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NYC Running Mama: What Do You Do with Your Race Bibs and Medals?

Michele shares creative ways to display your race bibs and medals.

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I am a packrat. I dislike throwing away things that have even the smallest bit of meaning to me. Everything gets put into chronologically-labeled shoeboxes and packed away for a rainy day when I’m feel nostalgic.

Race bibs and medals are no different. For years, I kept everything to do with my running in those shoeboxes. Last spring I reviewed a medal sign on my blog. After hanging it up, I went through my old boxes and pulled out all the medals I could find. Then, over the summer, I had the idea to pull out my old bibs and create a wall behind my treadmill.  It’s been a source of inspiration for me to physically see the races I have competed in when I go down my basement to run or work out.

With another racing season coming to an end, you may be left with a pile of bibs and medals, but not sure what to do with them. Whether you are a runner who is newer to the sport or a seasoned veteran, it’s never too early – or late – to do something fun with your running mementos.  Or maybe you are looking for a fun holiday gift for that running friend of yours. Either way, below are some ideas for ways to display bibs and medals:

Race Bibs

Wall: Use clear tape on the backs of the bibs to secure them together. It’s not only the easiest, but also the least expensive way to display your bibs. And, you can easily add a bib after each subsequent race.

Frame: First marathon or half marathon? First BQ? First Ironman? This is a great option for those truly special races that you want to highlight. Photographers for larger races typically offer a bib/medal/photo option. Other websites, such as Racer USA, offer decorative frames.

Coasters: Fun way to turn that special race bib into a coaster (or set of 4!). Websites such as Gone For A Run, offer a bunch of different options.

Wall Holder: This is a great option if space is limited in your home or workspace. It’s a single holder that stacks your race bibs. Check out Running On The Wall’s site for more options.

Blanket, Bag, T-shirt, pillows: There are a ton of other options available if you are crafty and/or know someone who is!

Medals

Medal Hanger: This is a great way to conveniently keep all your medals together in one location, especially if space is an issue. Companies such as Strut Your Running Stuff Sign Co, offer a wide range of options and designs.

Ornaments: There have been plenty of photos of the Christmas Trees of die-hard runners who use medals as ornaments!

Vase: You can put the medals in any large vase you own – with or without the ribbon. It’s a beautiful way to keep them on your desk at work or around your house without feeling like they are taking over the entire space!

Wall or Thumb-tack board: You don’t need to spend a fortune to display your medals. All your need are some nails or a cork board. Just put the nails in the board or on the wall and hang a medal on each one!