But David, nobody cares what you think. The OP was asking what do we do with our medals, not for an essay about the infantilization of society.
The thread moved onto the merits of having a medal, I was addressing that ...... sometimes threads do move on from their original purpose as the debate goes on. Do you want me to dig up some of your posts that you made that have nothing to do with the original point of the thread? Thought not .......
Oh God, sorry I can't resist! David - as far as I can see from the thread, yours was the FIRST RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION!!!?
Yes and sorry, I realise I shouldn't have said 'you all are' as really that was just directed at David! I'm sure you're a nice enough bloke. But really. You and Scrooge would probably have a right good Christmas together.
Ok, let me go into a bit more detail about why I get a bit annoyed with the 'Didnt we all do well, everyone gets a medal because we are all heroes' attitude.
The thing is, yes everyone has different times and are at different stages of their running 'careers'(for lack of a better word). Fair enough, but the input level is also different and it seems to me that we are rewarding everyone in the same way despite their level of effort.
For instance there are some people who do like 10 minutes of running, 10 minutes of walking, maybe 3 times a week for a year, enter a half marathon, finish it in 2:20 and go 'Yay me!!'
Other people bust a gut (not me), train hard, get their times right down ... so therefore its fair enough to think 'Ive earned this medal.'
But some people seem to genuinely think that because they made a token effort, and that because that effort is slightly more than the guy sitting on the couch eating potato crisps, that that makes their contribution the same as those who really put in, in training. Whereas it doesnt.
Its not being miserable, its being realistic.
GOD what a load of miseries you all are!!!! No-one forces you to pick up a bloody medal, and of course they're only designed as souvenirs (it's not like it's made of gold or you get given it by the queen) - why shouldn't people who are trying that distance for the first time, or acheived a time they're really proud of (even if that is 2.20) or have acheived something they never thought they would get a souvenir of the day to take home with them? They're not exactly 'rewards' in any sense other than doing a half marathon or whatever is rewarding in itself, and here's your momento!
God you must be a pretty sad bunch, and woefully insecure about your own acheivements if you begrudge 'everyone getting the same medal' regardless of acheivement or effort - unless you're an elite athlete setting out to win then the race is always only ever going to be against yourself and your own expectations - and even if you didn't train and walked the whole way round, if you had a good time and feel like you want something to remember the day by, why shouldn't you pick up a medal?
What do you expect them to do, take a potted history of every one of the 11,000 people who entered and work out who, on the basis of overall ability, fitness, effort, acheivement and worthiness 'deserves' a medal and who doesn't? They are just souvenirs, they're not made of Gold, there's no presentation ceremony - if people want to keep them and hang them up, good for them. If people feel overburdened by the number of medal they have that don't mean anything to them 'because everyone else has one' or 'you've already got 10 billion' then don't pick one up, idiot.
Either that or stop wasting your energy begrudging everyone elses medals and start working towards winning races and getting real medals that actually mean something to you, if you're upset that 'everyone gets the same'.
The fact that anyone could even be bothered to be annoyed at people being given 'medals' when finishing a race seems absurdly and determinedly miserablist to me. Get over yourselves, honestly!
And well done everyone who's completed any kind of race they think is a challenge that they are proud of. I will treasure my "medal" as a souvenir to remind me of the year I got into running, something I never thought I would do (and perhaps to inspire me to go one better next time!).
Amazing! Well done Steve! I did it in 2h 09 which I was well chuffed about considering I was aiming for 2h 30 and hadn't done nearly enough training! Go newbies Don't know about you but I've been STARVING ever since! Can't seem to go more than an hour without needing to eat again! Am making sure I eat lots of protein and am hoping it's all that muscle building thats going on
Well done again! What an awesome day - and how BRILLIANT was the support from everyone from Bath!! Those Brazilian Bands to get you up the hills... everyone with their doors and windows open playing us music to run to... all the little kids high-fiving and giving out sweets - THANKS BATH YOU'RE THE BEST!!!