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A Look at Triathlon Finisher Medals from 2012


Again our year-end look takes a peak at some of the triathlon finisher medals of 2012 from races around the world. From generic to highly custom designs, they offer those triathletes that like them a post race memory of the challenge they conquered whether short or long.

Nicola Spirig Gold Medal

Yeah, yeah, some people like finisher medals, some don't. Some wear it proudly, some don't care. Without a doubt, the two most sought after triathlon medals of 2012 where the two gold medals at the London Olympic Games in the triathlon event, won by Nicola Spirig and Alistair Brownlee.

Again we have some real cool looking ones Revolution3 Triathlon from their Half-Full, Maine and Florida events. We can't forget to mention the unique ones athletes received in Cebu at the Ironman 70.3 Philippines race designed by local artist Kenneth Cobonpue. Honorable mention would go to the Roman numeral design for the Lifetime Tri - Chicago event, using the 3 X's to represent 30-years in their medal. Speaking of 30-years, we have two others medals in our collection from events being around for that long, the Gulf Coast Triathlon and the now gone Ironman Canada triathlon.

Take a peek at some of the triathlon finisher medals we came across from 2012 events (click on the image to see a bigger picture), categorized by North America races and International events.

North America Triathlon medals 2012 2575 Cancun medal 2012 Atlantic City International Triathlon medal
  2575 Cancun Atlantic City International Triathlon
2012 California Kids Triathlon medal 2012 Celebrating Heros Triathlon medal 2012 Dash for Divas Triathlon medal
California Kids Triathlon Celebrating Heros Triathlon Dash for Divas Triathlon
2012 DiabloMan Triathlon medal 2012 Disco Triathlon medal 2012 Eleven Triathlon Series medal
DiabloMan Triathlon Disco Triathlon Eleven Triathlon Series
2012 Expedition Man Triathlon medal 2012 Great Clermont Triathlon medal 2012 Great Floridian medal
Expedition Man Triathlon Great Clermont Triathlon Great Floridian
2012 Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon medal 2012 Gulf Coast Triathlon medal 2012 HITS Triathlon Series medal
Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon Gulf Coast Triathlon HITS Triathlon Series
2012 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman medal 2012 Ironman 70.3 Hawaii medal 2012 Ironman 70.3 Muskoka medal
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Ironman 70.3 Hawaii Ironman 70.3 Muskoka
2012 Ironman Canada medal 2012 ronman Wisconsin medal 2012 Ironman World Championship medal
Ironman Canada Ironman Wisconsin Ironman World Championship
2012 Ironman World Championship 70.3 medal 2012 Lake Meridian Triathlon medal 2012 Lifetime Kids Triathlon medal
Ironman World Championship 70.3 Lake Meridian Triathlon Lifetime Kids Triathlon
2012 Lifetime Tri - Chicago medal 2012 Lifetime Tri - Minneapolis medal 2012 Maple Grove Triathlon medal
Lifetime Tri - Chicago Lifetime Tri - Minneapolis Maple Grove Triathlon
2012 Miracle Kids Triathlon medal 2012 Positive Energy Kids Triathlon medal 2012 Pumpikman Triathlon Festival medal
Miracle Kids Triathlon Positive Energy Kids Triathlon Pumpikman Triathlon Festival
2012 Rattlesnake Triathlon Series medal 2012 Revolution3 Florida medal 2012 Revolution3 Half-Full medal
Rattlesnake Triathlon Series Revolution3 Florida Revolution3 Half-Full
2012 Revolution3 Knoxville medal 2012 Revolution3 Maine medal 2012 Revolution3 Sout Carolina medal
Revolution3 Knoxville Revolution3 Maine Revolution3 Sout Carolina
2012 San Diego Triathlon Classic medal 2012 SheROX Triathlon Series medal 2012 TriRock Annapolis medal
San Diego Triathlon Classic SheROX Triathlon Series TriRock Annapolis
2012 Vermont Journey Triathlon medal 2012 Vineman Triathlon medal 2012 Wildflower Triathlon medal
Vermont Journey Vineman Triathlon Wildflower Triathlon
2012 XTERRA Portland medal 2012 XTERRA World Championship medal International Triathlon medals
XTERRA Portland XTERRA World Championship  
2012 5150 Liverpool medal 2012 BerlinMan Triathlon medal 2012 Challenge Arhus medal
5150 Liverpool BerlinMan Triathlon Challenge Arhus
2012 Challenge Roth medal 2012 Dextro Energy Triathlon - Syndney medal 2012 Elbaman Triathlon medal
Challenge Roth Dextro Energy Triathlon - Syndney Elbaman Triathlon
2012 Hua Hin Triathlon medal 2012 Ironman 70.3 Phillipines medal 2012 Ironman 70.3 UK medal
Hua Hin Triathlon Ironman 70.3 Philippines Ironman 70.3 UK
2012 Ironman Brazil medal 2012 Kenyir Lake International Triathlon medal 2012 The Brutal Extreme Triathlon medal
Ironman Brazil Kenyir Lake International Triathlon The Brutal Extreme Triathlon
2012 TriStar Deauville medal 2012 Virgin Active Indoor Triathlon medal 2012 Volcano Triathlon medal
TriStar Deauville Virgin Active Indoor Triathlon Volcano Triathlon

It's great to see organizers going all out on their design, incorporating something from the setting into the design. The collection of 2012 triathlon finisher medals we saw or came across for the most part featured plenty of color and/or a unique design. Medals with circles and ovals proved to be popular in 2012, with squares not far behind. Of course we had a few non-traditional, good from something else medals (bottle openers) from a couple of events. For the most part organizers changed the design of their finisher medal except for one or two that have the same design as last year.

One guy that has a bragging collection to talk about from iron distance triathlon events around the world is James Lawrence. His 2012 collection includes 30 triathlon finisher medals from events on 5 continents. He not only has 30 triathlon medals to talk about, he has a new Guinness World Record to go along with them for most iron distance triathlons in one year.

james lawrence medals

What do you think? Do you have one of these? Do you have a favorite? Which one don't you like? Drop us a line and let us know.

You'll have to wait a year, when we see what triathlon events in 2013 have to offer...

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