But when we arrived at the city gym in Bluffton, we discovered that we got a spike bag and T-shirt. The tee, of which I do not have a picture, might be one of the ugliest things known to woman. It's unisex, mustard yellow and cotton with a blue design of the hospital. The spike bag, with a similar design of the hospital, is much nicer. Navy blue, with white print. It's durable and lined, and it has a nice zippered pocket.
Before anyone jumps my case about the race shirt, I'm not whining. I get it. The yellow color is cheaper, and sponsors want a shirt so their names/logos can be on the back. Plus, it's been nice to sleep in these past few nights as the temperature drops. It's more that the bag - and the quality - made me think of the better items I've received at races.
SmartWool arm warmers from the Huff 50K relay. I ran this race as a relay in 2011, and the arm warmers were fitting that day. It was blustery, wet and miserable. The arm warmers were my first pair, and I still love them.
Pint glasses. I've gotten these at various races and unlike shirts, these get guaranteed use. Mostly because I don't have a real set of glasses at home.
Honey. The JP Jones 10K, which is a no frills points race here, doesn't have age group awards, medals or T-shirts. But, a honey operation hands out bears filled with honey - which, alone, is worth the $5 entry fee.
Posters. These might be hit or miss for people but I love race posters. The Cincinnati Flying Pig does these especially well, and they are so beautiful you could frame them and hang them as art. I have a Fort4Fitness poster near my cube at work, and I have one from the Martian Invasion races, too. It's a nice way to commemorate a race.
Vera Bradley reusable totes. VB is a local company in Fort Wayne, and they are starting to sponsor some of the bigger races. Twice so far, I have received one of their large market totes and will again at Fort4Fitness. Reusable grocery bags are always useful, and the Vera Bradley ones are especially sturdy and easy to wipe down.
What sort of race swag do you love? Hate?