As a runner, I seem to have accumulated a variety of bibs, medals… and… well… a big enough safety pin stash to last 5 lifetimes. Of course, the bibs and medals mean a bit more to me than the tangled mess of safety pins in an old jelly jar.
After I have collected 5 race bibs or so, I wanted to organize them in a way that would preserve the bib itself, but also the memories from the race. After checking out some options online, I decided to just DIY a bib binder. I found my pretty blue binder at Staples (part of the Martha Stewart collection) but any binder will do. Mine measures 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 – which seems like a good size for storing the bibs. A few I have had to fold down just a smidge to fit in the sheet protectors.
I also bought plastic dividers to separate my bibs into years. I prefer a chronological order, but you could choose to group yours by distance or some other manner. For me, I really like to flip through the pages and see my improvement in times and distance… and sometimes unfortunately remember an injury! I have decorated my dividers with washi tape and stickers, but your book is your book – do what YOU like. (Note to Oiselle – gonna need more stickers in other colors… I have too many of the pink ones!)
Here you can see how nicely the bibs fit in the sheet protectors. A few I have had to fold down slightly to fit. The ones with the magnetic strip on the back are a bit more of a pain.
I like to write down the important details about the race on the back of the bib. I just write the details on a label that I stick to the back of the bib. But a bib + a Sharpie would work great too!. My labels have gotten less fancy over time… But I always note the name of the race across the top, the date in the lower right and my time in the lower left. I also note items such as a good AG placement, an injury or weather anomaly. This race was -7 windchill that day. Brrr!!
So that’s it. A cheap, simple solution for organizing race bibs. Be sure to put yours someplace handy so you can flip through it and stay motivated. I keep mine on my nightstand.