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19 Perfect runDisney Gift Ideas and Guide

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19 Perfect runDisney Gift Ideas and Guide

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Disney Gift Guide: runDisney Gifts Edition

Do you know somebody who is a huge runDisney fan and is about to have their first race soon, or perhaps they’re a veteran on their 5th race?

Many of my close friends dedicate lots of time prepping for the races hosted through the runDisney organization. Sometimes I don’t even realize just how hard they are training for one race alone. Plus, there’s the costly financial obligation that can add up quickly to be a part of one of Disney’s famous marathons.

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Since the holiday season and the runDisney season is quickly approaching, I thought it would be great to give you a few gift ideas for the runDisney Runner in your life!


19 Gift Ideas Gifts for runDisney Runners at Any Price Range



1 – Water Bottle



It’s extremely important to stay hydrated during a marathon, especially in the peak summer heat.  The Dollar Tree has water bottles that come in many different colors and designs just for you. You can also find a wide variety of unique Disney-styled water bottles to keep your beverage cool throughout your race.

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2 – Foam Roller




A foam roller will help your runner loosen up tight muscles when training and will also help prevent any injuries from happening. This is a must have item for any runner. You can learn more about the importance of a foam roller here.


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3 – Running Guide Book



There are many books online to help your runner prepare for a race. I recommend getting one such as, Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World, which is made specially for participants of the runDisney races.

Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World offers advice on resorts, restaurants, race registration, packing tips, spectator information, training, race day information and much more! This guidebook also gives participants peace of mind before heading into their first or fiftieth runDisney event.

Order the book here.


4 – Headband



Headbands serve many purposes, but are necessary for a runDisney go-getter. Headbands such as, Lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband II, not only help hold the hair back, but it is also an excellent choice on holding off the sweat from seeping into the eyes and it won’t slip off of your runner’s head.


Order runner’s headband here.


5 – Entry for Next Race


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Payment for an entry to one of the runDisney races is the ultimate gift for that runner in your life. As mentioned earlier, the cost of participating in a Disney-inpired race can get costly. If you get this for your loved one, you will be the star of the year!


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6 – Safety Accessories



Identification bracelets with name, medical conditions, allergies, and emergency contact are important just in case your runner experiences anything unmagical.


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Reflective visors or night jogging vests will help keep the runner safe during training sessions that may have to take place in the evening.


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7 – Running Belt



A running belt is a lightweight waist pouch used to hold your runner’s wallet, keys, phones, identification cards and other small racing accessories. I recommend the Fitletic brand, which has a variety of sizes and styles to choose from.


The iFitness Neo II is the best option for a runDisney runner.


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8 – Running Watch



Watches used for training can range in cost from about $50 to $300 with functions differing based on all the bells and whistles added to the device. Garmin Forerunner 235 is my recommendation for a watch not too expensive (averages about $219), but still provides features such as wrist-based continuous heart rate monitoring and access to Garmin’s marathon-specific training apps.


Order the running watch here.



9 – Gone for a Run Medal Display



Designers at Gone for a Run produce Disney-inspire high-quality medal displays where your runDisney runner can hang each medal from all the races completed. The magical medal displays also offer racks with inspirational messages to keep your runner inspired throughout the year.

Order a Medal Display here.



10 – Running Tights



When searching for the best running tights, you’ll want to find ones that are good with absorbing moisture, ones that are breathable, soft, sun-protective, and have pockets.


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11 – Armband for Phone



An armband is a must for those long training days and it’s especially important for race days. Music, inspirational messages, and podcasts can be perfect for a runner getting through that last leg of any marathon. Armbands will hold your runner’s smartphone in place and can be purchased at many store locations across the country.


Order armband here.

12 – runDisney Inspired Sweatshirts



Graphic sweatshirts with Disneyisms are the new hottest items. Many Disney fans love rocking their shirts throughout the park and while training, in hopes of some type of reaction from others. This gift option is always easy and cheap.


Order a runDisney inspired sweatshirt here.


13 – Inspirational Running Socks



Highly themed socks are always a great gift option. These are very popular Disney socks, but they can run on the smaller side in terms of size. Be sure to get a few with inspirational messages and quotes to keep your runner motivated, which can be found on Amazon.



Order inspirational socks here.


14 – Sunglasses


Let’s learn what items you never knew you could buy for your next Walt Disney World vacation from Dollar Tree.


Glasses are a must-have runDisney item for the bright Florida sunshine.  Dollar Tree offers a variety of options that can help block out UV rays for only $1.

Order Dollar Tree sunglasses here.


If your budget allows you to splurge a little bit, then I recommend Oakley sunglasses that are perfect for a dedicated runner’s life.


Order Oakley runner’s glasses here.


15 – Wireless Earbuds



If you want a pair of high quality truly wireless earbuds that aren’t the Apple AirPods, then Jabra Elite 65t is my choice. They are comfortable and easy to enjoy on a run.


Order the wireless earbuds here.


16 – Bibfolio Race Bib Album



A BibFolio allows you to display your runner’s accomplishments that continue to inspire them to run and be active in an creative way.


Order a BibFolio here.


 17 – Runner-inspired Cookbook



I recommend Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes by Shalane Flanagan. This cookbook written by Olympian, Shalane Flanagan, is full of pre-run snacks, post-run recovery breakfasts, on-the-go lunches, and 30-minutes-or-less dinner recipes.

Order Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes on Amazon.


18 – Disney-inspired Wine Glass



Help your runners celebrate their latest race accomplish with a runDisney-inspired wine glass. It’s easy to wrap and makes a great gift.


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19 – Spa Day


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Studies have shown that the frequency of visiting a spa directly correlates with better quality sleep and fewer sick days. This is a must for anyone training for a runDisney race.

A massage improves blood flow to muscles which helps nutrients move throughout the body. Massages also reduces muscle soreness and improves range of motion.

Pedicures during the epic spa day is also a great gift for runners who are tough on their feet. Pedicures help reduce foot related issues than can lead to pain in the shins, knees, hips and other areas that are prone to injuries.

Get your discounted Spa Day gift here.



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I hope this list for that special runDisney runner in your life is helpful. What other gift ideas do you think are perfect for your friend? Let me know in the comments below.

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7 Comments so far

dishappyhomePosted on  4:18 pm - Nov 16, 2018

This is a great gift guide for runners! I am inspired to start so I can get gifted some of the great things from this list!

melisvidaPosted on  4:39 pm - Nov 16, 2018

great Idea on the gifts, I personally don’t know anybody that goes to Disney to do the rundisney. Maybe one day ill go 🙂

LauFamilyTravelsPosted on  8:12 pm - Nov 16, 2018

I can’t wait to run in a Disney race someday!

GenPosted on  7:00 pm - Nov 17, 2018

My mom is running her first Disney Race next year. Thanks for the tips on what to get her.

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