In July 2014, I launched a new project called Running Mates.

Running Mates is a Penpal exchange program – you sign up on or before the 5th of the month and get matched with a new friend, someone you can share fitness-themed gifts with. I will send you an email with the contact info of your new Running Mate but it will be your responsibility to contact them and get their mailing address and any info you need in order to choose a great gift that suits them.

To keep it fair, there is a price limit – the contents of your gift should cost around $15. That means you won’t be sending your penpal running shoes or the latest Oiselle capris but this is your opportunity to get creative and share some swag that will make him/her excited. Socks, sweatbands, fun laces for sneakers, shoelace jewels, t-shirts, hydration tabs, energy bars are just suggestions for where you can start. When you really get into choosing gifts, the hardest part will be knowing when to stop.

You have until the 15th of the month to assemble your gift and send it to your penpal. Use flat-rate boxes to save on cost if your items are heavy.

On the 25th of the month, I’ll post a link-up for all the bloggers and publish guest posts for non-bloggers who participated in Running Mates.


July was a test run and it was a success. Sign up below to be included in the match-up for August.

Or send an email to with Running Mates in the subject and let me know you want to participate.

I look forward to sharing Running Mates with you.

10 Comments Add yours

    1. Run Wright says:

      Anytime, grasshopper, anytime 😀 you just made my day


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