Let’s face it, fellow runners, why do we run? Is it fitness? Is it competition? Is it the dirt and sweat that covers our bodies? The answer is no, not really. The ultimate truth is we run for the swag. Whether it’s t-shirts, water bottles, headbands, sweaters, jackets, ribbons or trophies, we run for the swag at the beginning and end of events.
I used to run a race in California that went from Sacramento, in the flats, to Auburn, in the foothills, called the American River 50. Imagine running 50 miles of trails just for the reward of a jacket. Of course, you had to complete the entire 50 miles to receive the jacket. All five times I ran the race, it motivated me to finish to receive the jacket, even when it was 100 degrees one year.
How many of you truly desire the swag, especially the t-shirts? Apparently in other parts of the world, t-shirts are as good as gold. In 2001 on our honeymoon, JP and I traveled to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. We had brought a pile of forty used running and cycling t-shirts. We quickly gave all of them out to our guides and porters, yet still didn’t have enough. The Africans either wore them with pride or sold them in the market. Just goes to show, the value of a t-shirt
Now, don’t tell me, you hard core racers don’t treasure your swag. Walking around at races, you will view fellow runners wearing t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, and sweatpants from a variety of events