Like some runners, I started saving my bib numbers and race shirts after every 5k, marathon, etc. I don’t really know why I’ve been doing this, but it’s been a consistent habit for about 8 years. I’m also trying to keep myself minimal, which makes the silly practice counterproductive. Well, time to cut it out.
Two years ago, I started scanning my bib numbers and saving them into Dropbox. This is perfect as I still have a reference of what races I’ve done, yet can keep my physical space clean. It’s also handy to have the option of looking up my race bibs anywhere in the world with the Dropbox app. So, if a friend questions my Des Moines Marathon from 2008, I can prove it! I have also been fairly diligent in recording my finishing times over the years.
Shirts though, they are harder to part with. The pretty ones (few and far between) I will wear out in public. The rest ended up in boxes on the top shelf, buried in the back of the closet. Maybe I’ll make one of those t-shirt quilts, I’d tell myself. But really, I’d never use the quilt and it’d go back up in the same spot in the back of the closet. On top that, technical/moisture wicking shirts are probably not the best for blankets. So, out they went to Goodwill this weekend. In total, I dropped off four large garbage bags. I have a feeling some of those won’t make the Goodwill rack and will get thrown into a dumpster (cough, cough Fools 5K).
To help cure myself of runner’s hoarding, I decided to capture one of my favorite races by taking a picture of the shirt. Below are shirts from the Marion Arts Festival from 2006-2014 (minus 2010). On a personal note, I convinced Michelle to run the race in 2007. This was before we were married and just starting to casual date. She showed up before the start but didn’t realize there was an entry free! Thankfully, she stayed and paid the $20. And as they say, the rest is history…