April 9, 2015 11:02 PM
As races multiply, so do awards of all shapes, sizes; medals ‘as big as your head’
Some marathons boast glorious histories, others scenic courses. The Little Rock Marathon in Arkansas stands out for its finisher’s medal.
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April 9, 2015 11:12 PM
"why do runners finished " /Are you brain dead /
April 9, 2015 11:11 PM
I don't want a medal. I love getting the tshirts, or some races give you a pie :)For me, ultimately, the race itself is the reward.
But it doesn't surprise me that people love the bling. They are effectively participation trophies, which everyone complains are ruining America's youth. The infantilizing of adult America will continue indefinitely, and at an accelerating pace, for the foreseeable future.But my running for beer is just as infantile. I get that. It's just there has to be some pleasure for all that pain, and beer, not bling, does it for me.
My first R&R in 2010, no medal. Was also my first 1/2M, and I certainly wasn't expecting anything other than the joy of completing it. I'm not anti-bling but the medals for very small charity races feel like a waste. I ran an inagural 1/2 with only 1000 people for a small fundraiser and got a tec shirt and medal? Not sure how they made any money.Mostly I give them to my kids, who proudly run around saying "Papa won again!" Funny thing, my neighbors kids running around with the same medal saying the same thing.I will say I'm quite proud of the medal for a very long relay I received earlier this month. easily the most exhausting event I've done in a very long time.
April 9, 2015 11:10 PM
"Races" have turned into 6 year old soccer, where everybody gets a trophy. I'd rather have the t-shirt... at least with that I can run in it and it doesn't collect dust.
April 9, 2015 11:09 PM
The value of the bling is in the eye and circumstance of the recipient. I'm a competitive cyclist. A 50-mile or 100-mile race or ride isn't really a challenge for me. I do three or four rides per week at those distances. As a result, I've turned down finishers' bling at these distances. Medals for placing in the top three are different. But shirts or medals for entering / finishing? Not worth carrying home.On the other hand, if that 100-miler were my first one -- one that I had trained for and sweated over and struggled to finish -- that very same bling would hold meaning for me. It would be a big deal and would find a place of honor. (And I'm doing a very hard race later this year where, if I finish, the finishers' bling WILL be displayed alongside my "real" trophies!)I guess my thought is that the value of finishers' bling varies with how many times you've been there before and how hard you had to work to get there.
April 9, 2015 11:08 PM
I've run numerous half-marathons and always took a medal at the end from the nice people handing them out because I didn't want to hurt their feelings. I'm much more sentimental about the t-shirts, though the only one I really care about is the first one. Probably why I don't run races anymore.
The medals are usually a nice touch. I like the shirts as well, as I can use them for training. Lately I have found that they do not provide shirts for the half-marathons. I had to buy one for Williams 66 - Tulsa, and OKC Memorial only provided them for Full finishers. Kind of cheap, overall. I may check out the Little Rock. The medal was actually the appeal for me, for Tulsa.
Finisher medals are nice ways to remember races. I can't say I've ever been motivated by a medal to enter a particular race. The post race pictures I have with my running friends and in particular with each of my sons after we ran full marathons together are worth a lot more to me. My medal from the Texas Marathon, which is ironically a very small race, weighs a couple of pounds. It's the only "shock factor" medal I've ever collected.
The nautical theme of the medal is an interesting choice for landlocked Little Rock.
April 9, 2015 11:07 PM
My finisher medals go in a series of big Ziploc bags.Recently I've been doing more trail races so I am acquiring quite a collection of pint glasses.I have a few displayed(mostly in my office), but it is more decoration than anything.Personally they can keep the medals, shirts, and sling bags. I race, because I like to not because of the bling.
April 9, 2015 11:06 PM
Bigger the challenge, the smaller the bling?Comrades finisher gets a medal about the size of a US quarter - which he/she will always cherish more than the other medals in his/her collection........
April 9, 2015 11:05 PM
If medals and trinkets are what it takes to motivate some people to exercise and take better care of their bodies, fine. But in my own experiece, over 40000 miles run in the last 32 years, it is the joy of running itself which brings the greatest pleasure. In fact I find myself now eschewing more and more races because I am not as much interested in paying race fees that are typically in the range of $25-$75 in order to run with thousands of others in what are becoming less real competitions than social events.
April 9, 2015 11:04 PM
The reporter and editor who teamed up for this piece of journalistic detritus are idiotic in the extreme. First, for use of the term "muscle bound" to describe Cross Fit aficionados dispensing medals. The phrase originated as a way of ridiculing body builders as athletes who were inflexible or immobilized by their muscle mass. No one who has ever met a body builder would call them that, and the term most certainly does not apply to Cross Fittters (I am not one) who are some of the fittest people in our culture. We need more people to take up Cross Fit (or any exercise program for that matter) not read something so inane and be turned off by the description.
Its a symbol of pushing yourself to your personal life and age limits when if you are not from Nigeria you have no chance at all and replaces the T- shirts to do the same thing .
Medals make a lot more sense than those pathetic "26.2" stickers for cars.
April 9, 2015 11:03 PM
Try amateur road bike racing sometime. Only top-3 (sometimes top-5) get a prize, even if there are 100 in your race. And while there are age categories, there are no "fat people" or "mom pulling bike trailer" categories.
"Companies such as US Road Running and Fit, Fab & Lean sell race bibs and finisher medals to purchasers who vow to run a certain distance on their own time and turf. The model is based on trust that customers will award a medal to themselves only after completing the promised distance."That is pathetic. Clearly, Millenials have infiltrated the sport. Diplomas for sale, anyone?