Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Favourites - race medals

For anyone out there who is a runner you know that with completing races comes finisher medals. I have yet to run a race where I didn't get a medal at the end. I mean I enjoy them and all but honestly what is the point of them? For someone who runs a few races a year for say twenty or thirty years that would be sixty or more medals. What on earth are you supposed to do with all these things??? Well I have one answer and the idea comes from my friend Cecilia, but the successful completion comes from me!
We turned them into fridge magnets! I don't know if I've ever mentioned it but my husband is obsessed with magnets. (Seriously I'm married to a 10 year old in a 30 year old's body!) So we have all these random industrial strength magnets in our house in every possible shape, size and strength. So I grabbed a hold of two of the long, rectangular, narrow ones and a tub of my mom's nail be gone glue and since one was porous (which is required for the glue to hold) and the other had carvings on the back (so we could use that for the porous part) we gave it a shot and they turned out great.

The magnets we used came from a local place that sells strong magnets. I picked them up from them and they are a good price for how powerful they are. The place is called Indigo Instruments and if you're curious the magnet I used is the 50mm x 5mm x 2.5mm, but I think I'll use two smaller ones in the future on such large medals. Maybe two of the 25mm x 10mm x 2.5mm would work. Thanks to the super strength of the magnets they can hold a lot of stuff up. I had $200 in twenties on my fridge to deposit in the bank, and these babies could hold all of it up including the random papers below it. The magnet I used cost about $2.50 plus tax (no delivery fee since we are in the same town) which is cheap for making a medal into a magnet you can keep forever.

So while I still have no idea what I'll be using every medal I ever get for, unless Lillian wants them all for her dress up box, I can at least say I know what I'm doing with the first medal I get from any race I run. I figure one of each race is enough and lucky for us, we have a full fridge and stand up freezer, so we have lots of room to put them all on.

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