Why I keep homemade race signs

By , August 9, 2014 12:03 pm

The three things I hold on to from races:

1. Medals (derrrrr)


2. Bibs


3. Spectator posters!


Clockwise from top left: Chicago 2010 sign by Steven, Wisconsin 2009 sign by Mom, Naperville 2013 sign by Kelly, Naperville 2013 sign by Bobbi, RAGBRAI 2014 sign by Mom, RAGBRAI 2014 sign by Mom, Naperville 2013 sign by Bobbi, Naperville 2013 sign by Mom. 

I like to think I am good at purging things and don’t hold on to too much sentimental schtuff, but a quick glance around my closet (where I keep most of these things) and you’d see that’s not 100% true. 

At least the medals and bibs are nice and organized and in a designated spot. The homemade race posters, well, not so much. A few pinned up in my closet, one in Data’s room, two on the dining room table (ha ha), one floating around the office (funny thing – it’s the one with two gray cats on top, and Data keeps attacking those cats!)… they’re just not as easy to store. 

But I can’t imagine getting rid of them. At least until we move or something, hee hee. 

I know what a pita it is to make a race poster. And dayum, people have made me some nice ones! It’s such a thoughtful gesture to take the time to make a poster specifically for someone (and to go spectate for them, as well) and I really appreciate it! I look at them, and I feel loved. So it’s kind of nice to have them all over the house. Right… right?!

Funny thing – when my mom came to spectate our first half marathon, she didn’t know about making spectator signs. So I was like, “Are you going to make me one?” And gave her supplies to do it. Ha ha ha, I am awful, right?!

But now she does it on her own, and she comes up with such clever stuff! I love it!

Do you keep the race posters that your spectators make for you?

I don’t generally keep the posters if the race gave an official one. And I had no problem ditching the ones I made for Christina and Will’s wedding!

21 Responses to “Why I keep homemade race signs”

  1. bobbi says:

    I love this so much. I do have some signs, but not all of them.

    That new medal rack is all kinds of awesome!

    I’m surprised Christina didn’t want to keep your signs! But I’m sure they are in a zillion pictures 🙂

    • kilax says:

      Did you toss some out?

      Hmm. I think I told her I was throwing them away but taking pictures, and she was probably cool with that 🙂

  2. LOVE the t-Rex medal holder!!

  3. Aww, I have only had one person EVER make me a homemade sign. If they went to the trouble to do it, I would definitely keep it, and laminate it or something for the running room or the Mo Cave. My goal in life is to find someone to make a giant head of me on a stick for the Chicago Marathon, haha.

  4. Pam says:

    I looooooove your medal hanger!!!!

  5. jan says:

    I don’t keep any of those things that you just mentioned! Kinda wish I did though. At our small races in this area, people don’t normally make signs, so I don’t have any of those!

  6. Chaitali says:

    I love your medal hanger! I haven’t sent that one before. And it’s great that you save the spectator signs, especially because it looks like a lot of work was put into them.

  7. Maggie says:

    Data’s room? Can we get a tour?

    • kilax says:

      Ha ha. It’s just the laundry room, which is where we keep his stuff and subsequently call it “Data’s room.”

      • Maggie says:

        At our last place, our second bedroom was tiny and became a storage room. It was also where we kept Olive’s litter box, and would keep her contained if someone with cat allergies came over. We sometimes referred to it as “Olive’s room” 🙂

  8. Jillian says:

    I WISH I had organized my bibs. I have them all paper clipped together but should really do something like that soon!

  9. Tiina says:

    I am all about keeping my race signs! They are hilarious and good memories!

  10. Aw, your posters are awesome! I haven’t had anyone make me a race poster (hubby is slacking!) so I don’t have a collection of those, but I do keep all of my medals and bibs. My bibs are just in a Ziploc bag and are not as nicely organized as yours. 🙂

  11. martymankins says:

    Love that Data and Grumpy Cat are cheering you on, via homemade poster.

  12. Di says:

    Love those signs!

  13. Mica says:

    I don’t know if anyone has made me a race poster (maybe you and Steven did for Chicago 2009?), but I’ve never kept any. I think I would though–at least for awhile–because like you said, it’s a lot of work to make one!

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