Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Race Shirts



Today's Tuesday on The Run topic is Race Shirts.  
I have quite the collection.  Let's start with a few favorites:


The upper left pink shirt is from a 10k trail run.  If you put lime green on anything, I'm going to love it.  The upper right is from the inaugural REVEL half marathon in Denver, a scenic downhill run through the canyons.  I'm bummed to see I'm wearing the letters off of this one.  In the middle is the softest shirt I own.  It's also in a very flattering women's cut.  I missed Route 66 this past fall, but hope to get back this year.  






For a 2014 Christmas present for my husband to give me {wink}, I cut up 64 race T-shirts (all from 5k or 10k distances) for a king sized quilt by Project Repat.  I could not get the entire quilt in a picture.  It's huge!  It was completely worth the time and money to do this.  That humongous pile of race shirts in the corner of our bedroom is gone!  I chose a red fleece backing and it is the warmest blanket we own. Most of the squares fall into the not-so-pretty category.  When you put them all together however, they do make a striking display.  Here are two I simply don't know what the race directors were thinking:




What is supposed to be a hill, looks like a big pile of baby diarrhea.  And the red path?  I'm sorry it reminds me of steam.  So, I see a huge green steamy pile of poop.  It completely missed the mark.  On to the other shirt -- what is that thing?  I'm thinking it's a sweaty, angry, red blood cell.  Why are the rabbit and frog sitting together in the running shoe just watching the cell run?  When did frogs and bunnies become friends?  I'm just simply confused over this one.






I saved the best for last.  The cut and fit of the shirt is fantastic, as well as the memory of conquering the marathon after an untimely foot stress fracture.  I won't wear it much for fear of wearing it out (like the REVEL shirt above).  Also, it's red.  Of all the race shirts I've received -- approaching 150 now -- this is only the 2nd red one.  Why is that?

Do you have any shirts that completely missed the mark?


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56 comments:

  1. Oh my, I can definitely see why those two shirts are not favorites. I don't get them. Either, too weird!
    Although it wasn't my first, that same wdw shirt is probably my favorite too!

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    1. I loved my first half marathon shirt from Disney too, although it was way too big! I still sleep in it.

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  2. Who is designing our race shirts?! Actually, I got a couple of favorites last year - like the Missoula Marathon one.

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    1. Sometimes I think it is whoever lost a bet. Ha. They make good conversation pieces.

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  3. I love that quilt idea so much! I got rid of all my thick cotton race shirts last year and of course right after that I saw the quilt idea lol
    I love your marathon shirt :) Richmond gives up a similar cut and I really like it. I like the Revel shirt as well, I really love the baseball type shirts!

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    1. I'm so glad I did the quilt. I agree about the baseball type shirts. That is my favorite cut -- without shoulder seams.

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  4. I never took a picture of it, but there was a shirt I used as a throwaway because it was awful. There wasn't a single thing I liked about it and wasn't worth saving, even for a potential quilt.

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    1. There are quite a few obnoxious ones on the quilt, but it makes it fun.

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  5. Lol... those two shirts are definitely on the weird sign. I actually didn't love the shirt from the marine corps 10k because it has a mock turtle neck and a weird fit. I love that quilt! I'm saving some shirts to do that with once I have enough.

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    1. I don't like it when the neck of a T-shirt feels too high, so I probably would like the mock turtle neck either.

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  6. Wow that's a lot of races to have such a huge quilt! I do like the idea of a quilt but I don't think I have enough T-shirts yet! That Disney shirt is really cute, I bet it would be one of my favorites too!

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    1. They make quilts of all sizes, so it doesn't take as many as you think. It's something to work toward though.

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  7. Great quilt! I seriously need to get on that...

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    1. Yes! You can design it yourself, or let them lay out the squares.

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  8. I so want to make a quilt with all my shirts - but I honestly wear them like every day - either to work out - or to sleep in :)

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    1. I sleep in a lot of my half marathon shirts. I only used 5k and 10k (and mostly cotton) shirts for the quilt.

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  9. The only race shirt that comes to mind as completely missing the mark was from a triathlon I did in September. The sizing is all wrong. I'm almost always a medium or a large & in this supposed GENDER SPECIFIC shirt, I got a small & am still swimming in it...it makes no sense.

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    1. So of them end up being so baggy and then some are too tight! The sizing is never the same.

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  10. That quilt is fabulous! I've gotten so many race shirts over the years that I end up donating most of them now. A quilt would be a great way to put them into alternate use! The only race shirts that I say no to upfront are white ones. I like all the colors, please!

    That Disney shirt is AWESOME. I have a few race shirts that I love but don't wear because I want to keep them new, too. Funny how that works!

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    1. I'm glad I did the quilt. My kids also have some of my bigger cotton T-shirts. And, I sleep in a lot of the half marathon shirts. But, I'm saving that Disney one!

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  11. I'm with you on the lime green love! I like that quilt - my mom made me one several years ago, and honestly, I could use another one, I've amassed that many more race shirts!

