For a person who’s not run very many races, I sure have enough of a collection of race shirts that I can wear a fresh one every day without repeats for a couple of weeks.

I have long-sleeve shirts, women’s fit shirts, tech shirts, cotton shirts and men’s size small shirts. I even have enough colors to match most any Skirt Sports skirt (a huge priority, if I’m being honest).

race memorabiliaToday’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is race memorabilia and it’s made me take stock of what things I keep to commemorate and remember my races. If you’re not familiar, Tuesdays on the Run is a weekly link-up with hosts runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice.

Although I do value and thoroughly enjoy a good-quality, tech shirt from my races, it’s really the race bib and medal that mean the most to me. I’ve actually kept all of mine, and this not-crafty chica even created a race medal and bib display so I can enjoy them in my office. I got ideas from the usual trusty source, Pinterest, but settled on the one I thought I could most-easily execute.

My crafty skills showcased in this race medal and bib display.

My crafty skills showcased in this race medal and bib display.

After each race, I’ve written in my time, just so that I can keep track of my progress. It’s rewarding to look back and see progress, however incremental.

I’ve only gotten an item that wasn’t a race shirt or medal at two races. One was a highlighter-yellow drawstring bag that I use for my running shoes when I pack my running gym bag; the other is my all-time favorite: jewelry. I got a really nice sterling silver race charm that I wear on a simple silver chain.

I got this sterling silver charm at the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon.

I got this sterling silver charm at the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon.

Talk about race swag! I would very much like to see more items like this one at other events. I know that some race series offer belt buckles, but I can’t imagine sporting that very often much like I don’t walk around with my race medals around my neck.

Overall, I keep signing up for races for the feeling of accomplishment, not specifically what I get at packet pick-up. That said, the items serve to extend that warm feeling for many years beyond race day.

How about you: what are some of your favorite items you’ve gotten at a race? If you’ve earned a race-related belt buckle, do you wear it? Feel free to share your blog post links below if you’re participating in the link-up.

Donuts may be the best motivation for any of my runs, but as yummy as they are, they also disappear quickly and there’s nothing left to show but a sweet aftertaste.

Medals, on the other hand, are pehrty, shinny and can be hung in my office to motivate me (and intimidate everyone around me. Wuahahahahahaha).

Our love of race medals is the topic of this week’s Tuesdays on the Run, the weekly link-up hosted by runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice.

My two favorites are, of course, those I earned at my first half and full marathons, both at Lansing’s Capital City River Run.  The half marathon is a more traditional round style, but I love the background colors and the Capitol building silhouette.


The colors on the full marathon medal are more muted, but I love the square shape and the green, which of course reminds me of my alma mater, Michigan State University.


I hope to add to my small collection this year, including this beauty for what I expect will be my first trail half marathon this June, the Two Hearted in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Source: http://www.detroitrunner.com/p/prs.html

Source: http://www.detroitrunner.com/p/prs.html

It’s such a simple medal, but it really fits the overall vibe of the U.P., as unassuming as it is beautiful.

This year’s big deal whoopie race, the Run Woodstock Trail 50K in September, is said to have a groovy (get it?) peace sign medal. My enablers, I mean, running friends had planned on doing the Bad Apple Ultra in October, but settled on Woodstock because it does offer a finisher’s medal plus has multiple other events, allowing some in our group to still participate without having to run more than 31 miles.

Source: http://www.theeverydaywarrior.com/

Source: http://www.theeverydaywarrior.com/

I can’t wait to have that puppy hanging on my display at work. Because peace signs and flowers will, of course, help me continue that air of bad-assery.

What’s your favorite race medal? Do you display them? Does the medal help you decide whether to run a particular race?

Some run for sanity or health. Some run for the cool race T-shirts. And yet others run for the hardware.

Case in point, one of my runner friends just ran a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon in a row just to get an extra medal for completing all of them in four days.

Because I’ve been injured so many times, I’ve not run very many races in the past three years. Other than my half marathon this past fall, I’ve run eight (and walked one) 5Ks or marathon relays.
Even so, it warms my heart to see my race bibs (and a handful of medals) behind my computer station at work.
Anyone who’s talked to me for more than five minutes knows that I’m a runner (cue the large Garmin watch and the Road ID bracelet). So it should come as no surprise that I display my race bibs. But is throwing them up on a bulletin board the right way to treat those hard-earned badges of honor?
After significant research (read: time on Pinterest), here are some ideas I’m considering instead.
This is probably my favorite because you can easily keep track of personal records or write your favorite quote. This blogger gives step-by-step directions. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find her “about me” information. Oops.
For a ready-made option, this company offers frames to hold your precious.
Source: New Line Cinema
Um, not that precious. 
Source: http://racerusa.com/
Lastly, here’s another display worthy of holding your bibs and medals. Especially for those of us who are not remotely crafty. That’s what Etsy is for, no?
Source: RunRilla
Spendy? Maybe a little but certainly worth it if it’s going to motivate you to get out for a run when you’d rather stay home and eat all the donuts. Plus, where else are you going to spend your money?
Oh, wait. Because remember, chicos and chicas, runners lie.
How do you display your medals and/or bibs? Are you crafty? What’s your favorite medal?