January 20, 2016

The evolution of my race medal display

Over the years, my race medal collection has grown...exponentially! I haven't always known how best to display my medals. I guess you can say this has been an iterative process. Over the last few weeks, I spent a fair amount of time pondering this and came up with a new arrangement (albeit only slightly modified from the previous arrangement) that I'm really loving.  TA DA!
My favorite race medals in our home office on display. They're on the wall
adjacent to another meaningful accomplishment on display - my engineering
degree from Bucknell University.

When I first started running, I had three medals which were from my first 10k and the 2011 and 2012 Princess Half Marathons.  It would be a while before my medal collection would grow and I had my two Princess Half Marathon medals simply placed on my jewelry hanger in the closet.

As my medal collection grew, I realized that they wouldn't be able to stay on my jewelry rack in the closet. And not to mention, I was proud of them and wanted them to be more gloriously displayed. I settled on an existing wooden peg rack and added some extra nails for more medals. As time wore on, I added more things to my medal display area - a shelf, framed cards from the Disney races, and lastly a display especially for the Dopey medals.
I promise my office isn't painted neon yellow! 
 Recently, I felt compelled to update the area. Quite frankly, I felt like my running shrine was taking over too much real estate in our shared office and I wanted to clean it up a bit. So one evening in early January when I was feeling particularly motivated, I took everything off the wall. Next, I was filling in the nail holes (there were lots!) and doing some touch up paint so that we could rework the reading nook in our office where my medals had taken over! I settled on hanging them over my desk and my least favorite part of this job was measuring the shelves and hooks to figure out exactly where they would go on the wall. This was definitely the most time consuming part. My Dad taught me well, "measure twice, cut once", or in this case, drill once. After an hour or so of detailed measurements and drilling, the shelves and hooks were up and ready for display time!

I got to work downsizing my display and selected my favorite things. I settled on 25 medals (out of 56) plus the 6 Dopey medals and let me tell you, this was a tough decision! Each medal represents so many memories and I treasure them all. But I have my favorites or those that have the most meaning and settled on those being the primary display medals. The remaining medals were safely wrapped up and placed in a box on a shelf in the office. That way, I can admire them if I would like!



25 of my favorite medals!
In terms of running memorabilia and memories, I included a framed photo from our 2012 Wine and Dine race when I ran a new PR and Mom ran gazelle-like pace to catch me after we had been separated at mile 3. I also added a framed quote that I often repeat during races and a signed Runner's World cover with my favorite swimmer, Summer Sanders and her autograph! Both of these are treasured gifts from running friends. Also on the shelf are the drumstick baton from our Rock 'n' Roll relay race, runner Mickey with many medals, the cowbell I won for my Team Fisher House fundraising efforts, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party wristband, and a coin from the Operation Homefront 5k.

Shelf with some of my favorite memories
The six Dopey Challenge medals - they have their own special display!

Overall, I like the simplicity of it and the memories it captures. And I know that my husband is grateful that the reading nook in our office is no longer dominated by my running stuff (read: crap!). Because let's face it, he's proud of me but I know he could live without my runDisney stuff everywhere!  
Our newly decorated reading nook with a poster that we
acquired on our honeymoon from Volcanoes National Park!
More posts on medals:
* 2014 the year in review, the medals!
* My Shrine
* Dopey is homeless!
* Race Medal Display
* Medal Display Ideas
* Princess Bling

How do you display your medals?
{Christine}

38 comments:

  1. Such a great display! My medals are still all in a box under my bed, maybe one day I'll get around to doing something with them!

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    1. I used to get really into the medals and now I feel like I only really am interested in the ones that mean something. My little box is so FULL but I'm glad to have my favorites out to look at :)

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  2. oh wow that is a lot of medals! How awesome how much you have achieved :) I have mine in a pile too but just got a medal holder and need to get organized!

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    1. Thanks Deborah! They really were kind of out of control and looking so cluttered. I figure if I've run this many miles I might as well enjoy it, right?!

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  3. I love that reading nook! Great job! Right now, I can have all my medals on the wall because we have a space next to our treadmill for them. Yet, I wonder about when we will likely downsize next year as we move to Kansas. I know we will only live there a year so part of me assumes that I will have to go through a similar process of deciding which ones get displayed.

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    1. Thanks friend! I'm actually really glad I downsized with which ones are out. I never said I would do that but I'm so happy that I chose my favorites to have out. And it feels a little more mature than all my runDisney stuff all over the place! ;)

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  4. I don't have my medals on display, but I'm thinking I should hang them up by my treadmill. For inspiration. I love yours!

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    1. I love the idea of hanging them by your treadmill. I've seen lots of people post their bibs near the TM for inspiration.