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    1. How awesome you have someone that can make a quilt for you! That makes it even more special too!

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  12. I made my shirts into a blanket but only 40 for a twin size. I regret that I didn't go larger. As you know, I have a lot of shirts. Many are pink or blue or green. Red? Many one cotton one.

    My blanket has all the uglies.

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    1. I think all the uglies = one big pretty! My blanket is a conversation piece for sure. I KNOW you have more shirts than me. I let you get ahead -- stupid injury. LOL.

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  13. I don't know who designs these shirts sometimes, like WHY did they think this or that was a good idea? I think we runners need to band together and write a little guide book for these shirt designers ... i got a burnt orange with neon yellow i think it was writing once, it was so horrible that went right into the garbage

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    1. It starts with a good color and a good fit. I can overlook a bad logo. Or, I can just save it for the quilt!

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  14. Interesting thoughts on your race tees!

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    1. Marcia has enlightened me that it could be a giant boogar. Why didn't I didn't think of that!

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  15. I LOVE your quilt! We've started the pile of shirts to start ours and I can't wait to get it done. I think it's such a neat way to display accomplishments! I do love the shirts that you get from Disney races-the long sleeves more so than the short!

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    1. This "quilt" ended up being more like a blanket (and thus more economical). But, I was very pleased with it. They did a great job.

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  16. I was thinking that was a giant booger with a red smirk. It's all in the eyes of the beholder, I guess. Thanks for linking up!

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  17. I need to count my shirts to see if I have enough for Project Repat! I don't ever really wear them, so I want to do something because right now they're stuffed away in a duffle bag.

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    1. They'll even make a small lap size. Definitely check them out!

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  18. Yes, that does look like a pile of poo.
    I don't like any of the race shirts I have gotten. The one from the end of January was black, a men's large so I gave it to my husband !

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    1. I give the big ones to my teens. They are hooked up with race shirts. Strangers think they've run the races, not me.

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  19. I am laughing so hard at those poorly designed shirts. Haha...the pile of poo. The race shirt quilt is a fabulous idea! I've been cutting up a lot of the cotton shirts from local races that aren't particularly memorable so I can use them for bike maintenance rags.

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    1. We kept the back half of the shirts for rags! Most of the ones of the quilt are cotton, only a few ugly techs.

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  20. That is an awesome idea! Once my collection gets big, I think I'll do the same thing!

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    1. You'll be glad you did. Sometimes they will run specials too.

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  21. I've heard of putting shirts together into a quilt--64 is insaneeeee! Great job! :] That's super awesome!

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    1. I could make another one easily. LOL. I think I'll wait a while and make the next one out of half and full marathons.

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  22. Oh my goodness - I have seen t-shirt quilts before and always wanted to have one made but had NO IDEA where to go! I am getting excited just thinking about the quilt that I'm going to have made with some of my favorite t-shirts!!

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    1. Project Repat is a great company. And more affordable than traditional quilters.

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  23. I have seen these quilts made from race shirts! I love this idea and I'm saving the link and gonna sift through my shirts and see how many I have! It would be a great conversation piece to keep in the camper too ya know! I'm with you my red marathon shirt has my heart, if only I could wear it everywhere!!!

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    1. Project Repat makes seeral different sizes too. I just had such a pile of shirts, I wanted the biggest one to get rid of them. I'd like to wear that shirt every day. "Look what I did!"

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  24. That's awesome you made a quilt, or had one made as a gift:) I've seen a lot of runners do that, I suspect in time I should break mine out of the pink tote in my closet and do something creative with them, LOL
    Most my marathon shirts are always pretty nice looking, I've actually got a great collection of them. But I ran a halloween 5k years ago that seriously they shouldn't even bothered with the shirt, it was uncomfortable and hideous, LOL

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    1. Some of the logos are so big and stiff than they become irritating! And, am I the only one who thinks some of those tech shirts stink?

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  25. I had the queen size quilt made and I love love love it! What a great collection! You do have some funny shirts! Disney does make a nice shirt!

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    1. The blanket is definitely a fun conversation piece. Such great memories too.

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  26. That WDW marathon shirt is a lot of people's favorite this year. :) You worked really hard for that one! (I agree - green baby poop on the other one!)

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    1. Yes, I've seen it on many posts. The blood, sweat and TEARS that I went through make it extra special.

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  27. I love the quilt. Did y'all use someone local? Several of those shirts look familiar. I have a few of those. I've started donating my least favorite ones and the not so sentimental ones. I love it when races do tech shirts so I can wear them while running.

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    1. I used Project Repat. I believe they are in SC. I had to mail my squares to them. I don't like to run in sleeves unless its in the dead of winter, so I generally just sleep in my tech shirts.

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  28. Definitely planning to do a quilt this year. And the Route 66 race shirt is AWESOME!!

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    1. I'm very happy I decided to have the quilt made. I wore my Route 66 shirt today!

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