Saturday, October 8, 2016

Lindsay Loves BibFOLIOS!

I fully admit that I can be a bit overly nostalgic about souvenirs, but I have been hanging onto my race bibs for pretty much as long as I have been running.  For years, they sat in a pile - I didn't know what to do with them, but I certainly couldn't just throw them in the trash.  I was proud of them and thought there had to be a better way.  I discovered BibFOLIOS from Gone For A Run a number of years ago and I absolutely adore them.  For anyone who doesn't know this site, they offer great things for runners (fun place to go present shopping for the runner in your life) and they have even gotten into the virtual race game.
Remember those old photo albums that held a bunch of pictures that you could flip like a Rolodex?  This is a similar principle, but for your race bibs!  They have really great designs - everything from the standard album I have (above) to wall displays to albums that can be personalized with photos to bamboo albums to dry erase albums (to record your PRs on the cover for example).  Prices can range - most of the standard albums are about $40 and can go up to about $65 for the wall albums.
When you order one, they send you two of these vinyl sleeves that you can put your bibs in (I put two in each and "double side" my sleeves).  Although it's extra (a set of 12 sleeves costs about $8), I would highly recommend you get a bunch more because you're going to want them.  Bibs are all different sizes with holes in different places, so unless you want to punch a bunch of holes in your bibs, you'll be much happier with the sleeves.  Along with the sleeves, there are other accessories including extender rings (standard rings will hold about 50 sleeves), a metal stand, and an inserts for your race stats and/or reviews.
Album on the left is sitting on the optional stand.
I did buy the stand (costs about $8) and rather than buy the extender rings, which would have made my BibFOLIO album too large for said stand, I just bought a second album!  I have also purchased several of these as gifts and I can tell you that they are a home run.  Apparently I'm not the only one who keeps their race bibs!  Full disclosure, I was not asked to write this post by Gone for a Run or compensated for it in any way.  All views are my own and based on my personal experience with these products, which I think are wonderful.  So check them out at www.goneforarun.com.

Do you hang onto your race bibs?
Any other race memorabilia you keep?

10 comments:

  1. I'm embarrassed to tell you that all my bibs are in a file folder in my desk. I write the race stats on the back. But I don't really have any kind of formal system.

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    1. Hey, there is a method for everyone, but that file folder is probably getting pretty thick. I should really do a better job of tracking my stats.

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  2. Lindsay, I love these so much. This system is an excellent way to keep track of your races and a good walk down memory lane when you look back and see what you have done. I try to keep them in order for that reason. Like Wendy, I write all the important details of the race on the back (finishing time, race conditions, how I felt that day) as a further reminder of where I have been and where I am going!! I double up on each sleeve but am about to use them all up. So time to order another one. Thanks for the reminder!!

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    1. I'm going to have to start doing what both of you do and write my stats and other information on the back of my bibs. Good luck tomorrow during the Chicago Marathon - that will be such a fun bib to add to your BIBFolio!!

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  3. Very cool idea! I didn't originally save my bibs but somewhere along the line I started. I have a bunch (too many) on a wall holder. It's kind of a mess.

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    1. When you've been doing this as long as you have, I'm sure you have a ton! They sure accumulate quickly, but I love looking back at them. Seriously hoping this doesn't make me a hoarder :)

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  4. This looks like a great way to keep all of your bibs! I have a medal hanger that also has a place to store bibs, but I still havent hung it up (Ive had it for almost 2 years). One of these days I will get around to it!

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    1. I have so many things in my house that I need to hang up - totally understand. It would for sure be a fun project though getting to hang up all your medals and bibs!

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  5. What a great idea, this is going on my Christmas gift list right away! I have mine shoved in a huge box of things to scrapbook ... when I start scrapbooking ... which will be never. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. This makes such a great Christmas present - so many choices! I've thought about scrapbooking a bunch of times, but never do anything about it. This is a much faster project :)

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