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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. LaChicaRuns

    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. mkadens1

    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. HoHo Runs

    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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