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Not Sure What To Do With Your Flashy Finisher’s Medal?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 24, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM UTC
John Crowley, coordinator of the North Georgia chapter of Medals4Mettle holds some donated medals. Photo: Rome Tribune

Donate it.

John Crowley, coordinator of the North Georgia chapter of Medals4Mettle holds some donated medals. Photo: Rome Tribune

For some, the finisher’s medal draped around the neck at the end of a long, hard race is an especially poignant moment. For others, the tradition is an exercise in waste. Many runners don’t know what to do with these things–which can oftentimes weigh as much as a pound.

If you find yourself in the latter group, here’s a solution for your unwanted finisher medal: donate it.

Medals4Mettle is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of these medals.

What do they do with them?

A network of physicians and volunteers take your medal, attach a new ribbon to it, and award it to children and adults who are fighting a debilitating disease and are not capable of completing a running race.

They are competing in their own contest–a struggle just to live.

Medals4Mettle was started by Dr. Steven Isenberg. After completing the 2003 Chicago Marathon, he visited a colleague was was hospitalized. His friend suffered from prostate cancer.

“I want you to have this,” Dr. Isenberg said. “You are running a much more difficult marathon than the one I completed.”

For More: Rome News Tribune

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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