Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Race Memorabilia (Tuesdays on the Run Edition)

Race memorabilia.  If you do more then a couple races, there are tons.  Every race you get a bib and most likely a shirt.  Most of the longer races you get a medal.  And then there are all the extras: programs, backpacks, finisher hats, finisher glasses, finisher blankets (or mylar).  What to do with all this stuff????  This is what I have done in the past.


Programs - I think I have only gotten programs from runDisney.  I do seem to keep a hold of them.  They are all in a box with all the other paperwork I can't seem to toss after I get back from a trip.

Drawstring Backpacks - I keep those as they are handy to have an extra small bag when needed.  Either for a trip or everyday.

Towels and Blankets - I've had a few races give out real towels or blankets after the race.  I love getting those cause I can use them in my everyday life.  As for the Mylar blankets, I used to toss those, but I found that they are very useful before a race.  I now keep them and bring along with me just in case.  They are easy to pack and toss when the race starts.


Bibs - I never kept my bibs till after I did my first runDisney race.  They are actually really pretty and I didn't want to toss them.  At some point I started a display of them on my wall.  In all honesty, I'm not sure I really like them, because the different sized bibs are hard to display nicely.  As you can see, I have put them in plastic holders to try and make them more uniform.  I'm still not very happy how they came out, but I love the wooden display behind. 



Shirts - I have tons of shirts.  Shirts that come with the race, shirts I have bought, and even shirts that are given away at booths at the expo.  Some of them I still have to run in or go to the gym.  But if you do enough races they do pile up.  So I have made a couple of blankets out of my shirts.  The first one is of all the shirts I collected over the years.  Most were cotton that I don't wear anymore, so I was happy to make them into something useful.  I did a guest post on Fairytales and Fitness on the process of getting that blanket. 


The second was of all the shirts that I collected when I did Dopey earlier this year.  This probably was a very expensive blanket as I bought all the "I Did It!" shirts knowing I wanted to make them into a blanket.  It also includes the outfits I wore during the race, which were race themed.  These blankets were done by Project Repat.  I have no affiliation with them, but I would recommend them to everyone.  They blankets are done very well and they are warm and fun to snuggle under.  And they are always running some sort of discount.


Medals - I most defiantly display my medals.  My medals started off by hanging on my stair banister.  They would clank every time I walked up or down the stairs.  The hallway downstairs was looking a little bare, so I decided to hang them.   I started this wall out with one hanger of medals....




And then I did my first runDisney races and added this...





And then I added some photos and more medals...




And then I added the runDisney side...



And then exploded into this...



And then the other side of the hallway happened....



Everything on both of these walls have a story...(I hope you like the video, it's my first - and a pain to upload)



The medal hangers are from Sport Hooks.  They are always at the big race expos and everyone there is so very nice and helpful.  They have a design for everyone, even if they have to custom make them.  Again, I have no affiliation with them, I just really like their product.


What have you done with your race memorabilia?   Do you toss them or put them into a box somewhere under the bed?




8 comments:

  1. Nice display! I have one medal hanger so far but it's getting full and I'm thinking I may need to expand soon :) I'm also saving shirts for a blanket. I think yours look great.

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    1. Be careful, it can easily become something big! Thanks!

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  2. I am always amazed by those of you with such great creativity to display your medals and do something with the shirts.

    Mine sit in a drawer in my dresser, I like them there best.

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    1. If I had already decorated the hallway, all my medals would still be in a drawer too. :) Though I'm really glad I made the blankets as I always am cold no matter what time of year. :)

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  3. Hey, I'm the injured friend...lol
    I still have that medal but am afraid to hang it cus it's SO heavy!!
    You definitely have lots of memories on that wall!

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    1. Yeah, it's fun to walk down the hall and think about one race or another or even the training that went into them. I haven't had any issue with the big medal...yet. :)

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  4. Wow! Your achievements are great. Good runner! I like how to display yours.

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