Getting the race t-shirt is one thing, but getting the finisher’s medal is the crowning achievement! So, how do you display them?
First, before displaying them to collect dust… if it’s a Marathon that I just ran, I might wear that sucker to dinner. I want people to know why I’m walking funny and have a huge smile on my face. I also bring it to work the next day to show a couple of friends.
I’ve seen the display racks and hooks that are sold at marathon expos, but wasn’t crazy about them. While shopping at IKEA, I found some interesting glass pieces called Noticeboards. I came up with the idea of placing 3 of them next to each other and then hanging my medals from a very thin curtain rod above them. It turned out pretty well. The noticeboards come with big paper clips. I use them to hold onto my favorite bibs, newspaper articles, or anything else that motivates me. This display is actually right above my desk in my office. I would show a picture of my desk, but it’s a bit of a mess.
A special note, the first medal on the far left is from my very first race. It was a 5K at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in 2008. I was hooked ever since. It was the only race that I ran in that gave out a medal for a 5K. I’ve only seen a couple of other races that give them out.
What’s up there? The medals are in order of race distance and then date… with one exception. The 2 red-white-blue ribbons are from 2 DRC races that I placed at. :) 1 – 5K medal, 16 – Half Marathon medals, 1 – 25K medal (El Scorcho), 2nd place AG – 5K, 3rd place AG – 15K, and 7 Marathon medals.
Here’s Cairo’s display. I was inspired by Elaine as she framed her bibs. I did this for Cairo’s 16th birthday with his bibs from last year. He has medals displayed on the left and right of the bibs. His display has 4 Half Marathon medals and 2 AG awards. The kid has only been running for less than a year! I didn’t get the bibs to look as nice as Elaine’s, but Cairo was still super stoked about it. Make sure to check out Elaine’s blog to see her display of bibs.
I’m looking forward to placing my next medal up there… the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon medal!
Each of these medals tell a story. I know yours do also, display them proudly!