If you’re like me you run for fitness, a sense of accomplishment and yes, the hardware. I would like to speak today about finish medals. Some runners think that you should ONLY receive a medal for placing and others believe that they have trained for a 13-26 mile race and deserve something symbolic of their accomplishment. I fall somewhere in the middle. There are plenty of races out there that I enjoy running and they don’t give anything away. If the race director is clear about what you receive at the finish line at least you know what you are signing up for. But in the case of a recent debacle at the Rock-n-Roll Las Vegas Marathon, don’t promote something you can’t fulfill. Apparently the people that finished at the back of the pack did not receive a medal because supplies ran short. I don’t want to get any deeper into the subject of incompetent race directors except to say that this is unacceptable.
Through the years I have received some awesome awards and some that look like they were made by Cousin Earl during craft therapy at the institution. Specifically I am referring to a 2nd place award I received at a 5k that was made from 1/8″ plywood and had a logo burned into it. Don’t get too close to an open flame or your victory will literally go up in smoke. I might be able to understand this if the director had been a small time operation but this was surely not the case.
Let’s get one thing straight, I DO NOT like getting “mugged” when I place. By this I mean do not give away coffee mugs as an award for placing in a half marathon. What is that? I don’t want an award I can use to heat up my soup! Does anyone in America have a shortage of regular coffee mugs? I don’t think so and I don’t want another one.
How about a couple of the really great finish medals out there? The first one that comes to mind is for completing the Little Rock Marathon and is a medal that I hope to add to my collection some day. It changes from year to year but still holds the record as the worlds largest finisher medal and weighs over a pound. Last year the design was the Titan Atlas holding the globe upon his shoulders that actually spins within outer portion of the medal. Now THAT is cool!
Now to address the problem that every runner has, “how do I show off my medals?” If I may take a moment for some shameless self promotion, please click on the link on the upper right of the page – D2 Displays. I create and sell some beautiful and unique displays suitable for the effort you put into earning your awards. My prices are very reasonable when compared to the competition. Order one now, you won’t be sorry.