The Medal is Just Ginormous!

Every year race medals seem to just get bigger.

This is the Calgary Marathon 2008 – 2014 medals. Back in 2008 when I received it, I thought the medals were about the right size. But they have just been getting bigger. For the most recent one in 2014, it was so large and heavy you needed a back brace at the finish line if you wanted to wear it. And if you used it as a belt buckle as it was intended, it was so heavy you almost needed to add suspenders to take some load off the belt.

Rumor has it that the 2015 medals have decreased in size again to a more “normal?” size. That doesn’t mean it is any easier to finish the marathon.

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Following are the Vancouver marathon medals from 2006, 2010 and 2015. Again, notice the size increase. I was happy in 2006 when I got that one, but now it just looks puny.

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I’m glad I’m not on the medal design committee. Must be a tough job to outdo the previous year’s medals, and to standout from all the other medals from all the other races across the country.

Someone recently suggested that to outdo previous medals, pretty soon our medals might come in the form of copper breast plates.


I’m still proud to wear the smaller medals. I work just as hard to earn those ones.

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