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26.2 Ways to Congratulate the Marathoner in Your Life

All that stretching, training, and perseverance led up to that final run – 26.2 miles of strength and courage. Celebrate your loved one’s first time over that finish line with these simple yet award-worthy ideas. Who knows, maybe next year it’ll be your turn!

Here are 26.2 of our favorite ways to celebrate your marathon runner – choose a few of your favorite ideas to suit your special someone!

Celebrate At the Race


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1. Show your support by making personalized shirts to greet your runner at the finish line.


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2. Or you can invite all his or her friends to surprise them with a coordinated banner.



3. Once the race is over, they’re going to need sustenance. Have a energy-packed snack ready like one of our tasty trail mix recipes.


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4. Refuel those electrolytes! Making your own homemade sports drink will rehydrate without all those added artificial ingredients.


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5. No matter when they finish, they are winners in your eyes! Show them by making your own DIY gold medal!


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6. The ride home should be equally epic – keep the enery going with a marathon-worthy playlist. Think Eye of The Tiger, Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, and other inspiring classics.


Celebrate with Food


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7. Now that they are home, it’s time for the real celebrating. Start by making them an award-worthy cupcake. 


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8. Or if they prefer cookies, there’s a sweet solution for that, too.


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9. You can even make edible gold medal brownie pies.


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10. You can even turn your runner into a bite-sized cake pop.



11. They’re going to need a drink to wash those sweets down with, so why not pair one of our award-worthy cocktails with a personalized drink topper?


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12. Or if they prefer beer, let them indulge in 2 bottles from their favorite six pack (there’s your .2!)



13. You can even make them Brinner (breakfast for dinner) – the ultimate sign of affection. (Don't forget the smoked meats)!


Celebrate with TLC



14. Once their bellies are satisfied, it’s time for some good ole TLC. Why not plan a mini staycation? Make it tropical with luau inspired food and décor, or simple make it a weekend of romance and relaxation.



15. Or maybe it’s finally time for that TV marathon they’ve been dreaming of – make it a special affair with their favorite flavor of popcorn and theatre-sized boxes of their favorite candy!


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16. Running for 26.2 miles must make for some tired feed – what better way to show you care than with a foot massage? Make your own foot scrub or foot soak to really make it a memorable experience.


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17. Help ease their sore muscles with an ice cold bath topped with a touch of Epsom salt.



18. If they prefer to relax rather than heal, give their whole body a rest by filling up that tub and mixing up your own homemade body scrub. Light some aromatic candles and give them that bubble bath their body’s been begging for.


Celebrate with Memorablia


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19. You know that snapshot you took of your loved one crossing the finish line? Put it to good use by printing and framing it as inspiration for next year.



20. Or, you can even turn that photo into a mug – because you can always use more mugs.



21. While you’re at it, why not turn that photo into a magnet too? Make tons of copies to send it to friends, families, and even coworkers who just love collecting magnets (or just love marathons).


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22. Give them a gift, big or small, and wrap it in marathon inspired wrapping paper. 



23. Follow that gift up with a creative congratulatory e-card!


Celebrate like a Runner

24. Upgrade their marathon gear by surprising them with that pair of running shoes they’ve been eyeing.



25. Or make them a gold medal-worthy care package filled with the must-have product for any seasoned runner. Include items like runner’s tape, breathable clothing, advil and a new pair of headphones so they can jam while they run! If they're far in distance but near at heart, surprise them with a gift basket sent straight to their front door.


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26. Keep them in the sprinting spirit by researching some other local marathons they can get involved in (zombie race, anyone?). 



The best way to show them how proud you are? Start training with your loved one for next year’s marathon!

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