Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics.  This week we’re talking about what do you do with your race medals.  I am excited to learn what you all do with them because mine are in a box.

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This week’s Tuesday Topic:  What do you do with your race medals?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I’ve run 168 races and I’ve received a medal for almost every race.  I am sure I have over 100 medals.  There are a few races that in the beginning no medal was given (Shamrock Shuffle).  Nowadays even a 5k gets you a medal!

Right now the majority of them are in a box.  A few years ago (June 2013) I began making some holders.

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Over the years I accumulated more medals but didn’t make more holders for them.  That is why I put them in a box.  I know I could have bought holders but told myself to wait till I had more room/wall to hang them.  I am still waiting for that day.  🙂

Marcia recently posted a picture of her medals.  I would love to do something similar.  Of course I need room to do something similar.

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I would probably organize them by group/theme.  Below are the ones from the RnR races and the RunDisney races.

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I would even organize them by state.  I like this holder.  Photo from Etsy.

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I may even donate some to Medals4Mettle.  There is no need to keep all of them, right?

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For now I will leave them in a box.  When I do move and have more space, I will decide what to do with them.

Do you keep your medals?  Do you give them away?  

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27 Comments on Tuesday Topics: What I do with my race medals

  1. Oh, I love all my medals! I’m not a big fan of a finisher medals, though, for a 5K or even a 10K, but I respect those distances are still a legit accomplishment. I have all of mine on an expandable “coffee mug peg rack.” I think there’s 12 pegs, so they are pretty well-loaded (one peg is for the hubby’s medals LOL).

  2. It’s pretty rare to get a medal here for anything less than a half. So I don’t have that many medals, and I really only care about the half medals, which I do display on a wooden dowel — actually Mr. Judy put together for me — by my treadmill, like Marcia (but far less than Marcia).

  3. I don’t have as many medals as most people–I’ve never been a bling kinda runner. The ones I have, I cherish and they are displayed on a medal rack behind my treadmill.

    • I am not a bling person either. I do take one when I finish a race cause I feel like it is rude not to take one when someone is offering it to me. I like the ones I have. Some are unique and worth keeping (i.e. Little Rock Half Marathon).

  4. That is such a good idea to donate medals! Right now, I only keep them for a while and then throw them away (I’ve been reading too much Marie Kondo, LOL).
    168 races are a lot! Well done!

  5. I have the ones that I care about hanging on our Christmas stocking hooks on the fireplace in our family room, but I’m out of space. Once racing gets back to normal I will need to get a real rack. I like the idea of keeping a few of them in our gym where I can see them from the treadmill.

  6. I have that last medal holder and I love it! If you ever order from them, you won’t be disappointed.

    I keep all ours in the loft, organized by date. Little man has his own medal holder in his room.

    • I don’t even know exactly how many I have. One day I will count them all. I made them once summer and I think I was bored. 🙂 Now I will just get the ones that are made already.

  7. I love that you’ve crafted your own medal hangers! After purchasing/receiving about 5 medal racks, I’ve resorted to buying curtain rods from Target. The bottom rows on that pic are curtain rods. I could do better with organizing them. I’ve got my 6 World Marathon Majors on one rack, all other full marathons on another, all age group medals on a curtain rod across the bottom, but other than that, they’re a mess. I have donated many of my virtual race medals.

  8. I keep all of my medals, even the cheapo ones.
    Many are in envelopes in a box next to my desk.
    I also run a business on my web site to frame medals at a reasonable price.
    I don’t run for the medals and would rather get no medal than a cheap one.

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