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Race Medal Rundown

One of the things I love about distance racing is the bling. A nice medal just for participating? Thanks! It makes you feel like you're a winner just for trying. :o)




I've managed to accumulate a nice collection of bling over the years, and am always excited to add to my collection with each subsequent race. Recently the San Francisco Marathon asked the Ambassador team what our favorite race medals were and why. I was shocked when the first few ambassadors replied back immediately saying they didn't really care about the medals and just stashed them away. What? I proudly display my medals on my "wall of accomplishment" (haha) next to my diplomas. Maybe its because running is something I never though I could do, but I'm proud of each and every medal and want to show them off. There's quite a variety of designs among race medals and in my collection you'll find the cool, the unique, and the boring.

Full Marathon Medals

Rock 'N' Roll San Diego 2005
 
 
Rock 'N' Roll Phoenix 2006


Los Angeles Marathon 2006


San Francisco Marathon 2006

 
Long Beach Marathon 2006


Rock 'N' Roll San Diego 2007


Chicago Marathon 2007


Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio 2008


Rock 'N' Roll San Diego 2009


Marine Corps Marathon 2009


Rock 'N' Roll San Diego



Take a look at this medal above, and then check out my friend's tattoo below. We trained together with the Rock Runners last year and this was his first full marathon. I thought this tattoo was pretty cool and a nice artistic take on the medal!

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Half Marathon Medals

Rock 'N' Roll Phoenix 2005


Valley of the Sun Half Marathon 2005
 

America's Finest City Half Marathon 2005

 
America's Finest City Half Marathon 2006


Austin Half Marathon 2009


Run to the Rock Half Marathon 2009


Surf City USA Half Marathon 2010


San Francisco Half Marathon 2010


Long Beach Half Marathon 2010


Carlsbad Half Marathon 2011

Surf City USA 2011

San Dieguito Half Marathon 2011

I have two other "medals" that I didn't include above, both of which are necklaces. The first is a Tiffany's necklace from the Nike Women's Marathon in 2006, and the other is a heart shaped necklace from the Mermaid Half Marathon a few months ago. I think its a cute idea to give necklaces instead of finisher's medals, but after wearing both for a short period of time I took them both off for the same reason. Maybe I'm weird, but I start to get uncomfortable talking about how many full and half marathons I've completed with a non-runner, and the conversation usually goes there a few minutes after someone asks about the necklace. The shock the person expresses usually makes me feel more weird than accomplished for some reason. As if they think I'm crazy and weird! I mean I am proud of finishing so many races, but I don't usually broadcast it publicly. At work I think only a few people know I run marathons, even though I have marathon art on my walls. :oP The discomfort I get when someones eyes bug out as I talk about races is the same discomfort I used to get when people found out how old I was in school. I'm younger and always felt a bit out of place, and people's reactions didn't make me feel any less weird.


Mermaid Half Marathon 2011


Nike Women's Marathon 2005


But onto other things, here are a few final medals in my collection from various other race distances that I've finished over the years. I love the variety of my bling collection, and its a nice way to visualize my training and all of the mile I've raced, and the hundreds of other miles I trained leading up to each event.




4 comments:

Mia said...

I'm reeling from all the medals!! And I'm sure if I had as many as you, I'd be displaying those bad boys in my home with much pride :)

Little Miss Runshine said...

Such an amazing display of numbers and medals! I think I'm going to copy you! :)

Monika said...

Maybe in a few more years I can have a "room of accomplishment". haha. Might be time to bust out those middle school science fair ribbons and string quartet competition ribbons. Oh wait, those belong in the room of nerdom. :o)

The string that the numbers are on came from IKEA. I copied that idea from another friend. Its meant to be a curtain rod! (Its called DEKA I think(

mickiruns said...

That is amazing!!!

I love the idea with the bibs. I think I'm going to have to do that...

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