Looking for ideas for alternatives to race medals and buckles. A good friend runs a number of trail/ultra events and we’re trying to think of alternatives to the above. Both of us don’t really care for them personally. All my medals hang pointelssly in the shed, my 100 mile buckles are in a box somewhere. But from feedback we get at the events, they’re very important to a lot of people.
These events are 50km to 100+ miles, so we’er not talking local charity style 5kms or anything. So i guess that makes the desire for people to have something to show for it that much stronger. I think (some) people also tend to expect bigger, chunkier, flashier etc medals. Buckles seem to be the in thing for 100 milers.
What are your thoughts? probably a bit of a slim demographic here again, as i guess most are in the camp of hording scores of the things somewhere.
Has anyone come across anything a little more unique or interesting. We’re not fussed on the little wooden ‘cookie cutter’ discs, but would be open to a more ‘eco’ solution.
What do you RD types do for your races? Any other thoughts would be more than welcome.