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The Great Race Shirt Debate

Tuesdays on the RunToday I'm linking up with Erica at MCM Mama Runs, Marcia at  Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and Patty at My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.

Today we are discussing a strongly debated topic - race shirts: Should you wear them TO the race or only AFTER the race?

I have always been an after the race kind of gal.  I felt that I didn't "earn" the shirt until I had finished the event that I received it for. With that being said, if I DNS to an event... I wouldn't wear the shirt at all.

More and more events are giving away gender specific tech shirts, which I do incorporate into my training wardrobe.  I usually don't wear them to races because I like to wear a nicely coordinated outfit.  As for the cotton t-shirts, I'm not a huge fan of those. Sometimes I will size up and give it to the hubs, he is always needing t-shirts.


I still have the race shirt from my 2nd half marathon ... I only wore it once, it was nearly 14 years ago and before finishers medals were given out. I just can't bring myself to throw it out... or wear it.


  1. I've seen a few races recently that offer runners the option of paying less for the entry fee and not getting a shirt. I wonder if that's something that'll catch on for people like you who don't really enjoy the race shirt.
    I typically wait until after the race to wear mine and especially like tech shirts so I can wear them on my day-to-day runs.

  2. I feel the same way about my first marathon shirt. It's cotton, mannish and gigantic, But I'll probably keep it forever. My first half had no shirt or medal. Sigh.

  3. I was taught you had to earn it. But so few of them fit well enough to wear anyway. And they would be too warm to run in where I live.


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