When you start running races one thinks it would be nice to win a medal. After you’ve run a few races, and won a few medals you will be asking yourself what do I do with the medals now? Our household has two adults that have competed in 10-20 races a year or over 24 years, and two children that have run a few races themselves. So you can imagine the amount of medals we have in our house. Rather than stuff it in a drawer here are a few ideas.
Hang it up. If you have a collection of medals, show them off on one of these cool MedalART Wall Hangers. These metal, hand-sculpted hangers come in six different designs and can hold up to 24 medals. It’s a perfect running gift for a runner on your list (or for your own wish list). Check out MedalArt’s website at http://www.goneforarun.com
Create a shadow box display. If you don’t want to pay a lot of money to get your medal, race photo and bib, professionally mounted and framed, try doing it yourself. Just buy an inexpensive shadow box at a local craft store, fill it with your race memorabilia, hang it on your wall and you’ll have a nice-looking reminder of your achievement. The shadow boxes some in a variety of sizes and are made out of wood.
Pin them on cork board (about 4 feet x 3 feet found in Walmart/Target stores). This is perfect for children to hang in their rooms. My daughters are 9 and 7 years old. They started running 1 mile fun runs at the age of 3 and both have run a few 5K races after they turned 7 years old. They enjoy hanging the medals up and every once in a while they rearranging them, using push pins makes this fun and easy.
Donate it. Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that collects marathon, half-marathon, and triathlon medals from runners around the world and distributes them to children and adults who have demonstrated courage by dealing with disease, handicaps or any similar challenge. The Indianapolis-based organization has a nationwide network of doctors and others who award the medals to deserving, courageous people who are running their own race. Check out Medals4Mettle’s website if you’re interested in donating a medal. http://www.medal4mettle.org