2019 was quite an active running year for me, I broke some Personal bests and enjoyed a lot of races in the Netherlands, in this post I want to rank the medals I have earned so far in terms of overall beauty and on how much I have enjoyed the race myself.
1. Zandvoort Circuit Run
I think this is one of the most prettiest and most fun run I have done in 2019, running on a real race track and especially because Formula 1 is coming there next year was a treat.
2. Tilburg Kermis Run
Combining two of my favorite things: Running and attractions, how cool is this one? Okay is not an official timed event but it is not about that. This run is about having fun. I think it took me around 1 hour to complete a 8k track but together with lots of fair attractions that we could enter for free. This run was a lot of fun. The medal is really gorgeous as well!
3. Utrecht Urban Trail run
The detail in this medal is very amazing. This was also my first Urban trail run and I enjoyed it a lot. I have never seen so many hidden gems in Utrecht before and it was very well organised. The KLM Urban trail series are now well known and this run offers a very fun way of getting to know a city better. Also not with an official timing but that doesn’t matter.
4. Mariken Loop Men’s Edition
For the first time this year the Marikenloop was opened for men, so of course I had to join this classic one. The run itself was through a park and the organisation expanded it with a trail run as well. Maybe that’s something for next year. The medal is very unique and crafted very well.
5. Stevensloop (2019)
This year I ran the Stevensloop for the second time, it was exactly the same as I remember from back when I ran in 2015. The medal is quite unique as it is more of a puzzle. The Stevensloop has a 5k, 10k and a half marathon distance and the goal of completing this puzzle is to complete all distances in the next 3 years.
6. Zevenheuvelenloop (2014)
In 2013 I already ran the 15k of the Zevenheuvelenloop, back then they gave like a mini bronze statue. Sadly I have lost this mini statue. So hence I put this medal on the 6th place in my ranking. It’s a beautiful small medal and it basically started off my running career.
7. Stevensloop (2015)
Back in 2015 I ran the Stevensloop for the first time, the medal is tiny but very good looking. It is very simple and was a worthy reward. I already planned to run the Stevensloop for the 3rd time in 2020.
8. Groesbeek centrum run
This was a very local run, which I had a lot of fun with. Too bad there was not a lot of people competing. Anyway I got third place anyway! The medal is very simple. But of course the budget of the run was very low too. I hope they can grow it and offer more things next year. Local runs are very cool too.
9. Zevenheuvelenloop (2019)
Nothing wrong with the race itself, that was excellent. But I expected more of the medal. Not just a piece of wood with some image anyone could make in their garage. If the medal would be much better I could have given this a higher ranking for sure. I have no problem with a wooden medal. But this feels cheap and looks even cheaper. Too bad.
This collection is just the beginning, I am looking forward to 2020 where I have set high goals for myself already. Maybe I can double my medal collection by the end of 2020!