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Everything You Need to Have the Best 5Ks, 10Ks, and Fun Runs This Fall

Fall is an excellent season for exercising outside because the summer heat has eased, but the winter chill has not yet begun. It’s no wonder then that so many runs, walks, and races are scheduled in the fall! At Custom Ink, we know the power and impact a local 5K, 10K, or half-marathon can have on communities, no matter how big or small. Elevate the community experience of a fun run by helping raise money for a cause close to your heart or by simply creating matching custom t-shirts for your race group. Custom Ink has all the essentials you need to get you up and running in style! 

Improve Your Performance Apparel

Performance Shirts

We offer a wide selection of activewear and performance accessories. One of the most popular choices for custom activewear is performance shirts, which we offer in both short and long sleeves. Check out the Hanes Sport Cool Dri Short Sleeve Performance Shirt or the TravisMathew Crestview Lightweight Quarter Zip Performance Shirt, which are both made with super breathable, high-quality material. For those people in cold weather that’s not too cold, the long-sleeve options will keep you warm without making you sweat. Choosing to go with a shirt over other custom apparel works well for teams who are racing, and, fortunately, we also offer a wide variety of team jerseys. Wearing matching custom t-shirts with your friends and family can make race day even more special.   

Hats and Beanies

Perhaps you’d like to do something a little different with your group, and you’ll opt for custom hats to go along with your race day outfit. Performance hats are an essential running and walking accessory, especially as the sun gets lower through the seasons. Choose from premium brands like Nike, New Era, and Adidas and get all the comfort and style they’re known for. The Nike Swoosh Legacy Performance Hat and the Sport-Tek Pique Contrast Performance Hat would make perfect choices for keeping the sun and the sweat out of your eyes. As it gets colder, a beanie may be more your style, and options like the Sportsman Pom Pom Beanie and the Nike Team Cuff Beanie will keep you warm (but not too warm) all race day long. Top off your race day gear with custom hats and beanies!     

Performance Hoodies

A performance hoodie is a great option for running or walking in cold weather and we have plenty of choices that provide excellent moisture-wicking ability and warmth. Some favorites include the Sport-Tek Performance Half Zip Pullover and the Badger Performance Pullover Hoodie. When custom t-shirts won’t shield you enough from the weather, check out our custom hoodies!

Kick Off Your Design With a Template

Choosing the perfect apparel is important, but a great custom design is just as essential. Custom Ink has tons of design templates to inspire you to create the design of your dreams. We even have templates specifically for races, runs, and walks. After choosing a template, the words, fonts, colors, shapes, and art can be edited in the Design Lab to fully customize the design. Or feel free to keep it as close to the original as you like. 

Stand Out With a Team Name

A fun team name can bring everyone together and make your event special. If you’re doing a themed race, like a turkey trot, zombie run, color run, or Tough Mudder, we’ve got lots of team names to share! For all you half-marathoners out there, we have sayings and slogans just for you! We hope these resources will inspire you to have some fun with your custom designs! 

Design Your Way to the Finish Line

Sometimes people need a little help creating their t-shirt designs, which is where our Design Services comes in. Our Design Services allows you to work with a graphic designer who will either upgrade an already existing design from our Design Lab or create a custom design based on your sketch, photograph, or even just an idea. This is an excellent service for people who are first-time designers or just want to take their idea to the next level. Whatever the situation, Design Services can help with creating something everyone is sure to enjoy and be proud to wear on race day.

Get Ready With Our Group Order Form

Getting your group together in custom gear has never been easier. We’ve simplified the process so that you can focus on your group’s experience and not worry about the logistics. No more manually opening, organizing, repackaging, and remailing your group’s gear. Collect your addresses (or let us do it for you), choose your design, and we’ll take care of the rest. Once you’ve saved your design in the Design Lab, you’ll have the chance to start a group order or ship to multiple addresses. Your group members can select their sizes using our unique Sizing Line-Up feature. This is an excellent tool for groups and teams in general, but it’s especially useful for those doing virtual races because of the ability to ship to multiple addresses. Group Order Form ensures that everyone is included in the fun! 

Fuel the Fun With a Fundraiser

Once you’ve created great custom shirts, engage your group’s community with a fundraiser. Many racing events support charities and nonprofits or raise awareness for important causes. With our fundraising platform, you can sell custom t-shirts and take donations with no inventory, hassles, or risk. Design your shirt, share why you are fundraising, and then promote your campaign. We fill the orders and send along the funds you raise! No matter where the people who purchase a t-shirt to support your campaign are located, we can ship their order directly to them, leaving you free to focus on what’s important, making this another excellent resource for virtual 5Ks and 10Ks. Even better, you or your cause gets to keep the money raised along with the awesome apparel. Custom Ink Fundraising is a great tool for any group, cause, or community.


Regardless of the type of run, race, or walk you’re participating in, custom gear will elevate your race day experience to be even more special. Custom Ink has everything you need to find the right apparel, create a memorable design, send everyone their gear, and raise money for a good cause.  

Stephanie Self loves to tell stories and expose new perspectives through writing. When she's not typing on a laptop or buried in a book, she loves watching horror movies and pro wrestling, playing video games, and snuggling with her cat, CleoCatra. Lest you should think she never sees the light of day, she also spends time practicing hot yoga, hiking, and traveling.

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