Since I'm a bit of a race medal dork, I've actually collected quite a few along the way (see also my "races" tab above). Here is my main display that contains not only marathon medals, but also medals that I've received for smaller races or age group wins:
Last year, 2010, was the Year of the Rock and Roll race for me. I ran 7 of them - 6 full marathons and 1 half marathon. The Competitor group that organizes the races have extra medals for each race you do over the first. So, after the first, I received another sweet medal in the mail for every additional race I did - all the way up to 7. Here they all are. I'm going to do a separate post about them in the very near future, but I didn't think that it would be good to not include them here.
Finally MY favorite. It is from the 2007 Kansas City marathon, my first ever race and my first ever marathon. While I've ran faster races, and probably received flashier medals, the Kansas City marathon was amazing. After all, you know what they always say - you never forget your first.
Grace from How I Complicated my Life Today (love the blog name) said that her favorite was from Freedom's Run Marathon in Shepherdstown WV. It was made by a local jeweler and is a stylized version of John Brown's fort, which is just one historic site on the course. It's pretty enough for a key chain.
Rose from Eat Drink and Be Meiri not only loves the mud, but she also likes eating her most favorite medal. No word on what it felt like coming out the other end. Probably a lot like sunflower seeds.
Stephanie from It’s All Happening was convinced that Big Sur should have made the list. Actually, so were a few commenters as well. After seeing the medal, I am not sure that I could argue.
Picture courtesy of Aron @ Runner's Rambles
Madison (Nobel4Lit) from A Case of the Runs also agreed that Big Sur should have made the list. Also, she wanted to include Chicago – whose race last year was on 10/10/10. If that isn’t the sign that the Rapture is close, then I don’t know what does. (Is the Rapture too “last week” to still joke about?)
Kim from Girl Evolving said that her favorite medal was from the Presque Isle marathon in September 2010 - it's a small marathon in Erie, PA. Beautiful, flat course (two loops around a state park peninsula) and the race medal is really unique and matched the locale.
Brian at Earn Your Donuts said that his favorites were from the Baltimore Marathon Relay (the half marathon and marathon had similar crab designs) and the Shamrock Marathon. The Shamrock marathon because: 1) It's my only marathon so far. 2) it can be used as a bottle opener and is thus the only medal I'll take with me in the event of the zombie apocalypse. Good call, Brian. You can never be too careful. I've heard zombies don't like beer breath.
Morgan at Caution, Redhead Running isn’t running right now because of a STUPID stress fracture. But, she still said that her favorite medal was the Gasparilla Marathon medal in 2010. But alas that was also because it was the final running of it.
Laura at Live Well, Laugh Often, Run Much reminisced about snowy Canadian winters with her local Boxing Day 10 mile race which she says is a fantastic event. She also said that she has both the Ottawa and Flying Pig medals as well. However, I did have to laugh to myself at the fact that there was a Boxing Day race (something very Canadian) that was measured in miles instead of in KM. Although, I suppose a 16K isn’t quite as fun as saying that you rocked 10 miles. Maybe?
Finally ,Christina from Lazy Bones Running was certainly the blogger’s pet when she selected not one, but TWO Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K medals – organized in part by yours truly. However, I do have to say that her other suggestion, Ragnar Las Vegas, where she received 3 medals which double as bottle openers at the finish, was probably a better choice.
Finally, the Scape Sunscreen winner. I'm actually glad that so many people said that they do put on sunscreen before long runs because, just like Wilford Brimley says: There is just no reason not to - unless you want to look like leather.
Running in a World of Pink!! Pritch blogs about how he is a good role model to his wife and daughters - THREE of them!! Winning is good timing since Pritch is a veteran (Memorial Day) bad timing because Pritch is on crutches because of a surgery to remove scar tissue. BLEH! Shoot me an email and I'll send you over the goods!