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Preserving Race Bibs

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Okay, never mind the fact that, a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what a racing bib was. (It’s the number that you wear when you run.) Now, I have two of them and I really didn’t just want to throw them away. Those bibs represent a long, hard road from obesity to fitness and the accomplishment of something I didn’t think I could do. No way are they just going in the trash.

Brian gave me a suggestion for what to do with them, passed along from a co-worker: frame them!

I loved the idea!

I didn’t want to just throw them in a frame, though, because I’m thinking that, in a few years, I’ll have a bunch of them and I want to remember the details. So, I made a mat to which to attach each of them. All of the mats will include the title of the race, the date, and my time.

For special ones, like my race last week when I came in third, I will include where I placed and my gender/age group (since, you know, one day it may be “overall”). I also placed my medal – since, really, it’s not feasible to wear it to church on Sundays – in the document frame with that race’s bib.

I was very pleased with the way they turned out:


I’ll let you guess which was my favorite. Okay, okay. Yes, it was this one:


I picked up inexpensive document frame at Wal-mart for $2-3, but you could probably find them even cheaper at a dollar store or even keep an eye out for them at yard sales. I plan on hanging them on the wall in my home gym. I thought they’d make great incentive when I’m running on the treadmill.

Do you run? What do you do with your race bibs?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. You mean you don't think it would compliment your favorite outfits? Thanks for the giggle at the thought of you wearing the medal to church. You have so much to be proud of!

  2. I think it would complement any outfit. I'm just thinking others might not agree. LOL j/k

  3. I LOVE this idea and when you started presenting it, I thought to myself, "I hope she hangs them in her gym!" Great idea! Mine are stuffed in a drawer! LOL (From bike rides)

  4. LOVE the idea don't have enough wall space I already have 6 bibs. No medals thankfully you get one by default for the 1/2's lol I will get 2 this summer

  5. I'm a HUGE fan of framing keepsakes! I can't stand keeping things in boxes. What's the point?! Go you! Show off those accomplishments! 🙂

  6. I just ran across this site, my son currently has 9 race bibs and will have 12 by the end of the year. I’ve been trying to figure out an economical way to preserve the bibs (and corresponding medals if he got one) instead of them just laying on his dresser.

    What a cute and cheap idea!! THANK YOU! 🙂

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