If you run a lot of small, local races, eventually you start collecting some plaques and medals.*
A big stack had grown on my sewing table, and I finally decided it was time for it to go.
So I took a picture and threw most of them out. Honestly, most of these races were not meaningful races for me - I got an age group award in a small race, or I won something but did not PR. Since my house has minimal storage, I have gone the route of "Save a photo, not the item" many times (my wedding dress is about to go into that category, actually!).
I did keep a few of them, though:
- I kept the plaque from Stennis 2011, because I won first overall. Yeah, it was a tiny race, but when am I ever going to win a marathon again?!
- I kept the plaque from RnR New Orleans this year, even though it's a kind of lame "2nd in your age group" thing. That's because a. I JUST received this and feel weird throwing it out as soon as I get it and b. I'm tickled to have placed in this race since just 2 years before it was my first marathon, and I was in the bottom 50% of finishers!
- I kept the glass award from the Publix marathon because they were nice enough to engrave my name on it. I feel bad throwing out a personalized item.
- I kept the St. Charles 10k award - not because it's a first overall award or anything special, but because canvas is expensive and I intend to paint over it at some point. I mean, why waste good material? I stashed it with my other blank canvases.
I gladly threw out the Clarence DeMar marathon age group award, since they gave me the wrong one!
Do you save race awards, medals, etc? How do you store them? The ones I kept I stuck behind my jewelry box on my dresser.
*An alternate way to collect medals is to actually be a fast runner, but that method takes more work and dedication than I'm inclined to do or have.