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Friday, January 9, 2009

Lampshade Racer

I admit it, I save nearly everything related to races. I can't help myself. This would include t-shirts, BIB's, race medals (if I'm lucky) and assorted other swag items.
T-shirts - I probably have enough t-shirts to clothe a small town and most reside quietly in one of many totes stored around my house. A small, sometimes rotating collection remains within reach for those special occasions. Cotton t-shirts have lost most of their appeal so if last minute entry means no t-shirt then I'll sign up at the last minute. The only real exception would be races that offer tech shirts. I LOVE tech shirts...
Race Medals - Every medal ever earned ends up on my lamp. It's probably a good thing I don't win much. As it is I may have to move onto a second lamp soon. My lampshade has so many medals hanging from it it barely serves its real purpose of providing light.
BIB's - I have every BIB from every race I've ever completed. Two things happen with every BIB I earn: 1) I write the date, time and avg pace on the back of each BIB and 2) I pin it on my cubicle wall(s) at work. I do have some rules. I start fresh each year. So anytime you come into my office you'll only see the races I've done so far this year. It does provide a conversation topic and at least the topic is something I like to talk about :-)
Misc Swag - Anybody need some Rasberry Gu? Chapstick? Bio-Gel? Yeah, me neither but I still keep a box full of the stuff....just in case.

1 comment:

Jim Hansen said...

Steve, A few years ago my wife made a quilt out of a bunch of old favorite running and triathlon t-shirts: from the HS state XC race, early Falmouth Road races, first BAA Marathon, Marathon PR race, triathlon wins, ect and we hung it on a fat dowel downstairs with all my "crap". Now I hang all those medals on the dowel and pin all those pins to the quilt. Well, I did take it down this summer and haven't put it up again, but it is a good way to display your stuff or at least get it out boxes and on the wall. I still have a few boxes of stuff from early races and other running stuff. My parents just sent up a trunk filled with more stuff: early 70's Falmouth Road race stuff, stinking race t-shirts from the 70's, a pair of spikes (with Illinois mud still caked on) I wore after inheriting them from a NCAA XC champion, even an ash tray from the hotel in Dallas where I ran my first marathon. I am having a big bonfire in a week or two and burning up a ton of stuff (running and otherwise) in celebration of turning 50! It's time to get rid of the crap!