Medals or no medals?

medals only for the higher placed positions?

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19/11/2012 at 15:21

I'm just starting to do longer races (half marathons to be precise) and am not very fast, my current goals are just to get round.  For me, a medal signifies the achievement of actually finishing and reminds me that I worked really hard and earned it.  Makes all the training and effort worthwhile.

If the organisers decided to give medals only to the top 25% then it would make every race elitist and surely that then defeats the object of making a big and popular event that is achievable for the average joe and new runners???

Like someone else said, if you don't want your medal, just don't accept it - there are plenty of other runners who do and will wear them with pride.

19/11/2012 at 21:57
I did a marathon recently and, as I was walking away from the finish, there was a finisher medal in a skip. Why bother taking it in the first place??
21/11/2012 at 07:49

I wear medals with pride!! at the end of the day we are all winners even if you finish last, as we are the ones getting of our sofa and doing the training and races!

21/11/2012 at 10:54

good luck Beth with ur half marathon training, dont worry about being slow, i'm a plodder and for me its about finishing ( yes i wear my medal with pride lol )


21/11/2012 at 13:19

I enjoy my finishers medals. I bought an engraving tool (under £8 at Lidl) and I engrave each one with my name, time, pacing, age-group placing (and name and date of the event if it's not on the medal). I get a certain amount of pleasure in the visual reminder of my achievements, whether it's a 10K or a 50-miler. And when (hopefully not for many years) I can't run any more, it will be nice to have these mementoes.

Every race will be someone's first race, or their first at that distance, or a PB, or whatever, and will be the one THEY want to remember.

I still run parkruns, and other races without medals, but I like the mementos, and do use find that they trigger memories.

07/12/2012 at 21:04

That's a good idea, might have to get myself an engraver. I love medals. Would not do a race if it did not have one. The parkrun Tshirts are great motivation as well, getting the 50 shirt was a great feeling

09/12/2012 at 17:37

Debra....I agree, I like the visual reminder of my achievements too, especially when I see the ones I'm most proud of. 

I don't have children yet, but I imagine it's always nice to see at the end of a race how proud a child can be wearing mummy or daddy's medal round their necks.....and at that age I can still bend the truth into making them think I got it because I'm good, not because I finished! 

09/12/2012 at 20:06

i would give you a steak pie pete with chips. grow up.

10/12/2012 at 11:37

I did a x-country last week where there were medals for the first 3 in each age category and a Xmas cracker for everyone else.  I came 2nd*, so got a medal.










*there were only 5 in my age category, shhh don't tell anyone

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