Thursday, September 02, 2010

Running Medals


Running Medals, originally uploaded by Running in Suffolk.
A small collection of running medals that I have kept from races over the years. I think I said in a previous blog post that given the choice I much prefer to receive a medal than a t shirt on finishing a race.

I recently had a big clear out of race t shirts which seem to be more popular with race organisers to give out as prizes in recent years. Is that because runners generally prefer a t shirt, or is it cheaper as a prize or better for sponsors to have their company logo in big letters on a t shirt. I have to say the general quality of the race t shirts given as prizes isn't great to actually run in. These tend not to be your technical t shirt more your cotton variety.

For those interested if you hover over the photo there is a note indicating the race and date when you view this in Flickr

What about you do you prefer a medal or a t shirt or perhaps something entirely different? Perhaps nothing and cheaper race entries?


  1. I must admit that I'm a t-shirt fan! I don't know where half my medals are... You are right that some t-shirts aren't great, but some races get them bang on... I did the Florence marathon a good few years ago and they gave a nice long sleeve top out...

  2. I much prefer medals to t-shirts. My medals are hanging up in the dining room but the t-shirts are buried in the wardrobe and never worn, mostly because they're usually massive. Plus, where would I wear them? They're not exactly fashion items and they're too heavy to run in or to wear at the gym.

    Medals, every time, for me.

  3. I think I would prefer a tshirt. At least for smaller races, 5ks, 10ks, etc. Around here if they give a medal for a smaller race it is kind of "cheap". T-shirts can be ugly, but at least you can wear them around the house, to the gym, use as a rag, etc. I do like my medals from bigger, nicer races though!


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