Bib number and medal collections

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Though I am not one of those who runs a marathon every month, between road races and track events, I have accumulated bib numbers and medals over time, but I don’t know what to do with them. I know some people treasure them. They buy frames and organize the ones they treasure most, while others buy or even make apparatus to hang or hold them nicely. Obviously, they are proud of their achievement and find them memorable. I don’t seem to have the same sentiment towards the bibs and medals. Sure, I don’t throw them out, but they are either put away or left out on furniture collecting dust. What do you do with your bibs and/or medals?

Runner’s World magazine recently had a Facebook post about this, and that’s why I am writing this post; otherwise, I would not even think of my bibs and medals. But I thought about them, because their post showed people’s collections, some of which caught my eyes. As I am keeping mine, should I do something with them? Would there be any value as personal collection if I made something interesting? Things about bibs are that they are usually all wrinkled, wet and dirty by the time I finish a race. Sure, those who display them in their home may clean them. But I, have not. They’ve been put away as dirty as they were at the time of removal from the sweaty shirts I ran in. Medals are not as dirty. But they weigh a lot more and make annoying clinking sound. These are other reasons why I have not done anything with my bibs and medals.

But if I were to do something with them, what would it be? If I were to spend time (and probably money), I might as well make it meaningful or interesting. I saw someone making a tote bag (or pasted bibs on the bag), but that’s not me. Cover a wall with bibs and medals? Not happening. Framing them? Too ordinary. I am going to have to think about this. In the meantime, let’s hear what you do with your bibs and medals.

  • Cheryl
    December 31, 2014

    You could get a nice notebook and hole punch them to keep them in there. You could also add journal pages and/or photographs to help you remember certain things about the specific races. There are also notebook “bag pages” that would hold your medallions. You can organize them by chronology or region or time or whatever you want. Good luck with your project!

    • Koji Kawano
      December 31, 2014

      Thank you for the suggestion, Cheryl! Might be one of my new year resolution or project. =)

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