5k run goodie bag ideas

Written by lynn peterson
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Short training times, supportive atmospheres and the proliferation of events have made the 5K run quite popular. Your run can be even better with a goodie bag filled with the right stuff.


Race goodie bags are given to each participant of a 5K run or run/walk. The bags provide valuable race information, sponsor recognition and event-specific giveaways.

Commemorative Items

Goodie bags typically include a commemorative clothing item from the event, such as a T-shirt, pair of shorts, or a hat. Some races are getting more creative with their giveaways, offering items such as sweat-wicking socks, sweat towels, wristbands, or drawstring bags. Sponsor logos can be placed on the items.

Nutrition Supplements

Goodie bags give runners the opportunity to sample electrolyte supplements and endurance boosters that they might not normally purchase. Bottled water or sports drink mixes also are appropriate


Literature from event sponsors can be incorporated, as can a flyer with next year’s event information. Coupons to local running or athletic equipment stores are well-received. A course map, check-in reminders and information about post-race events should also be included.


Goodie bag pickup should be held the day before the event, if possible, to allow the event participant to utilise items appropriate for the event.

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