Monday, September 17, 2012

All that race garb

Over the past 16+ years that I've been running, I've managed to collect a wide array of random race crap. From medals, to bibs, to plaques, to trophies, to other strange items that just seem to collect dust. I'm not a saver of trinkets, so I've pitched quite a bit of it over the years but still seem to be holding on to quite a few items.

Now that my husband and I have relocated outside of the Chicago city limits and no longer live in a 600 sq. ft. 1 bedroom apartment, I've been thinking of doing something with some of this stuff in our office. It's all been held it all in a pink photo box that has been stuffed to maximum capacity for over a year now where I'm just really not sure where to start.

Just a small taste of the collection
I don't want to hang up every medal I've ever received because I feel like it would become an awkward shrine to running days past that would just be weird.

Plus, this kind of crap seems to collect a lot of dust when displayed...and dust gives me the heeby-jeebies.

Looking for ideas on what to do with all this "stuff". Not opposed to anything involving scissors, glue, or any other type of crafty re purposing methods.

What do you do with all your race SWAG and awards?
Keep? Toss? Display?

Looking for any and all ideas.

27 comments:

  1. What I do is take photos of everything and keep the images in a folder online. Then I throw the item away. The only ones I have kept are firsts. First Ironman, first marathon, and memorable races or REALLY cool medals.

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  2. I started a scrapbook but called it my racebook. Pics from the day and my bib along with race times :) t-shirts can be made into a quilt and hang those medals proudly!

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  3. You could turn your medals into christmas ornaments. Or donate them to one of the charities that gives them to sick children. I have the same problem- i dont want to hang 20+ medals on the wall to make an awkward shrine to myself. Im considering photographing all the medals and gathering all my race photos and creating a Blurb book out of them. Currently all my medals are in a shoebox, and my bibs are in a folder.

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  4. That is quite the collection - you are a running maniac!

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  5. Shadow box frame the metals ... you could fit several to a 'box', store the plaques/awards to show the next generation ... and scan/photograph the memorable race bibs for posterity.

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  6. I was just looking at my pile of race bibs and medals recently and wondering what to do with them, too. Seems like such a waste to throw it all away, especially the hard-earned medals, but I can't imagine where I would actually display them. Maybe I'll come up with a way to display them in my closet where only I will see them. :)

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  7. I display all my medals, but not me and hubbys, we run the same races so no need for duplicates. All my bibs are in a box but I have seen people make great scrapbooks with them!

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  8. Race medal Christmas tree? http://www.magmilerunner.com/2012/06/runner-photo-challenge-race-medals.html

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    1. But I vote to definitely save your mementos. I have a manila envelope of all of my late uncle's running "stuff" from the 1970-80s - bibs, programs, result postcards, race photos, etc. He used to write his "race reports" on the back of the results postcard or program. It's nice to have those mementos since we never got to run together. (He passed away in 2003, before I started running.)

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  9. I just began reading your blog and I really enjoy it. My husband has just started getting into half marathons and has been wondering what to do with his race bibs and medals. Found these on etsy and think it's a neat way of displaying bibs and medals. http://www.etsy.com/shop/runningonthewall?page=2

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  10. I'm totally stalking your answers bc I never know what to do with my stuff either! I shove lots of bibs and medals in various drawers, but I've thrown just as many away, which isn't necessarily good either. I don't want them up like a shrine, but I feel like I need to do something with them!

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  11. Wow, what a stash you have. Right now I have bibs and photos in a folder, but I plan to do a scrapbook (one page per race kinda thing). I have my medals hanging... but it's not insane yet since I don't have anywhere near as many as you. Eventually I think I'll just keep my favorites.

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  12. I was thinking about a shadow box of my "bests" but still find myself hanging on to the entire handful I have...I am sure if I had as many as you it would be a different story.
    I say display your favorites/special items that mean the most to you, and donate the rest to a 'make a wish' type of foundation.

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  13. I keep mine on a race medal hanger, but have been thinking about "cleaning house" on some of them. Anyone know of a specific organization needing medal donations?

    I like the "blurb book"/photo file idea before you get rid of stuff.

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  14. Maybe you should do a couple of big picture frames with your most memorable race bibs and medals mounted in them. You could hang those up in your office.
    Good luck, can't wait to hear what you plan to do!

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  15. Honestly I am thinking of donating mine. There is a place that takes good medals (not like the cheapos, if you know what I mean) and gives them to children. I can't remember the name of the organization off the top of my head. Otherwise mine will just sit in a box too! I have a few hanging in my exercise room but other than that I don't really appreciate them. I appreciate the memories but the medal is just another thing to me that I don't really need.

    The X-mas ornament idea that someone suggested is a great one!

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  16. Okay, here is the site I was talking about :)
    http://www.medals4mettle.org/history.html

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    1. Yes! I was just about to suggest this. They were actually on CBS this morning - awesome organization. They replace the ribbons on the medals and give them to "children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal." (From their website) Awesome, right?!

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    2. thanks Kris & Kate, someone else just told me about this too. think that this is a really great idea and makes great use of something that has lost meaning to me but could really perk someone else spirits.

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  17. Sadly, most of mine is in a box in my storage room! But I do have my medals hanging up on a wooden bear that I bought in Lake Placid when I did IronMan. I just stick them around his neck and it's kind of a fun way to combine a big event in my life with other races.

    Good luck figuring it out!

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  18. I like the Christmas tree idea! And keeping everything. Maybe just showcase your favorite races?

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  19. Give the medals to kids for Halloween? :-) I did a shadow box with my favorite race medals. I don't know what to do with the few trophies I have. They take up more space than medals and collect dust if you leave them out.

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    1. that would be interesting, wonder if we would get egged if we gave them out?

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  20. I was thinking about this the other day. I found these cool display options on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100838967/mantra-to-display-you-running-medals
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/90945056/running-medals-and-bibs-display

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    1. these are really cute, and fairly inexpensive. thanks for the share!

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  21. I have one of these http://www.heavymedalz.com/shop-running.php for my medals. When it started to be too many and look ridiculous, I changed it to just medals I "won" for age group awards and a few very special others. That might still be way too many for you though! My sister-in-law has done the Christmas ornament idea.

    I have one of these http://www.goneforarun.com/Running_BibFOLIO_Race_Bib_Display_and_Bib_Keeper_s/705.htm for my race bibs. It allows me to save them all in one place. I write my race time on the back and have my little "race record book" without a mess.

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