4 Types of Running Races That Award Medals

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Running Events Promote A Healthy Competition

A sporting event like a road race is a huge undertaking for both the organizers and the participants. For runners, it’s important to reward the hours spent preparing, the miles spent training and the sweat and determination that helped them reach race day. For organizers, bringing together a large and diverse group and promoting healthy competition is a true challenge. A beautiful way to reward both groups’ efforts is by with a custom race medal that they’ll look back on with fond memories.

There are many different types of races out there—from ultramarathons to a charity 5K, no race is too big or too small. No matter what type of race you’re hosting, a custom-designed running medal is always the perfect way to recognize participants’ and finishers’ achievement. It’s an item they will cherish for years and a memento they will hold near and dear to their hearts. Though any race is suitable for a medal, we’ve rounded up four different races that are the perfect place to hand out your customized designs.

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One Million Marathon Finishers Receiving Medals

Marathons are universally accepted as one of the most challenging athletic pursuits. With historic roots in ancient Greece, marathons have been 26.2 miles long since 1908 when the official distance was defined by the IAAF. Iconic marathons in cities around the world, like Boston and London, draw some of the world’s most elite runners to compete, along with those running for charities or as their own personal challenge.

In 2018 alone, there were over one million marathon finishers around the world and nearly 500,000 finishers in the United States alone. Between 2008 and 2018, the popularity of marathons increased by half, indicating that more and more people are challenging themselves to this 26.2-mile run. What better way to reward both winners and participants for their dedication and determination than with a medal?

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Half Marathons - a 13.1 Mile Run

Half marathons are exactly half the distance of a full marathon at 13.1 miles. Since the early 2000s, the popularity of half marathons has been booming, thanks to the less intimidating distance compared to a full marathon. In 2008, half marathons were even the fastest-growing running competition.

Since then, the prevalence of half marathons has held steady, with cities like Boston, Pittsburgh, and many others holding their half marathons on the same day as their famed 26.2-mile marathons. Though the distance is less, the extensive training required to run 13.1 miles and the time committed over the months leading up to the event deserve to be recognized.

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Triathlons Use Custom Medals

Triathlons are a unique athletic challenge. Combining running, swimming, and biking, A full-length triathlon challenges participants to a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride, and a 10-kilometer run. Invented in the 1970s in California, triathlons were officially added to the Olympic games in 2000.

Though the distances for amateur events begin at only a fraction of the official Olympic distance, triathlons are challenging regardless. Because the race forces participants to train for three completely different legs, it is a uniquely difficult race. Unlike a marathon or half marathon that is strictly focused on running, tri-athletes must diversify their workouts and learn to push their bodies to the limit in a totally different way. One of the best ways to honor their efforts and commemorate their success is with a custom medal.

5K Races - a 3.1 Mile Run

5K races are five kilometers long, which is equivalent to roughly 3.1 miles. This race is the shortest road race, making it one of the best options for beginners or those who don’t have a lot of time to train. Because it is the shortest distance, that means that the 5K is also one of the most popular races.

Often held in tandem with a longer race like a half-marathon, or in support of a charity organization, 5Ks are wonderful fundraising events and are the perfect opportunity to bring together people of all ages and fitness levels. Reward every runner or walker with a race medal created especially for our event so they can be proud of their participation.

Let Us Create a Medal Design For You

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With over 30 years of experience in the personalized product industry, the Monterey Company is no stranger to creating custom designs. Choose a design for the award itself and also choose every design detail like the finishes and ribbon or enamel colors. Our team will work with you each step of the way to bring your design to life and to ensure it perfectly represents your event. Your final design will be exactly what you imagined, and it’s guaranteed that the runners and finishers will cherish it for years to come. If you would like to find a list of marathons take a look at the Association of International Marathons.