Let 2016 be the year to make and tick off some major running goals. Whether it’s your first 5K, half marathon or even a much-awaited ultra that you’re planning for, having a race to work and train towards can double your motivation on the track. And to egg you on further, sports brands and retailers have unveiled a range exciting (and useful) accessories for this year, to make your running sessions more productive and fun. Here are some favorites from the lot.

Hydrapak Speed Cup
Designed with environmentally-conscious runners in mind, this collapsible cup from Hydrapak can be stashed away in a corner of your rucksack or even your shorts pocket. Weighing only 10 grams and completely reusable, the cups come with attached loops to make drinking easier. For those who don’t want to litter their race trails with a hundred plastic cups, this is a smart and handy solution.

Nike AeroReact Pullover
Nike AeroReact Pullover features a revolutionary, breathable fabric that reacts to your sweat to help you maintain optimal temperature throughout your run. This unique fabric uses fibers that open to increase airflow when you sweat and close when you cool down, providing adaptable, breathable performance to stay cool, dry and comfortable from start to finish. The pullover comes with convenient hip pockets for essential storage and reflective elements for added visibility.

Saucony Swift Headband
Especially designed for runners, these vibrant headbands are made of breathable fabric that wick the sweat away from your eyes. They come with exceptional fit and a ponytail hole to keep every hair in place and off your face. For those who run in low light conditions, the reflective logos offer extra visibility.

Soleus Signature Series
As a countdown to Rio 2016, Soleus is collaborating with its elite athletes Kara Goucher, Alysia Montano and Nick Symmonds on a limited edition signature series of watches. Goucher’s GPS One offers the accuracy and data of all standard GPS watches with the simplicity of a one-touch start and real-time stats. Olympic 800-meter runner Nick Symmonds’ watch of choice is a traditional chronograph called Contender, featuring six interval timers, and 10 x 50 lap memory. Alysia Montano’s Chicked is a more feminine model with a thin wristband, and ergonomically placed buttons. All three are scheduled for a launch next month.

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