Do I Keep My Old Race Singlets?

Because I will be moving soon, I took the opportunity this week to look through the singlets and tech/finisher shirts I’ve collected through the years to find out which ones I want to take with me, and which ones I’m ready to let go of. (Spoiler alert: it looks like I’m keeping all of them.)

I have two kinds: the singlets I buy for use in run training and races, and the finisher shirts I’ve earned racing over the past decade.

I’ve already culled a lot of race singlets and finisher shirts from older races, so the ones I currently have at home are the ones I have a sentimental attachment to. And while I was going through them all for this week’s vlog, I realised that my oldest one is 12 years old: it’s the Milo Marathon singlet I received when I qualified to run the Milo Marathon finals in 2010. The second oldest one is from the Boracay Skyathon Fun Run. Actually I’m quite hazy on the dates, so now in hindsight I think the Boracay one is older!

I also kept all of my finisher shirts from Ironman 70.3 Philippines and Challenge Philippines (Subic and Camsur races), and race singlets and finisher shirts from international races I’ve done.

The most recent finisher shirt I have aside from the virtual race shirts I’ve earned over the past two years is from the Singapore Aquathlon 2020, notably my last race before the pandemic started. So I think this year I’m finally ready to start earning finisher shirts again; over the weekend I signed up for the Clark Triathlon Classic happening on May 15, 2022. The funny thing is I signed up right when they opened registration, but already missed the Tier 1/Early Bird discount! Looks like everyone is like me. πŸ™‚

Aside from medals, I treat race singlets and finisher shirts as keepsakes and have found it very hard to let go of any of them.

What do you do with your race singlets?

About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in fitness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

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