I've gotten some pretty awesome things at races, many of which I still use today. Here are just a few swag items that I love:
It's not so much that the medal looks all that amazing, it's the fact that every time I look at it, I am reminded that I am capable of doing things I never thought were possible.The NYC half was my one and only half marathon so far. I ran it after only being a runner for 10 months, and prior to that I could barely run for a minute straight.. So, this will likely always be my favorite and most sentimental swag. Unless I run a marathon some day....
This is awesome because... well... wine!
Not only did the Run the Vineyards 5k give out wine glasses as swag, it came filled with complementary wine at the finish! Can't beat that!
These little ankle bands from the Firefly Run 5k have actually come in handy when running at night... I usually run in the morning so I never thought to buy any type of neon or lighted running gear, but I found myself running at 10 pm one night and was glad I saved these. Yes, I did put on the little blinking lights and probably looked ridiculous. Did I care? nope!
The whole color run thing may have been a one and done for me, but I actually really love the women's t-shirt that Color Me Rad gave out. As a small 5'0 woman, I appreciate when shirts are given out as men's and women’s sizes versus unisex, and then sized appropriately. I still wear it around casually to this day.
5. Jets back to football 5k swag
This is another personal favorite because this is the race where I set my current 5k all time PR of 26:08. I had only been running for 4 months when I ran this race, but that was when running was still "new" and I was consistently out there increasing my mileage every week. To this day I haven't been able to beat that PR, but I'm hoping to get it done this fall!
What is your favorite race swag? Have you gotten anything weird? Leave a comment and let me know!