I was talking to a bunch of runners about medals and I for that, I know for a fact that many race finishers proudly display their hard earned medal on their wall some dangling in their car and some even hang it on their window grills, yes you read that right in their car, (well that was one particular medal that he loved most). It is the new obsession where races go out to collect as many medals as possible and collected they have.
So what brought us to that topic? it was when we were comparing which medal has the best design and which was the coolest, Medals to me is just another momentum which do not mean anything, I do not display my medals but I just put them back in the ziplock back along with my race bibs (Yes, I still have all my race bibs)
I just want to share with you guys the Runners World 10 Coolest Medal
Little Rock Marathon
Little Rock, Arkansas · In 2014, the Little Rock Marathon gave out its biggest finisher’s medal yet. At 8 1/4 inches across and weighing 2 1/2 pounds, it dwarfs the race’s inaugural 2003 medal (at far left)
Since this overnight relay series started in 2009, runners have become very attached to their Ragnar finisher’s medals, which always incorporate the race’s signature bottle opener. So attached that a few now-deceased finishers were buried with them
Mississippi Blues Marathon
Jackson, Mississippi · When Race Director John Noblin presented the 2014 medal to his race committee, they worried that the only way to up the ante for next year would be to give out actual guitars. The 10-inch-tall guitar-shaped medal comes in two pieces, connected by a ribbon forming the guitar’s neck
Kingwood, Texas · Everything is bigger in Texas, including the medals. The design for the Texas Marathon medal changes every year, but one thing is kept consistent—its massive size. At 9 1⁄4 inches by 6 3⁄4 inches and three pounds, three ounces, organizers believe it’s the world’s biggest finisher’s medal,
The next one I am showing you will be my favourite and I hope one day I will be able to collect them all
Disney Marathons and Half-Marathons
Orlando, Florida · “The beautiful thing about these medals is that it is one of the only Disney souvenirs you can’t simply buy at a gift shop,” says the runDisney series medal designer David Brotherton. “You have to earn it.” Brotherton, an art director for Disney, designs medals for all of runDisney’s events
New Years Double
Allen, Texas · Runners who complete a half or full marathon on New Year’s Eve, and another half or full marathon on New Year’s day through the 6.55-mile looped course are rewarded with a finisher’s plate. Magnets hold two original finisher medals from each day’s race in place on the plate, forming an even larger piece of hardware to mark the accomplishment
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania · Local Amish blacksmiths provide 2,500 used horse-shoes to make these finisher’s medals. Amish volunteers then craft each one by hand before presenting them to runners at the finish.
Portland, Oregon · Race Director Les Smith says he has two requirements for the Portland Marathon’s finisher’s medals: “The medal has to have two sides, and if a person finds it 200 years from now they will know what is was for and where it was from.” Consistently ranked near the top of the Marathon & Beyond’s list of best finisher’s medals, Portland’s medal incorporates engravings on both sides that speak to the city’s history. Finishers also receive a pendant and coin.
Newark, Delaware · This free marathon still wants finishers to commemorate their accomplishment without the cost of an elaborate medal. So race director Stewart Dotts collects rocks along the trail race’s route in the weeks leading up to the event, which are then polished and decaled with the race’s logo—a panting dog. “The much coveted ‘finisher’s rock’ adorns desks, trophy shelves, windowsills, toilet tanks, and flower gardens across the country,” Dotts says
Wine Country Half-Marathons; ODDyssey Half-Marathon
Nationwide · Though the design changes from year to year, participants always receive a medal (shown at left) that channels the beverage the race celebrates. In 2012, that meant incorporating a wine bottle stopper and corkscrew.
Philadelphia · This innovative medal (shown at right) serves a three-part purpose. After the race, it functions as a traditional race medal that can be proudly displayed around a runner’s neck. At home, it can be wall mounted to serve as a commemorative plaque and a functional bottle opener.
And there you have it 10 most coolest medals voted by Runners World, Do you think Singapore have any cool medals to show ? What is your most memorable Singapore Medal ? Do share in the comment box for all the readers