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1/19/18 1:42 A

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Don't just tell us the medals are beautiful. Post a photo!

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1/19/18 1:39 A

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Nice piece! If your looking for a US based company, I just bought fiesta medals for our event from http://fiestamedal.net/ the medals came out beautiful, a lot of attention to details, and the staff was great to work with, very fast to respond. I'll try making one on my next project.

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11/30/17 3:05 P

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Thatís interesting. This was new to me. I can see the draw back in an annual race. Itís impossible to do the same race year in year out. This series runs over four months and I will only do it once as itís a huge time commitments in terms of travelling to the various venues and dedicating every second Saturday to it. Theyíve designed the medals so that they connect regardless of how many you do, which is nice. Iíd be annoyed if I had to buy one just to complete a puzzle!



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11/30/17 2:29 P

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Connecting medals is the latest trend. Can't say I'm thrilled by it because it commits you to their schedule, not yours. (Running isn't the only thing going on in my life!) And if you miss one race (illness, sold out, etc), you can't complete/display the medal design (or they offer to sell you medals for races you haven't done).

A race near me is using connecting medals that are issued one per year, so you have to do a race for several years in a row to complete the design. Actually, I'm not sure it ever completes. But I'm not interested in committing to a race for years!



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11/30/17 4:26 A

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I love medals! They're my momento from the race.

The ones I hate are the generic ones that are usually handed out at charity races and tend to always say the same thing - eg. Race for Life 5km with no date and no change of design year after year. It makes it harder to remember which race was when.

I'm currently running a 10km series where if you complete all 8 runs through Winter you earn an extra "gold" medal and that is quite an incentive for me. They've also designed the 8 race medals so that they connect together at the end to make a long rectangle. Each medal is specific to the race route and the ribbon has the year of the event. That kind of medal is a lovely reminder of the event and looks nice on a wall, too. These are probably the nicest medals I've received.

I tend to avoid races where there is no medal and as I've got to know the various races in my area I'll also avoid ones where I know the medal is the same year in, year out. Unless of course the race is very nearby to my home and not too expensive.

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11/27/17 11:35 A

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If you're looking for a US based company, I recommend http://www.baseballtradingpins.net that is where I got my pins made. It came out fantastic and the staff was great to work with, very fast to respond too. They also have a sister site for medals that you may be interested in it's www.fiestamedal.net

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2/8/16 10:05 P

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This discussion reminds me of some of the crappier medals I've received. Here's a pic from the (atrociously named) High Cloud Snapple HM that I did. Took me two years to learn my lesson. (It also doesn't help that it's usually in January and icy footing can be an issue. That got tiresome.)



I don't remember which medal came first but the big one is just a medal blank with a piece of paper pasted in the middle covered by laminate. On the other hand, the smaller medal is lame in its own pathetic way.

So why did I do this race twice? Well, the start/finish is just a 1/4 mile from my house so it was hard to resist.

It's been a few years since I did it. But this year, I've finally lost any interest because it went up to the absurd price of $65 (trust me, I'm omitting description of all the other great "features" of this race) and, no doubt, will be including yet another POS medal.

What a good demonstration of how much race directors can take advantage of people who run "for the bling." I figure the RDs must be cackling in the planning meetings, wondering how badly they can treat the participants and still have people pay to participate.


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2/8/16 9:10 A

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Having now seen the slider type (thanks Pastafarian), I would probably avoid a race if it offered one...
Guess I'm just getting old and jaded.
Not sure about bitter yet...
One problem I remember with finisher t-shirts is that it is tough to get the right sizes to the right people. I worked the finish lanes at a couple of races back then and it was pretty much chaos for a while at the finish. Course this was before computerized timing.


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2/7/16 11:55 A

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I would prefer the shirt at the finish for the races that check-in is on race day. Sometimes it's a pain to go back to the car to stash the shirt. In the beginning, I really liked the idea of medals, but I find that I just come home and drop it into the pile and don't really care about it afterwards. And I haven't even done that many races. But, strangely, I'm not sure if I'd take the no medal option or not. I guess it depends on how much I'd save. Even though after I was done, I'd feel silly for getting the medal, there is something at registration that draws me toward the medal. I can't explain my strange mind.

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2/5/16 3:47 P

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I'm ok with the shirt at the finish. It was the time limit that would have gotten me!

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2/5/16 3:23 P

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Some race still give their shirts at the finish. I don't know why all races don't. It would save organizers money and would also stop runners from committing the faux pas of wearing the race shirt on race day!

I found some sliding medals. They look pretty dismal.

www.ashworthawards.com/sliders
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2/5/16 10:56 A

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Whoa FUTBOLREF! I'm glad that rule wasn't in effect at Grandmas the last 4 years I've run - I would have only gotten my shirt twice!

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2/5/16 8:37 A

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Craft and home brewers often don't use twist off caps... I'm fine with a normal, small sized, finisher medal for a HM as long as they have good food at the end. Never heard of the "slider" type either.
I have never run a race based on the type of medal offered. I have decided not to run a race specifically because they offered medals (usually 5Ks). But I realize that people are motivated by different things.
Side note: I've been around long enough to remember when you got finisher t-shirts. Ran Grandma's Marathon in 1979 and the finisher's t-shirt was a big motivation to finish the darn thing. And you only got the t-shirt if you finished under 4:30.

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Those are some crazy options! I would actually vote for normal sized - crazy big hurts your neck. A no-medal option would be great.

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A new HM in my already-HM-congested area at least has the thoughtfulness to ask: "Which Type of Awesome Medal would you Like to See Around your Neck?"

Here are their choices and the current voting:

42% "spinning parts"
23% "super big"
17% "bottle opener"
13% "shiny, like gold"
5% "slider"

Given their choices, spinning parts sounds ok to me although I have no idea what a slider medal might be. I really don't understand why so many people voted for a bottle opener. (Haven't twist-off tops killed the need for bottle openers?) Such a shame that they didn't offer a "no medal" option. What else did they miss? (Wine cork medal?) What do you prefer?

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