My favourite running medals of 2012
As 2012 comes to an end (and as I’ve hung my running medals on my Christmas tree), it’s a time to reflect on the races from the past year, and more importantly, to re-admire the bling that’s been accumulated. So for 2012, here are some of my favourite medals that I’ve either enjoyed earning or just simply enjoy looking at.
ING Miami Marathon – 10th year anniversary spinning medal
In January I enjoyed being “Miami Famous” and ran the half-marathon course at the ING Miami Marathon. It was the 10th anniversary of the run as you can tell by the medal’s design. The circular blue area in the “0” spins which is a hallmark of the Miami Marathon medal.
NYC Half – a new PR!
Despite its full-marathon big brother, I believe the NYC Half is the best way to run through New York – what can beat a loop through Central Park, passing through Times Square, cruising down the West Side Highway and then finishing with a festival at the South Street Seaport? On top of that I was aiming to finally break 1:40 and finished with a 1:34 half marathon personal record.
Around the Bay in 30K
The Around the Bay race is the oldest road race in North America having preceded the Boston Marathon by three years. This race featured many spectators with residents providing oranges and bacon, a killer hill in the finishing half, the grim reaper cheering you on and a run into a finish in a stadium full of supporters. It is a race steeped in tradition and has a beautiful, detailed and colourful medal to match its tenure.
The Toronto Goodlife Marathon – a big medal for my biggest run
This Toronto Goodlife Marathon medal is the largest one I have ever earned from a race and I had to run my first full-marathon to earn it. This medal is large enough to act as a trivet for a pot (not that I would ever consider doing that) and I can only wear it for short periods of time before my head starts drooping. I love the fact that this medal is so large that it can’t be ignored.
Toronto Yonge Street 10K – One of the fastest courses in Toronto
I just love the detail in this medal as it mimics the street sign designs that we see on some of the older streets in Toronto. The Toronto Yonge Street 10K is extremely well organized and is just the right size to allow runners enough room to run fast. For me, this was the 10K race that I was able to run it under my age as I was almost 41 years old and able to finish this race with a 40:19 PR. The slight downhill course makes this run one of the fastest in the Toronto area.
The Midsummers Night’s Run – an enchanting 30K
A Midsummer Night’s Run is a 15 or 30K race held in August as a preparatory race for a fall half- or full-marathon. It is held in the cool of the evening and features many runners dressed as faeries and angels and whatever else you would expect to find in an enchanted forest. One of the most beautiful things from this race, however, is the stunning medal design which is my true favourite medal design of this year.
The Oasis Montreal Marathon – an all inclusive running event
I had a blast running the half marathon course at the Oasis Montreal Marathon. There was a kids run, 5K, 10K, half- and full-marathon simultaneously run on the course which made for a big festive party at the end as runners of all ages and abilities joined together at the end. This medal features the Jacques Cartier bridge which serves as the start for the half-and full-marathon.
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – running for a great cause
The full marathon medal for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon features a beautiful engraving of one of Toronto’s classic tall ships, the Empire Sandy. This medal also serves to remind me of the opportunity to run for my first race as a charity participant and I was part of a team which was able to raise over $20,000 in support of developing youth leaders.
What’s the next medal?
Well, my next year will start off with a big run as I will be heading down to Disney to run the full marathon and even more crazily, run the half marathon the day before – in other words, I’m going to go Goofy! I’m looking forward to being able to collect three medals in one weekend
Always looking forward to the next shiny object,
Related blog articles:
- My Christmas Medal Tree
- Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon: Race Review and Report
- Race Report: Bravo Montreal Rock ‘n Roll Marathon! Bravo!
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December 2nd, 2012
Tags: A Midsummer Night's Run, Around the Bay, bling, ING Miami Marathon, medals, NYC Half Marathon, Oasis Montreal Marathon, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Toronto Goodlife Marathon, Toronto Yonge Street 10K