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I have run 168 races ranging from a 5k to a 50k.  I don’t know exactly how many medals I have but I know it is a lot.  I don’t have a medal for each race and I have received multiple medals for completing a series or challenge.  Thanks RnR and RunDisney!

Right now my medals are in a box.  I have one from the Shamrock Shuffle in the kitchen because it is also a bottle opener.  🙂  My mother liked one of my medals and put it in her walker.  When I ran the Shamrock Shuffle again this year I asked her if she wanted another medal and she said “Yes”.

However, of all of my medals, my favorite one is from my first 50k.  It is small and simple.  I worked hard for that medal.  I’ve run a few marathons prior to that race but to date it is the furthest distance I’ve ever run. 

Two years later I ran another 50k and got another medal.  Small and simple again.

As for my other medals, I don’t plan on keeping them.  I don’t have room for them anymore but don’t know what to do with them.  I know there is an organization to donate them but I need to fill out a form for each medal.

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21 Comments on Tuesday Topics: My favorite race medal

  1. It’s funny how often the medals we worked hardest for are the most simple!
    That’s a big box of medals – a great symbol of all the hours of training.

    I keep my medals for a bit and then throw them away. Not always easy, but I have no space to keep them.

    • I’ve thought about throwing them away but there are just too many. Then I thought I could recycle them but don’t know if I can. And that is why now they’re all in a box. 😜

  2. That’s a lot of medals, Zenaida!! I know a lot of races have the option to not get a medal. Would you do that?

  3. I have run a lot of races – hundreds

    All my medals have a special place in my heart. Good or bad they were all accomplishments.

    My favorites would be the Freihofer 5k one from 2012 – I paid for it in advance before knowing that I would be out of running for 5 mos prior to the race. And of course my first and only marathon – NYC 2019.

    I have the half marathon ones on hangar on the wall and all the others on a hanger behind the door.

    That’s amazing that you have already run a 50k – so daunting to me. And more than one marathon!!

  4. That’s a lot of medals! I need to count mine…and I need another rack of some sort. I have all of mine of a refurbished expandable peg rack (like you’d hang coffee mugs on), and every time I add another, I fear it’s gonna take a tumble.

  5. Funny how the hardest races have the smallest, simplest medals! I’m pretty sure I would treasure those too if I ran a 50k.
    You know you could get a wall-mounted rack to display your medals if you wanted. Or you could donate the bulk of them and just keep the most special ones to display. 168 (ish) medals is a lot, and I agree that most of the time, medals just aren’t that special. I like how your mom is using them to decorate her walker!

    • I don’t have the room for them right now. I do want to move so maybe when I do I will have a room for my bike and treadmill (when I buy it) and I can display my medals. I have a few racks for them.

  6. You absolutely should be proud of your 50k medal! That is amazing in my book.

    I mostly only keep the half medals — although since we positioned the new treadmill different, there isn’t a spot for them in that room anymore and they, too, are in a box at present.

  7. 168!!!! Now that’s a whole lot!! I can see why your 50K medals would be extra special. I used to hang my medals on my dressing table – and then they got too many so I only hang those from the year we are in and the rest are in a box. At this stage in my running, I couldn’t bear to give them away – but I’ll probably want to do so when I get to 168! LOL!

  8. You’ve got some beautiful medals. All of mine are in a box too. I need to find a space to “display” them. I just don’t know where I should do that as I don’t have a workout room

    • I know what you mean. I had thought about displaying them in my apartment but never got around to doing it. Now I am looking for a house and planning to move soon.

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