Race Medal Sneak Peak

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I am running the Hilton Head Island Marathon in nine days.  As the photo above was posted today on Facebook, it made me wonder.  Do you like to know in advance what a race medal looks like before you actually run the race?  Some people may view it as a great motivator to get to the finish line.  Others may want to be surprised at the finish line.

I have run races knowing and not knowing what the medal looked like.  I can’t decide which I like more.  Seeing this medal today has gotten me more excited, for sure.  I think the medal looks great.  It has multiple colors, and runners.  It shows the bridge, which will play a big role at the event, as marathon runners have to traverse it twice.  The medal also shows the iconic red and white lighthouse located in Harbortown.

At this point I am not sure if this medal will be presented to both the marathon and half marathon participants, or not.  Maybe it will be awarded to those running the 5k, as well.  Time will tell.  Are you a fan of separate medals for different race distances at the same event, or does it not matter to you?  Some races don’t differentiate, and others do.  Some races give different shirts.  I know that 5k participants are getting long sleeve cotton shirts at this race, and the half and full runners will get tech shirts.

So, what do you think?  Should race awards be different in some way based on race distance?  Please share your thoughts.