Saturday, August 9, 2014

Coolest Finisher Medal...Ever! At David's Old Silver Swim in North Falmouth, MA.

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Photo of hand-made finisher medal for David's Old Silver Swim in North Falmouth MA, an open water swimming race that benefits Compassionate Care ALS. Photography by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
Hand-made Finisher Medal for David's Old Silver Swim in North Falmouth, MA (August 9, 2014)


This medal in my hand represents more
 than the fact that I finished a race.

As you can see, it was made by hand.

With love.

And it tells a story.

The caring people of North Falmouth, MA
decided to raise money for Compassionate Care ALS.

They got together and created an open water swimming race:

It's a half-mile loop in the salty Atlantic.
You swim the loop once for a half-mile, or twice for a mile.

When you run up onto the beach,
 the crowd cheers like you just made
 the winning touchdown at the homecoming game.

A volunteer peels the timing chip from your ankle
and another volunteer drapes this medal around your neck.

You feel like a champion!

I've finished dozens of triathlons
 and open water swims.

It always feels good to get a finisher's medal!

Usually a medal is professionally designed.
Cast in metal.  
Painted without a flaw.

I cherish every one of those medals!

But this this simple seashell--
 marked with a Sharpie
and hanging from a length of twine
--this one is special.

It was made by hand by someone
who was moved by his (or her) heart.

I won't put it in a drawer with my other medals.

I think I'll get a hammer and a nail,
and hang it from the wall.

for putting on this great race!

And congratulations on raising more than $25,000

So now I'm wondering:
who's going to give YOU a medal?

Photo of hand-made finisher medal for David's Old Silver Swim in North Falmouth MA, an open water swimming race that benefits Compassionate Care ALS. Photography by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
(The other side of the medal.)

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