Canadian Running - - OFF THE BEATEN PATH -

We went a lit­tle fur­ther to find some of the most mem­o­rable and cre­ative medals from around the world

Dis­ney Marathon Or­lando, Fla.

For the steep en­try fee, you’d ex­pect the medals from Dis­ney Marathon week­end to be pretty mag­i­cal. Large, heavy-duty and colour­ful, these highly-cov­eted medals fea­ture beloved char­ac­ters, prov­ing again that no­body does it like Dis­ney.

Oak Bar­rel Half-Marathon Lynch­burg, Tenn.

Fin­ish­ers re­ceived wooden medals with burnt edges re­sem­bling the wood of a whiskey bar­rel.

Air Force Marathon Day­ton, Ohio

These es­thet­i­cally pleas­ing medals fea­ture a dif­fer­ent mil­i­tary plane ev­ery year, mak­ing them highly col­lectible.

Stumpy’s Marathon Ne­wark, Del.

Trail Dawgs’ is a fun and friendly event with muddy ter­rain. The “medals” – a rock, with a sticker on top – cer­tainly match the race.

Hob­ble Gob­ble Pre­dic­tion Run Pots­dam, N.Y.

All fin­ish­ers get a cute medal, but the real prizes are the 12 Thanks­giv­ing tur­keys awarded to the run­ners whose es­ti­mated fin­ish times are clos­est to their ac­tual fin­ish times.

Runs with Scis­sors Half-Marathon

Brighton, Colo. Scis­sors dan­gling from a lan­yard is pos­si­bly one of the coolest medals we’ve seen this year.

Bra­zos Bend 100 Bra­zos Bend State Park, Texas

Held on the fastest trail in Texas trail run­ning, the Bra­zos Bend ul­tra­ma­rathon awards fin­ish­ers with a cool ga­tor belt buckle.

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