Well, I discovered a great Website for finding just the right gift for you or your running friends and family. It's GoneForARun.com. They sell running apparel, running lights, hats, jewelry, ornaments, awards and more. They also personalize many of the items they sell.
If you're like many runners, you probably have a drawer, box, or file cabinet stuffed with your old race bibs. For many, the bibs are a symbol of accomplishment, almost a badge of honor. I have a drawer like that. So my curiosity was piqued when I saw a product on the Gone For A Run website called a BibFOLIO. The concept is simple and as you add racing bibs and your collection grows it becomes a great memory and conversation piece of races run. Another cool thing is that the BibFOLIO's can be personalized with photographs and/or a name or a message.
I asked the fine people at Gone For A Run if I could review the BibFOLIO. They were awesome and agreed. They let me chose one in which I put a photo and some text. I chose to put the finisher photo from the marathon for which I set a PR—Chicago '07—and of course I labeled it with "RunnerDude."
Even though the BibFOLIO I selected needed to be personalized, it came very quickly. It was very simple to assemble and add my race bibs. Most of the bibs from more recent races, fit nicely into the 8" x 8" dimensions of the BibFOLIO, but a few of the older ones I added were larger and hung out the sides. Seems like the older bibs also varied in the location of the safety pin holes, so for a few of them I had to punch new holes before adding them to the BibFOLIO, but that was easy enough to do. I was really pleased with the final product. It's a pretty cool gift idea and storage solution.
To check out all the BibFOLIO design options [click here]. One of my favorites has a brick wall on the front. That would be great to store all those killer races you conquered. The one pictured in this post is the one I had personalized. Except for the picture of scrawny me on the front, I think it looks pretty cool.
GoneForARun.com is holding a special contest drawing, just for the readers of RunnerDude's Blog!! They're giving away one free BibFolio. The winner can choose from any of the BibFOLIO designs, even ones to be personalized!! How cool is that?!
To enter, all you need to do is "Like" their FaceBook Fan Page and then send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 28th. In the Subject line of the email put "RunnerDude Raffle" and in the body copy put your full name and address. That's it!
Be sure to check out all the other great running gift items at www.GoneForARun.com.
Note: Even though GoneForARun.com provided me with a personalized BibFOLIO for free, I was not in any way encouraged to write a positive review of the product or their website. My review is based entirely on my own personal experience using the product and website.