I just ran the Color Run Philadelphia on Saturday night. It was a beautiful evening that left me with pink hair (temporarily) and some super-great swag. My favorite item that was included in our participant bags was a branded head lamp that helped us find our way through the color mayhem. (OK, I'll admit it: I loved the medal, too). The event served as a fantastic reminder that giveaways are a crucial part of any event like this, and the more creative, the better. With that in mind, here are some of our top picks for fun runs and other outdoor events.
–Melinda Ligos, editor-in-chief Follow me on Twitter: @ASI_melinda
Tatted Up The Pitch: At The Color Run, we were provided with glow-in-the-dark tattoos that said "Happy!" My husband put his around his neck. Indeed, these were one of the most coveted items at the race. These Custom Temporary Tattoos from WB Promotion (asi/98409) are pre-cut and are constructed with eco-friendly materials. They're bound to liven up any event, from a fun run to a trade show.
Pricing as low as 16 cents (P). The Bottom Line: Imagine hundreds of people running by all tatted up with your clients' logo!
Up, Up & Away! The Pitch: Kids' fun runs call for extra creativity. Make all participants feel like super heroes with these personalized Children's Super Hero Capes from A & M Promotions (asi/30285). Each cape is customized and reversible. The elastic and Velcro closure makes it safe and easy. Pricing as low as $1.87 (T). The Bottom Line: Ideal for children's events of all kinds, including fun recognition ceremonies.
Thirst Quencher The Pitch: Sports bottles are staples at fitness events. I like this Sports Bottle from Perfect Line (asi/77350) because it features a wide mouth, which is perfect for ice cubes. It comes in five colors and a free same-color, second side or wrap imprint is available. Pricing as low as $1.64 (R). The Bottom Line: These handy bottles will occupy the top shelf in race participants' cupboards.
Keep it Cool The Pitch: On a hot day, runners will clamor for this Mission Cooling Rally Towel from Leed's (asi/66887), a high performance microfiber towel that, when soaked with water, provides instant cooling for up to two hours. Priced as low as $9.98 (R). The Bottom Line: A welcome thank-you to race participants.
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