There comes a time in every slightly obsessive-compulsive runner girl’s career where she looks up from her piles of race bibs, medals and t-shirts and wonders, “What do I do with all of this stuff?!”
My medal board started out innocently enough in 2005 after just six races (some earlier medals were missing for years).
By the time I moved out of that apartment with the corkboard in the kitchen (six years later):
When I lived on my own and after that in a rental suite, it was still okay to display them on dollar-store over-the-door towel racks on my IKEA Billy bookcase.
Medals from anything other than half-marathons.
Now, I am in a condo and NPY “forbids” me from the same kind of display and I agree that a more permanent, more tasteful and less clangy solution is desired. The most common solution is to hang them in a row of hooks above which there is some saying like, “Live, Laugh, Run” or something but do fear the weight of the medals will tear down the wall.
Image from runyogamarathon.wordpress.com
Image from halfsandhikes.wordpress.com
Image from Run Run Run Pinterest board
This style of display, shown three ways, suits me as discreet and tidy. I can imagine using a shadow box for this. The third image of a board for medals from 50 states inspires me to make a separate shadow box for running in 10 provinces!
I have long had a solution for my race bibs in a scrapbook (followed shortly after my girlfriends stopped scrapbooking sessions during which I did not participate).
If I had spare race bibs – and only for a decent race like the New York Marathon, that would be worthy of turning into a coaster.
Image from pbfingers.com
I also like the bags that Mile 22 will make from your race bibs. Again, bibs are in a scrapbook and I like it very much that way, too. Got too many bags anyhow.
But what to do about all of those t-shirts?!
All along, I thought I would make a quilt. I need to learn how to use a sewing machine. And would anyone actually use it??
So, when I asked the Internet about it, I saw an image of race t-shirts made into a scarf and I thought that is feasible…
Image from earlyrunner.blogspot.com
Just for the fun of it, I thought this mannequin dressed up in race bibs and mannequins is the best!
Image from RunnersWorld.com