Every so often I get to thinking that I should display more of the medals that I have accrued over the years somewhere in my home. For how much time I spend putting in my miles every week, and for all of the weekend races I pace or run, my house is surprisingly void of any indication that I am a passionate distance runner. My current medal display is in my bedroom closet and looks like this.

my race medals pile

I currently only display one of my medals because it came from “The Race”, the Super Bowl of running events for all of us weekend warriors out there that will never run in the Olympic Games, The Boston Marathon. This shadow box currently sits atop the armoire next to my bed (please forgive the sub par photo. I’m definitely not a photographer).

boston shadow box2

I don’t know if I want to display all of my medals, or just the ones that have special significance to me, like the medal from my first marathon or the medal from the race when I ran my Boston qualifying time. The only thing I know for certain is that I need some help finding a good way to display more of my medals in my home. I need all you runners and triathletes out there to help me make a decision. Really, I am looking for suggestions from anyone who accumulates medals while pursuing their athletic endeavors. How do you display your race medals?

Before you get to leaving your suggestions, I’ve taken the liberty of putting some examples of hangers I am not particularly drawn to below…

Runner decal


I’ve never been the biggest fan of hangers that have huge cut out lettering on the top of them. The words are usually quite obvious and don’t need to be there.

medal christmas tree

Although I do think the Christmas tree above is awesome, this only solves my current lack of medal display problem for a few weeks a year. If any of you out there decorate your Christmas trees like this, I give you kudos for your creativity and for choosing a spouse who allows you to bring your love of running into your Christmas decor.


I’m drawn to the box display above but I think that the medals lose something when they are displayed without the ribbon attached to them (author’s note: I’m still considering this option).

CurtainRod medals

The simple curtain rod method showed above is clean and cost effective, but if you collect enough medals over the years, some will inevitably get lost in the clutter if you have no way to stagger where the medals are hung.

I almost Like this One

The distressed board above is my current front runner, but I have two small issues with it. Issue number one is that there is not enough hooks to display all of my medals and I really want to try avoiding having more than one medal hanger. Issue number two is the word “running” painted across the board. My reasoning for disliking this was mentioned above but I’ll say it again, I think it is not necessary.

Allow me to take the words out of your mouths, “this guy is picky!” I don’t deny that fact. That is why I am asking for your help. So, if you are a creative Pinterest type, please comment. If you are an entrepreneur and make your own race medal hangers, now is the time to drop a link in the comments and make a new loyal customer. If you currently have a medal hanger that you love and think I would like it too, drop a link to where you got it in the comments for me.

Thank you to everyone in advance for your help!

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Shawn · June 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I’ll have to follow this post to see what ideas people throw out there. I will say that the box display that you’ve mentioned is actually for military coins. Coins are a big deal in the military. They are collected and earned for milestones such as deployments, awards, graduations, etc. They don’t come with ribbons and usually one coin is carried by the service member to guard against coin checks. If someone calls a coin check on you and you don’t have your coin then you owe them a drink. It’s one of many unwritten rules.

Tyler · June 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Personally, I go with a smaller, metal curtain rod. It displays very nicely on my wall and only cost me $3. It’s currently holding almost 25 medals spanning from 2012 to 2014. Yes, someday my medals may need to be reorganized, but for now they look great in chronological order on the wall.

Cameron Kasteler · June 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Just in case you have TOO many medals to display…consider donating them…www.medals4mettle.org/chapters (Utah south). Just a thought!

Amber @ Fit Foodie Runs · June 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm

LOVE the Christmas Tree! So Awesome! Mine are pathetically on a hanger. I hate to even admit that. ugh!

Andy · August 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

Great blog post, I’m always interested to see new ideas for displaying race medals!

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