5 Swag Ideas for Races and Marathons

I participated in a local 5K/10K run this last weekend. Don’t get excited- I wasn’t running. My job was manning one of the water stations along the 10K course.  I’m not gonna lie, the fact there was a free beverage for the runners and volunteers after might have been a motivating factor in me volunteering as it was being held at one of my favorite breweries.  But still, the dedication to training and running the participants displayed truly amazed me.

After months of training, runners take pride in completing races and marathons and love to show off their success and participation.  As a race planner, one of the more challenging tasks you face is planning (and filling) the race swag bag.  At Barefoot Swag, we work with a lot of non-profits, charities and other entities on their races and marathons.  We will add your race or marathon logo to promotional items or give you options that sponsors can use for the race day swag bags.

We put together our top 5 items to get you started in your planning:

  1. T-shirts.  Race T’s (or tanks) for runners and volunteers top the list of most popular items.  Using a great brand of T will ensure that the shirts are worn frequently, increasing the visibility of your cause as well as bringing more ROI to sponsors.

  2. Lip Balm.  Hands down one of my favorite promo items.  Bees wax or all natural lip balm is economical, light weight and offers a great imprint area on the label.  Available in a wide variety of flavors (or even custom flavors), custom lip balm is perfect for sponsors to add to race swag bags.

  3. First Aid Kits–  kits that contain items the runners may have left behind or might need such as bandaids, sunblock and muscle gel are handy and very much appreciated.   Don’t forget to arm the volunteers along the course with a few kits for runners in need.

  4. Cooling headbands- Cooling headbands are a must have for warm weather races.  They not only wick moisture and offer sun protection, but they can be wet before the race starts to help keep runners cool longer.

  5. Runners Belts (or fitness belts) are a sleek alternative to the fanny pack and allow runners to keep keys, cell phone and other necessities comfortably with them during the race as well as when they are training.

For additional ideas specific to your race or marathon that fit your needs and budget call or email us at Barefoot Swag.

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How Pink Phoenix Identifies With Swag

Today we are sharing our blog with one of our non-profit clients who does great things in the Portland/Vancouver area- not only for breast cancer survivors, but to help remind everyone to get mammograms and do monthly self exams.  Read on to learn more about Pink PhoenixTM from our guest blogger Ilene McMurray.


Pink Phoenix™ is the United States’ first dragon boat team consisting entirely of breast cancer survivors. A competitive team, it was organized in 1996 with the mission to enhance breast cancer awareness and to provide hope for survivors that there is quality of life after breast cancer. Our purpose is to demonstrate that special quality of life; to promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie through dragon boating. We also provide social, emotional and spiritual support for breast cancer survivors. Through outreach activities, media recognition and public visibility, Pink Phoenix™ strives to provide hope to those newly diagnosed and to enhance breast cancer awareness serving as a reminder to women to have mammograms regularly and to do self-exams.  Teammates find strength and quality of life by paddling together while having the common thread of a breast cancer diagnosis. We treat each with respect, dignity, compassion and foster personal growth, teaching and learning.  Pink Phoenix welcomes all breast cancer survivors from the surrounding Portland/Vancouver areas, newly diagnosed to long-time survivor, all ages, and all abilities.

Pink Phoenix team.

      We participate joyfully and celebrate life


This year we have purchased 2 banners and a flag from Barefoot Swag.  They were selected so our location at whatever venue we are at can be easily located.  Our Pink PhoenixTM logo has been prominently printed on all of them in so our team is easily identifiable at all our race venues.  We selected a mesh banner that is more easily transported to away venues as it is lighter and dries more quickly in case of inclement weather.  We also use our banners at outreach events such as Race for the Cure, Row for the Cure, The Komen Breast Cancer Issues Conference, The Advancements in Breast Cancer Conference, The Healthcare Provider and Sponsor Paddle, and the Portland Pickles Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

pink phoenix banner

We have also used fun items like the pop open fans to cool us off at hot venues, fun sunglasses that turn pink in the sunlight and fandanas. These items are both functional to the team members at events and increase our visibility and help spread awareness.

For more information, including membership or to sponsor or donate, visit the Pink PhoenixTM website at www.pinkphoenix.org.  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


If you would like ideas to raise awareness for your non-profit at events contact us today!

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