Active runners tend to accumulate lots of race medals, both for finishing and for finishing ahead of others. Among participants, these awards are commonly called bling. Race medals are usually made from molded or imprinted metal, bearing the event name and logo. Often, they are attached to ribbon sashes, so runners can wear them immediately after receiving them.
After race day, runners often hang their race bling medals on special wall racks, purchased at running stores or online. But these items can be costly. Lots of other folks come up with clever ways to display their race bling. Crafty runners might make ornate displays to show off their event hardware.
Consider these creative, but super-simple, ways to hang up running medals at home.
- Bulletin board – Use thumb tacks or the safety pins provided with race bibs to fasten race medals to a cork board. Pin up the race bibs too, if desired.
- Cup hooks – Screw several kitchen cup hooks to the bottom of a shelf or ledge, and hang the race bling by its ribbons to dangle and display.
- Curtain rod – Hang up a curtain rod with its brackets, either over a window or on a blank wall. Run the rod through the race medal ribbons to hang them up.
- Glass top box table – Find a coffee table with a glass-covered box top. Arrange the race ribbons inside it. Include the race bibs and award certificates, if desired.
- Holiday stocking mantle hooks – Pick out two or three solid and sturdy holiday stocking hangers. (Simple designs may be useful year-round.) Place these on the edge of the fireplace mantel or any ledge or shelf. Run a wooden dowel, metal pipe, or basic curtain rod between them to hang up the race medals.
- Key rack – Stick a multi-hook key rack on the wall, and hang up the race bling.
- Lamp shade – Drape race medals over a large lamp shade. This is an easy start for a beginning runner with just a few medals.
- Light strands – String up a few strands of holiday lights along the ceiling line of a room (like a garland). Use ornament hooks or opened paper clips to hang up the race awards.
- Over-the-door clothes hooks – This super-simple solution is great for a runner who is just starting to collect race medals.
- Pegged coat rack – A multi-pegged wall rack makes a nice running medal holder.
- Race photo frame – Runners who purchase and frame official race photos sometimes drape those events’ medals on the pictures.
- Shadow box – Sold in craft stores and specialty shops, these can be pricey, but they make lovely race medal displays.
- Standing coat tree – Grab this outerwear caddy, and re-appropriate it to display race bling. It makes a nice spot for retiring special lucky sneakers too.
- Tie rack – A multi-slotted necktie rack holds ribboned race medals quite tidily too.
Certainly, as a runner earns more race medals, the choices for displaying them change to accommodate the volume of awards. However one chooses to arrange the race bling, it’s certainly better than stashing those hard-earned running awards in a tangled heap in a dusty box on a closet shelf.