I generally feel like I haven’t been racing all that long, but I ran my first half marathon in 2010 and haven’t stopped since. So over all of those years, I’ve accumulated a lot of race medals and other related things, and I thought it might be fun to share how I store and display and encourage others to do the same. I’m always looking for new and fun ideas. (And yes, I know there are plenty of people who just throw their medals into boxes in the back of their closets. Clearly, that is not me.)
These are my running medals. I’m not exactly sure how many are there, but there were some years where I raced a lot. My runDisney medals are on their own separate hanger, partly because I love them and partly because I actually have the second hanger bar hung lower because the medals are so huge. Assuming all goes well at this year’s SpaceCoast Half Marathon and I get the fifth and final medal in the series (plus the second piece of bonus bling), I’m considering getting a separate hanger so I can display all of my awesome space shuttle medals. I don’t often race for medals, but I definitely want those five shuttles.
These are my triathlon medals (and one swim race medal), which hang separately. Clearly not as numerous, but I’m pretty proud of these.
As you can tell, these all hang near windows, so they’re tough to photograph. They’re all in the basement, which is where I also keep my treadmill and bike trainer.
The Army Ten Miler does finisher’s coins, which I absolutely love. Clearly, I love this race, as I’ve only lived in DC since 2007, and I’ve run the race every year starting in 2008. It’s one of my favorite races all year, and I even forced myself through it last year, two weeks after Augusta 70.3. If someone else could run it on prosthetic legs, I could certainly run it on tired legs.
I keep all of my race bibs on a display my sister bought me. It’s designed so you can hang them straight on the hooks, but I have so many that I ended up putting them on rings and hanging them this way. It’s getting to be a bit much, so I may take some of them down and put them in a box for safe keeping.
Hanging above the bibs is my first marathon bib. That one will always be special to me, so it gets its own spot. I’m considering doing the same with my Augusta bib.
In front of my treadmill, I have these two things hanging on the wall. The clock is actually an award from Giant Acorn, and I love that it has the wacky squirrel on it. (Also, it tells time, which is useful.) I also have a poster that I got after my first marathon, which is great inspiration when the training gets tough.
Finally, I have a box of stuff. This is where I toss things that I want to save after a race. In here, I’ve got programs from some of my first races, cool handouts, the rack labels from my Rev3 races (I’m not sure why I need to save these, I just do), stuff from virtual races, etc. I should probably go through this and figure out what I no longer really need to keep, but it doesn’t take up much space, so for now, it’s fine. It’s also a good place to put my bibs once I cull through the hanger.
How do you store your racing stuff? Do you keep any of it or does it all get tossed right away?