sodium. Everything that runners need to perform at their best!

Running apparel

Does your bestie’s running wardrobe need a refresh for the new year? I know mine does! With running apparel options for every season, the Run Ottawa online shop has your apparel gift options wrapped up!

A Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Registration

Running friends are the best of friends, so why not run Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2023 together? ake care of their race registration fee! As a bonus: you’ll receive a special discount promo code for 15% off most items in the Run Ottawa shop!

A Run Ottawa membership

My favourite gift idea on this list is the gift of community, a Run Ottawa membership! Not only can your friends take advantage of a 10% discount on all 2023 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend events, they’ll receive 1 FREE entry to a 2023 Run Ottawa event of their choice (excluding Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend), a $10.00 discount on all 2023 Run Ottawa events, plus other great perks!


A gift card to the Run Ottawa online shop

Still not quite sure what gift to get that runner in your life? A gift card to the Run Ottawa online shop is a simple and thoughtful solution! 


With these gifting suggestions, I hope you can complete your holiday shopping in record time! You may have even found a few ideas to add onto your own wishlist!

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