Athletes tend to collect quite a few medals as the years go on.  The trend has become for medals to be bigger and more creative.  Instead of just throwing all those medals in a box collecting dust, here are four ideas on what to do with your medals:

  1. Give it to a child at the end of your race. If you aren’t interested in hanging on to your finisher medal, look for a child cheering on a parent.  Ask the child if they would like to participate in such an event and, in most cases, the answer will be yes.  Give your medal to that child to inspire them to achieve their athletic goals.  You will make the child’s day and you will feel pretty good about yourself, too!
  2. Repurpose the medal. If you are crafty, there are a lot of different things you can make with your medals.  A few ideas are:  bottle opener, hook, magnet, coaster, windchimes or even lay them out to make a tabletop.
  3. Donate your medals. Medals4Mettle is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle.  They have a worldwide network of physicians and volunteers that award the medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their very own just to continue to live their life.  It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.
  4. Display them. Yes, we are proud of our accomplishments! What better way to show off your hard work and dedication than to put them up on display?  There are many companies that will make custom displays in various materials, sizes and colors, such as Blue Diamond Athletic Displays, Gone for a Run and Running on the Wall.

If you have a special or unique way of giving away, repurposing, donating or displaying your race medals, I want to know! Email me [email protected] and send me a photo.  You just may inspire someone else to be creative with their race medal collection.

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MJ Gasik started competing in the sport of triathlon in 2003 and has completed 12 Ironman distance races including the World Championships in Kona, HI. MJ is a USAT Certified Coach, Ironman U Certified Coach, USMS Level 4 Certified Coach and is the founder and owner of Tri Right Coaching. MJ has coached hundreds of athletes from beginners through elite to personal bests in distances from sprint through Ironman.

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