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4 Cool Ways to Display Your Race Medals

jdolph_artWhat to do with all those race finisher medals?

Well, here are four cool ways to showcase your bling and one neat way to have your medal make a difference in someone else’s life.

1. Display Racks – These are made to order and offer some of the nicest looking, well-built medal display racks that I have seen anywhere. Made in Midwest City, Oklahoma by Carl’s Plaques. There are many styles and colors you can choose from so that you get one fully customized for you. And they even offer engraving!

My favorite? The solid hardwood, hand rubbed walnut stain finish with picture frames for displaying my favorite race pictures, and pegs for hanging medals underneath.


They even have a 50 state medal display with a cut-out of the United States being a cork backing that can be used to display pictures, bibs or mementos from all of those out-of-state races. Every last detail was thought of and the pegs for hanging your medals even have each individual state on them! Great way to dress up your home and display all of your hard earned bling. (Photos: Courtesy and with permission from



2.  Low Cost Curtain Rod – Do you have a lot of medals that you’d like to display in a large grouping together inexpensively? A simple curtain rod will do the trick! It’s really as simple as that.

Lay out your medals to get an idea of how long you need your curtain rod to be. Pick out your curtain rod in the correct length, hang it with your medals on it and there ya go. Quick. Easy. Cheap! Especially good for hanging your quirky trail running “medals”. (Picture courtesy and with permission from MJ @


3.  Refrigerator Magnet – Race medal magnets for your refrigerator…why not? I got this idea from Jessica @

Buy some magnetic sheets that are adhesive on one side and magnet on the other. Craft supply places carry these. Remove the ribbon that was used to hang the medal around your neck. Attach the medal to the medal to the adhesive side of the magnetic sheet, using additional glue if needed. Hang proudly from your refrigerator or any metal surface! (Picture courtesy and with permission from Jessica @


Full instructions with pictures found here.

4.  Military Coin Case – A military coin display case makes a great display for race medals. You can remove the ribbon from the medal or fold and tuck the ribbon behind the medal.


 Share with Others – Medals 4 Mettle

Not into the race bling or just have too much of it collecting dust around your house?

Consider donating your race medals to Medals 4 Mettle, a charity whose mission is to provide an opportunity for endurance athletes and runners to pay it forward by enabling the gifting and awarding of earned medals to others who demonstrate similar mettle, or courage, as they face life’s challenges.

Simply fill out a donation form telling them a bit about yourself and where the medal is from and then mail it in without the ribbon (Your medal will be awarded to the new recipient with a clean brilliantly-colored Medals for Metal ribbon). They also accept medals earned by children that would like to donate them to other children.

– Julie Dolph

Do you have any cool or favorite methods of displaying race bling?

How about other creative uses of the hardware?

About the author

Julie Dolph Julie’s running journey began 13 years ago and has since learned so much about herself. She learned about personal strength and perseverance. Anything is possible! Three years after starting this trail running journey, Julie is proud to have finished a variety of distances up to 50 miles. For more information on Julie, check out the About page where you can visit her adventure blog.

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