Why do people get so worked up by goody bags?

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07/11/2012 at 17:45

It's only the goodie bags that keep me running. Isn't it the same for everyone else?

07/11/2012 at 19:47

When I was starting out, I was always delighted to get a medal, and a goody bag to a lesser extent.

Now the only thing I care about in a race is getting a performance satisfactory to the course/rivals and my expectations.

A medal or goody bag are barely of any consequence these days.


08/11/2012 at 10:09

I would never judge a race on the basis of the goody bag. It's not why I enter races!

08/11/2012 at 10:37

@ Peter Collins -  Clearly not for everybody though. 

When I walk in some parts of the  area where I live I see that a few people have thrown goody bags into the higher branches of trees.  Clearly not happy with the contents, I'm presuming ?

08/11/2012 at 11:33
At one race we got what can charitably be described as a trinket bowl. One finisher was heard to comment that 'I do a race and BUPA give me a b****dy ashtray, are they touting for business'
08/11/2012 at 13:01

I will do a race only if there are three goodie bags packed to the Sallys (gunnels) with cake, biscuit, beer, ashtrays and the like.

08/11/2012 at 13:36


HalfRunnerHalfBiscuit wrote (see)
At one race we got what can charitably be described as a trinket bowl. One finisher was heard to comment that 'I do a race and BUPA give me a b****dy ashtray, are they touting for business'

Philip Morris used to (maybe still do?) offer a mammoth supply of free cigarettes as part of an employee's benefits package.  Maybe this cuts down on their pension bill??

I'm pretty indifferent really, but if you're gonna hand me a bag as soon as I've finished a race, there'd better be some bloody chocolate in it! 

Edited: 08/11/2012 at 13:37
08/11/2012 at 13:55

I'm not bothered about what's in the goodie bag particularly, or even if there is one, but I do find stupid ones a bit annoying. I remember one of the Bristol halfs I did a few years back. Was expecting food in the goodie bag, which was good, because I was bloody starving. What did we get? A tin of f***ing vegetable soup.

08/11/2012 at 14:00

I fill my goodie bag with an assortment of Satnav's, car keys, cash and credit cards I find lying around in a tent near the finish line.

08/11/2012 at 22:14
@Tenjiso -- LOL
09/11/2012 at 09:22

Give me a medal! The other shit I can buy.

09/11/2012 at 09:26

You mean you don't buy an assortment of medals and go to sleep surrounded by them?

09/11/2012 at 10:39

I tried it but people soon figured out that I scratched the name of the event into the metal with a compas. So here I am, getting medals the hard way lol.

09/11/2012 at 11:12

If I enter a running event that costs me about £15 then I don't expect one, but a medal is always nice.

What really pees me off though is if you've forked out an arm and a leg to enter an event and the goody bag is sh*te.  This year's Great South Run is a prime example, containing a cereal bar that was more a bag of granola because it had been so battered, not to mention some bizarre squashed pink "protein recovery" bar.  It looked like a tablet of frozen sicked up black cherry yoghurt. 

If you're going to offer a goody bag then make sure that the contents are worth having please!

09/11/2012 at 22:35
I guess that the clue is in the title, "goodie" bag, rather than "shitty" bag
09/11/2012 at 23:07

The OP is worded in such a dry/ funny way, love it.. really made me laugh.....I agree its odd what some people find so annoying ..

Edited: 09/11/2012 at 23:08
10/11/2012 at 14:17

If I can carry a goody bag after a race I have not tried hard enough.

10/11/2012 at 14:24

Oh yea,   the coaster at the end of the Snowdon race was too heavy for me, so left it on the floor.

10/11/2012 at 14:38

The best goody bags in the business are at the Wycombe Half. Stuffed full of both useful and useless stuff, but always on top of a medal AND a quality t-shirt. And all for one of the cheapest entry fees you'll get for a half.

I've never had a hoody from Bramley and they make you buy a t-shirt! Good race mind...

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