Do you race a lot? If you do, chances are you've acquired a lot of STUFF. At a typical medium to large size race you can expect to walk away with the following items......
A race day program (larger races like Disney, Rock n Roll, Boston, etc)
A Race bib
A drawstring backpack or tote bag (and any additional swag)
Tech shirt or t-shirt
Heat blanket (during cold races)
And of course the main event is the Medal
What all is necessary to keep to commemorate your race? Well, I suppose that is different for each runner.
I started to collect the race programs but now I'm not so sure why. Perhaps it was to use the images in a scrapbook that I never made nor will ever make, or perhaps it was to have a map of the course. Who knows. I don't know if I kept the race program from my last marathon or not. I'll have to go check.
I always keep my race bibs as this is very important to me. Again, I don't know why. Maybe I have some great project I think I might do with them. I usually write my time on the back and then the date (if its not already on the front). I keep mine pressed flat in a scrapbook. They are not displayed, just pressed in the book for safe keeping. Lacey keeps some of hers in her Bib Folio from Gone For A Run. Somebody should ask her if she knows where the rest of her bibs are. I dare you!
* Also, I keep all the safety pins that come with the bibs. They come in handy when I display my medals.
I have a lot of drawstring bags from races. I usually stuff Baylee's things in them when we go out. Its always nice to have an extra little tote bag around (especially something that you don't care if it gets dirty or not).
I've actually gotten very few water bottles at races I've attended. Lacey's has ran more races where those were given out. Water bottles are not a big deal for me and honestly I couldn't even tell you where the two or three race bottles I have even are. I'm more of a fan of my Blender Bottle.
I love getting a new race shirt but lately I've been wearing them less and less. Perhaps because it's so stinking hot that the only thing you can go out in lately is a tank top. I haven't ran in any of my race shirts in a very long time but I do enjoy having them and I would have a hard time parting with any one of them. Perhaps one day I will do a quilt.
If you get massages or visit the medical tent after the race, then chances are you will walk away with a mylar blanket. Some races will automatically hand them out at the end if it is cold, like they did at RnR Vegas. We never kept these as we didn't see the point. However, after it being so darn cold during last years Goofy Challenge we decided to hang on to our blankets and carry them to the start of the next race with us. We brought home our extra ones for safe keeping and they will travel with us to our next cool weather race just in case.
And of course, the medals. You all know that I enjoy displaying mine.
Oh, and one other thing that I enjoy displaying from my races are the race certificates. So far I've only seen them become available for Disney and Rock n Roll races. My sister has one from Boston and when I ran Wicked a few years ago there was a spot on their website to print one off but I could never get it to come up.