So I was thinking about my first race back in 1981, a half marathon, and my last race, a marathon on 20 March 2010 and realized this is actually cool. There I was, running my first half marathon while still at school, 17 years old, and here I’m still doing it 29 years later, aged 46. Yes it is cool!
I had a look at some of my badges, medals, photos and other goodies I got for finishing races over the years and thought it would be nice to share some of that with you. Running photos of the eighties are a bit scarce (no digital cameras or even auto light meters), but I found these two.
Me finishing the Wally Hayward half marathon in 1982.
Running my first ultra (bib 1623). The 1985 Milo Korkie 56km. The runner cut off on the right with the black and gold/orange is my dad.
These were the times of badges. We didn’t get medals for finishing races, but badges. The cool thing to do was to sew them all to your tracksuit top and pants. I did the whole thing. Unfortunately I can’t find the pants. This is my old school tracksuit top with badges, front and back.
Special badges here are the one for my first race…
…my first full marathon…yes, no medal for my first marathon, but this badge…
…and the badge for my first ultra.
It was only during later years and the nineties that we started getting medals for basically every race. I still like the badges. Medals eventually end up in boxes somewhere. I have plenty and don’t really know how to display them all. I usually hang or place them around the house through a year and then put them in a box at the beginning of a new year and start the process again. I have four boxes with medals that contain many that are still sealed in the plastic bags I received them in.
Taking out the contents of a box looks like this. Multiply this by four and you’ll understand why I don’t display them all somewhere. Maybe one day I’ll find a proper solution to this problem.
Have a great weekend everyone! I'm running the Slow Mag Half Marathon on Sunday for another medal. :) What do you do with your medals and other goodies from races?