"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Race Bibs 101

Last week I strongly encouraged you to take a look at the most recent Runner's World issue, (click here). I also suggested that a good way to view the articles is to like / join the Runner's World Magazine facebook page.  Throughout the month they provide a link to most of the magazine articles (although the subscription is still a great value).

Anyway, the added benefit of the facebook page is the variety of running related posts on a daily basis.  Today, one in particular caught my attention; "What kind of bib-pinner are you?" If you have been participating in races for a while then you have probably seen the evolution of the race bib. With the increase in fuel belts, chips and technical screen printed shirts, it seems you have yet another strategic decision to make by the time you reach the starting line! 

Personally, I prefer the pins through the bib holes onto the shirt.  I tried the fuel belt attachment and just didn't like it at all.  I think I would really like the pre-printed shirt and chip option, although every paper bib I have ever worn is kept in a safe place, complete with the race details. I'm not sure I would want to give that up,  (I know, I know, get a life, huh?). 

So, below are the various examples. There might be a few more and I'd love to hear from you on what you have seen out there.  I must say, I don't think I have ever thought of, or seen, a bib applied with the horizontal pin placement, but as the RWM blog indicated, this was the author's favorite method.  

Old School Traditional Method

Horizontal Pin Placement

Pre-printed Shirt

Fuel Belt Method

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