Used to be when you did a race you’d get a cotton tee, if you were lucky. And really, for me, that was just fine. These days, however, there’s a lot more swag going into race bags. You’re going to get any number of things.
Lately I’ve noticed a trend toward the race bag itself being a reusable grocery bag. I like this (better than the old plastic bags that ended up in landfills) but like anything, too much of a good thing can get old. Now my closets are bursting with these bags.
Items I have found in the race bags of late vary. I’ve received energy bars, water bottles, samples of anti-chafing solutions, hats or visors, sunscreen and those ubiquitous coupons. Have you ever noticed those (millions of) coupons are usually for things you don’t want? Like maybe a free session at a local gym, which inevitably means a 90-min. sales pitch. Or a coupon for a discounted session with a local chiropractor. If you’ve traveled at all for the race, well, it’s not going to do you much good.
Taking the cake, however, on race bag items I’ve received over the past year has to be what was inside the bag at the Cleveland half marathon. A sample case of tampons. Yep, you read it right. Now if this had been an all female race, I could maybe understand it. But it wasn’t, and so I found that one a bit odd and amusing. You just never know.
What’s the oddest thing you’ve received in a race bag? What’s the best thing you’ve ever received?