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  5. I like the idea of displaying your favorites. Also, I am in love with the Hawaii poster - we have the same print, but smaller. (I have several from National Park trips when I was younger. Such great design.) I love your new streamlined display. I'm still keeping mine on a doorknob, but they're about to fall off so I need to do something soon.

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    1. I love the National Park vintage-y prints! My husband traveled to tons of the national parks as a kid and he said his parents have some of the post cards somewhere. I'm really curious to see more of them. I'ma also a big fan of art as a souvenir and while I'm not sure this technically qualifies as art, it's on the wall so it's kind of the same! ;)

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  6. I reorganized mine too. I had to choose my favorite age group medals because I had too many. I'm still full but have to eventually get rid of all my AG ones to make room for more half marathon medals.

    Your display looks great!

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    1. That just means you are a kick a$$ runner!! :) I kept all of my age group awards up, but I don't have very many. It was kind of a fun process to weed out the medals from races I didn't really like or ones that weren't as special as others.

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  7. That looks great! I love your little shelves. I also like that you have a separate display for the Dopey medals.

    I have my Ragnar medal and my NYC Marathon medal on my mantle but all of my other medals are hanging on a free standing coat rack. It doesn't take up too much room, and so far, I've managed to get all of my medals on it. It's getting a little full top heavy and I'm afraid it's going to fall over. ;)

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    1. Girl you need to tether that thing to a wall! :) I always love hearing how other runners display their medals.

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  8. I have all my medals hanging from a single nail on the wall. I don't think I can hang many more on there... In need of a medal display ASAP.

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  9. Right now all my medals are in a box :-( The only ones on display are my three goofy ones and the first race I ever did. They are displayed proudly in my living room.

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    1. The Goofy ones are awesome though - I love my challenge medals because they're unique and commemorate a big accomplishment! :)

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  10. What an awesome display! I have three medal hangers hanging on the wall in our bedroom lol! They are not as pretty arranged as yours!

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    1. 3 medal hangers?! It doesn't totally surprise me but I would love to see your medal collection someday. :)

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  11. Your displays look really nice!
    A few years back when mine got to be too much and too junky looking, I boxed up anything not marathon finisher or first place related, there is just a point I decided that too much is too much. I think going forward any medals given to me for shorter distances I am just going to donate to those special olympic/special needs type causes. I figure the smiles those kids will get with a medal beat any I will have, especially if I am just going to store it in a box, LOL

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    1. Girl that just means you are a super duper runner if you're making those decisions! ;) I'm not sure that I'll ever run enough marathons to have a whole rack full of marathon medals. I'm ok with some half marathon, 10k and 5k medals mixed in there.

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  12. You have quite the amazing collection! My race medals increases exponentially this year, especially with the Dopey Challenge Medals. I don't know that I could ever decide which ones to display and which to put away! Kudos to you!

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    1. It definitely wasn't easy but there were plenty of races that were just "eh" to me so that helped make my decision.

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  13. I love it, Pam!! Your new display looks great! :D

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    1. Thanks Karen! But this is actually Christine's display ;)

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  14. I really like the new display! It looks great but it's got to have been tough to winnow down the medals.

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    1. It was definitely a bit of a challenge and it also made me realize that I used to do tons of races!! I've definitely cut back on racing a bit and will probably be more choosy in the future.

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  15. I love the idea of just displaying your favorites. Having a separate display for Dopey is perfect since that was such an incredible accomplishment all on its own. We currently have all of our medals on display in our office, but I foresee having to pick and choose which ones to have out in the near future. Our display wall is becoming a bit cluttered.

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    1. I bet you guys have a hefty haul of medals! You've both done tons of races and have a lot to be proud of with your racing accomplishments. I don't know that Adam will ever hang his...for a while his medals were on my rack but I finally told him he had to take them back since I wanted mine to be organized :)

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  16. Love your nook! I have a bib/medal holder that I love but probably need another one. The bibs are out of control and I've realized that most of them will have go in a box - there are WAY too many for the holder! :)

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  17. Wow, love love love the display and area!! I have a medal hanger but would love to make it into an "office" area such as yours. If I get into grad school I will be needing one of those. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. It looks great! I sadly haven't hung my medals since we moved (a year ago!), maybe we will do that this weekend! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  19. It looks great! I sadly haven't hung my medals since we moved (a year ago!), maybe we will do that this weekend! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  20. This looks great! I don't know how you were able to narrow your medals down to only 25! Each race holds such a special memory. I know how hard that must have been. Glad to see you treasure your Summer Sanders photo!

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  21. It looks fantastic!! The amount you have is overwhelming :)

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