MY INTERNET IS WORKING!!!!
I’m so happy to be back online. Ever since NanaSalt moved in and the internet was switched over, my access has been spotty at best. Well after some well-placed words with the fine people at Comcast, it seems that things are back in working order.
Also…I have a confession to make and I don’t even care how stupid it makes me look…but honestly I had no idea that SWAG was an acronym until today. Enormous FAIL.
Anyway, race swag. I love it. I’ve run races with some pretty good swag. I’ve run races where I didn’t even get a tee shirt and I promise I’m not even the least bit still bitter about that. At all. I would never judge an event solely on what they give away, but it is nice to have a take-home that I will at least use again at some point. Especially with some races being a wee bit on the expensive side.
Here are my top 5 favorite races as far as the swag is concerned….
1. The Baltimore Running Festival
Highlight: Consistently badass finisher medals.
I LOVE me a good medal. For the past two years I’ve run the Baltimore Half and they certainly do not disappoint in that department. Bonus for last year’s medal? The claw can double as a bottle opener.
A corkscrew would be more useful to me, but whatever.
The shirts they give out for the event are very nice too; Under Armour Heat Gear long sleeved tech tees. I wear mine regularly when it’s not 100+ degrees outside.
2. Sole of the City 10K
Hightlight: This rockin’ UA jacket.
I can only speak for the premium in 2014 because I did not do this race last year, but this Under Armour jacket is probably my favorite item of clothing I have ever received from a race. Ever.
When they first handed it to me I was a little bummed because it was April and I thought that I wouldn’t have a lot of time to enjoy wearing anything that felt so warm. Well surprise…it stayed freezing until like June. Basically I’ve worn this a lot, both while running and just otherwise. Bonus…thumbholes. I love thumbholes.
3. The B3 Race Series
Hightlight: The world’s best gym bag.
Last year I participated in Charm City Run’s B3 Race Series which consisted of three races: the St. Patrick’s Day 5K, Sole of the City 10K, and the Charles Street 12. The premium for running these? A bag so ginormous that when they handed it to me I immediately assumed that it would end up in the back of my closet because when would I ever need a backpack that huge?
Answer? ALL THE FREAKING TIME.
This bag is my gym bag now. It has about a million pockets, holds all the random crap I carry around with me on a daily basis and basically I don’t know what I’d do without it.
4. The New Jersey Marathon
Highlight: Big Jersey bling.
I was kind of expecting whatever medal they gave me in Jersey to be a little over the top and the marathon finisher medal this year was pretty huge. It’s easily the biggest medal on my rack. And it’s the only one that spins. Betty is pretty obsessed with it. Thanks for not disappointing me, New Jersey.
Downside to this race? The shirt was terrible. The material was great, but if I’ve just run a marathon I prefer my shirt to announce in big huge letters somewhere that I’ve just run a marathon. If you squint at this one there is a little line that says something about “marathon & half” blah blah blah. Whatever. I ended up purchasing a second shirt that would make it a lot easier for me to brag without saying any actual words.
5. The Color Run
Highlight: Headbands, temp tattoos, a shirt, color packets, and for Shine tour there was a super cute finisher medal.
I know a lot of people aren’t into themey kinds of runs, but overall The Color Run really does give you the biggest bang for your buck as far as race swag is concerned.
I also would like to mention here that they are coming back yet again to Baltimore on September 5th at 7:30pm with their very first NIGHT RUN and I’m an Ambassador for the third time!
If you want to join me I have a discount code yet again (BALTIMORE3) and I also started a team that is aptly named “BAD DYE JOB” if you’ve seen my roots lately. I hope to see some of you there!
And that about does it. As I said earlier I’m busy making my list of races for the fall and I’m excited to see what kind of cool stuff I’ll get to take home.
I hope all of you have had a wonderful week and a fun weekend planned ahead! I’ve missed you guys!