I’ve only been running for 2 1/2 years, and in that time I’ve earned a few medals. They’ve just been piling up on my mirror one by one, not even highlighting some of the nice ribbons they hang from. Like any other runner, I’ve worked very hard for each of those and they should be displayed in a much better way. For about a year I’ve contemplated getting a medal hanger but all of them that I’ve found were severely over-priced. The nicest hangers I saw were made by Allied Medal Displays, but the couple of them I wanted were priced between $60 and $80. Although they were very nice, I would have to spend almost $200 to display everything. There had to be a different way – Something more cost effective.

I came up with an idea to simply use 2 hooks and a dowel in between. I didn’t want it to look cheap, but after all, the display should highlight the medals rather than the rack they hang from. I went to my local Lowe’s to take a look at some ideas and hopefully see something that would work. It almost made sense to start with the dowels and find one that would be strong enough without being too thick. They had some 3/8 inch dowels made of oak that looked pretty nice and they were certainly strong enough. Only $1.19 for a 36 inch cut. That’s a great start, so I grabbed 2 and searched for the hooks. That place is enormous, and it’s hard to find anything so I ended up asking an employee where they were. I have to say, he was pretty rude. He didn’t even stop walking past me as he told me where to find them. That attitude didn’t make any sense to me. Anyone that knows me would agree that I’m very friendly when I approach people, and this case was no different. Maybe he was really rushed on other tasks. Next week is the kickoff of holiday shopping season and I’m sure he had a million things to do, but that’s still no excuse.


Okay… I’m done venting now. Back to the hooks. I scored a 6 pack of some 3/4 inch cup hooks with a shiny brass finish for only $1.18. The dowels fit perfectly. This brought the grand total to $3.77 with tax. At that price I can scrap the whole idea if it looks bad.


I cut the dowels in half and screwed the hooks into the wall. I think it’s a huge improvement over the way it looked before.



I’d say this was completetly worth it. Hopefully my idea helps someone out there.


  1. vivality says:

    Heehee – nice. They look well displayed and will be easy to add to!

  2. What a great alternative to the pricier medal racks! Love it!

  3. Bill Dolton says:

    Love it! Simple but elegant and practical — thanks for the great idea!

  4. Mary says:

    Great job on your DIY medal rack!

  5. joemacgown says:

    great idea! My son has his tacked in layers on a large piece of corkboard. Also worked well, but its full now…

  6. rwcrouch says:

    Great display – the ribbons are so much more colourful than the ones we get in England

  7. runoffwriter says:

    Fantastic. Can’t beat that price…I’m jealous of all that runner’s bling….someday….

  8. Frank K. says:

    Nice display. A friend of mine uses a tie rack, which also works well. I’ve got to get mine off the handle on my dresser drawer….

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  10. ALittleBitGoofy says:

    That’s right in my price range!! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  11. Princess Bob says:

    I think is a great idea. I have a home made race bib/medal rack, but by the end of the year, I think I’m going to have run out of room on it. (You can never race too much, right?) I think I’ll try this method once I need more room. It’s simple, yet effective.

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