Saturday, November 12, 2016

My 5 Favorite NYC Marathon Souvenirs

Happy Friday!  It's that time again - time for the Friday 5!  I'm still reveling in the TCS New York City Marathon, so this post is dedicated to my 5 favorite souvenirs (and despite my reputation, I promise that none of these are the medal ... but that IS pretty awesome).  I really like to have mementos of my adventures, travels, races, but I was seriously on the hunt for this epic race.

1. The Jacket.  For a marathon, I feel like this is pretty essential.  I can't help it.  They could slap just about any price on it and I would still buy it.  I do have to say I love this one - the materials, the fit, the color options (I chose the white/gray one).
2. Bar ware.  I've run a few races that have had pint glasses and I always have to buy them.  I use these as water glasses at home and every time I use them, I think about the race and the experience.  I also had to pick up a wine glass.  I thought this one was pretty unique and super cute (especially that apple-shaped word cloud).  I had to have this!
3. Autographed book.  As part of the Marathon Tours group, we got a signed copy of "Marathon Woman" when we went to the pre-race dinner (where Kathrine Switzer was a speaker).  Her story is pretty incredible and inspiring, so I'm pretty excited to have this.
4. Finisher shirt.  I LOVE cotton shirts.  I know this probably makes me the odd woman out, but I do.  I especially love a long sleeved shirt, so I snapped this one up.  I have to say they fit small though so I sized up.
This is the back.
5. The post-race poncho.  I have no idea what I'm ever going to do with this (a number of people had previous years' ponchos as throw-away layers), but I thought it was so cool!  Maybe not the most useful (no arm holes), but pretty warm and solidly made.  The inside has a soft/fuzzy layer.
Back of the poncho, front closes with velcro.
Thanks to the Friday Five 2.0 hosts - check them out!  Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.
What are your favorite race souvenirs?
What is the most unique finisher's souvenir you have received?

10 comments:

  1. Cool stuff! I wanted to get a glass and jacket from the wine n dine half last weekend. Unfortunately the only glasses they had were wine glasses (obviously) but I thought I could just get a regular glass like I did during marathon weekend. And I did not like the jackets this year. They looked like race car jackets...lol

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    1. Haha makes sense on the wine glasses at the W&D, but bummer they didn't also have normal glasses (could be used as really big wine glasses???). Too bad about the jackets as well! Those tend to be either hit or miss. At least you saved a little money - don't want to think about just how much I spent last weekend! :)

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  2. I actually love race medals. I keep them at my desk at work to remind me that I can do hard things.

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    1. Oh I am with you there! I have to admit that I often "run for the medals" and display them because they do remind me of what I'm capable of!

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  3. I love the jacket, but I do love the long sleeve cotton t-shirts. I don't wear performance gear all the time!

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! And you make a good point - we can't live only in technical clothing :)

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  4. It escapes me now why I did not get a NYCM jacket. Now I regret it. I do have the pint glass and the cotton tee, which I love, oh and a 1/2 zip. I adore my poncho although I've only worn it once since race day. On a very wet Halloween out with the kids. :)

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    1. That is a genius idea for how to use the poncho! And here I was going to just put it in a drawer :) The jackets are great, but expensive so I get how people could pass them up, but I don't think I've ever regretted my souvenir purchases ... I may have a problem :)

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  5. You deserve every one of these! I love the design on the t-shirt too. And ponchos can be very versatile for hiking (slip over your backpack too).

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    1. Aw thank you! I liked so many of the designs, it was difficult to choose. And thank you for another great idea for using the poncho! Now I need to start hiking :)

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