Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Race Shirt Dilemma

It is said that the first step to curing an addiction is admitting you have a problem.  OK, here goes:

I am a hoarder.  Probably of too many things, but to be clear, I am a hoarder of race shirts.  

I have more race shirts than I know what to do with.  At the start of each winter, I heft my short sleeve shirts and singlets up into the attic for storage, and bring down my long sleeve shirts, quarter zips, etc.  Recently I just reversed the winter storage process, brought down my summer race shirts, and was somehow astounded by how many containers I now have of race shirts.  How did this happen?

I know that when I go to registration to get a race shirt, no matter how ugly I feel the race shirt, no matter if all they have left is extra-large, no matter how unlikely that I will ever wear the shirt, I take it.  It's like eating a meal at a restaurant; I may be full, but I paid for the dinner, so I have to eat it all.  Time to stop this nonsense!

Anyone else have a race shirt problem?  I'd love to hear about it.  Here are just a few of the shirts that made the recent toss pile to go to charity:
How many drab green shirts do I need?

The Newport Christmas 10K is a fun race,
but seriously, would you wear this outside of the house?

What?!  Sacrilege!  How could I get rid of a
Boston Marathon shirt?
First of all, it's from back when they were cotton,
and second, it's nearly thread-bare.

The only reason I considered holding onto this one is because
it's from a trail race I ran in Colorado years back.
But it's also two sizes too big.  Good-bye.

Say it isn't so.  I'm not really giving away a tech shirt, am I?
This is the infamous 2014 Blessing shirt that due to the large orange crescent-shaped press-on overlay, had horrible chafing.
Wore it once, and two miles into a long run with chafed nipples, took it off and threw it on the side of the road.
Why did I even go back to pick it up?
I'm a proud alumnus, keep up with the coach and team
members to this day, but just don't need yet another white
cotton t-shirt.


I did it!  Took 62 race shirts
to the charity bin.


  1. I can relate to the race shirt hoarding AND the restaurant face stuffing. I don't have a good solution to the latter, but one idea Katie and I have had is converting the old shirts into patchwork quilts. The shirts get a second life, and you don't have to say goodbye quite yet. I suppose giving to charity is a nobler option, but at least this way you can hang on to the past a little longer.

  2. Nice work thinning out the herd!

  3. Congratulations! I am a collector and I have and follow strict rules. If I love it I keep it, if I don't it goes in the charity bin, if there is no room in the drawer and I still love it, then something has to go. I do have a collection of Newport 10K and I do wear it out of the house, to walk the dogs. I probably only need one, not three!