After you've run a marathon or another big race, you quickly learn that you have a very short "acceptable medal wearing" period. Yes, you should be proud of your accomplishment, but people may start to look at you funny if you continue to wear your medal about 24 hours after you've crossed the finish line. So once you've proudly worn your medal and taken lots of photos with it, you may be wondering, Now what do I do with this thing? Rather than stuffing your race hardware in a drawer or box, here are some ideas:
Create a shadow box display. If you don't want to pay a lot of money to get your medal, along with a race photo and bib, professionally mounted and framed, try doing it yourself. Just buy an inexpensive shadow box, fill it with your race memorabilia, hang it on your wall and you'll have a nice-looking reminder of your achievement.
Hang it up. If you have a collection of medals, show them off on one of these cool MedalART Wall Hangers. These metal, hand-sculpted hangers come in six different designs and can hold up to 24 medals. It's a perfect running gift for a runner on your list (or for your own wish list)!
Donate it. Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that collects marathon, half-marathon, and triathlon medals from runners around the world and distributes them to children and adults who have demonstrated courage by dealing with disease, handicaps or any similar challenge. The Indianapolis-based organization has a nationwide network of doctors and others who award the medals to deserving, courageous people who are running their own race. Check out Medals4Mettle's website if you're interested in donating a medal.
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