What’s in a Medal?

“…inquire of Zeus of the flashing thunderbolt, if he has any message to give concerning men whose spirits are seeking to attain great excellence and a breathing-space from toils.” ~ excerpt from the Eighth Olympic Ode, by Pindar (c. 522-420 BC), courtesy of the Perseus Project digital library

Medal is an award for doing something very significant or to remember something. There are various kinds of medals and some even have religious meaning. In the original Olympic games in ancient Greece, winners were not given medals as they are today. Instead, they were awarded with an olive branch made like a crown. It’s not given to runners up but only to a champion. It was only during the modern era that top three finishers are recognized. The olive branch is replaced with the gold, silver, and bronze medals in the modern day Olympics.

Pasig International Marathon was a charity run to revive a struggling Pasig River. There was no medal given to PIM 42k finishers. But you might be wondering how come I have a medal for PIM. It was a surprise given to me by takbo.ph friends in recognition of finishing a first full marathon. And since there was no stage when it was awarded, they asked me to step on a monoblock plastic chair to receive the award.

The gesture was indeed very touching. They not only supported and cheered but also gave me a precious “gift” to cherish and remember–the gift of friendship. Thank you so much Que for the thought of giving me and Justin of Team Logan. Thanks Rico a.k.a. Sheer Will for designing it. Thank you so much my takbo.ph friends. You know who you are.

(Photo Courtesy of Carlo a.k.a. Drummersushi)