AS YOU RUN RACES you have trained for this fall, oftentimes, waiting for you at the finish line will be some very cool MEDALS. Earning them is the reason many run.
What are the BENEFITS of the special hardware?
There’s another beneficial purpose these medals can serve, even years after you’ve clutched them in your hand, melting in heat or shivering in cold or wet conditions endured on race day.
You can donate medals you no longer have space or inclination to display. These simple ‘trophies’ may retain their value to you forever. Giving them to someone in need does not imply they no longer have worth. On the contrary, the gesture of presenting this symbol of your endurance and grit to someone else means you understand that their struggle and perseverance in illness or time of trouble deserves similar recognition. It’s a nod of the head to someone, acknowledging their personal ‘race’ in a competition that most would not choose to enter.
See the GENEROSITY page on how to donate medals through the organization Medals4Mettle.org
There's a previous Earned Runs BLOG post from May 18, 2015 that explains how you might do this privately too.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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