11-12-2014

I Need Your Input!

As you know, my mom and I have our online Etsy shop where we make pillows, bags, and more. Well, we’re looking to expand and create something for runners which I think is cool. But I need to gauge if I’m the only one who thinks it’s cool/useful – so I need your input on this idea we are working on.

We want to make lightweight, square pieces (made from Dri-Fit material) that you can customize with your name or quote.

You know how before a marathon you write your name on your shirt? Or something on the back? I love doing that because then everyone yells my name and it gives me a boost. But there are 2 main issues here:

  • If you write on your shirt or use iron on letters, you can’t wear that shirt again. Unless you rip the letters off, but don’t you want to save your marathon shirt? :)
  • If you use tape, it looks fine…but it could look way cooler if you used actual letters.

That’s where our idea came from. What if we created something you pin on your shirt. You can customize it however you want (letters, background, letter cut-outs, images), and it won’t ruin your shirt. Then, you can also re-use them on shirts for future races as well.

Another great thing about being able to customize it is that if you’re running a race for someone or a cause, you can add in an image (such as a family photo or the charity logo) and add in whatever text you want. We have a special process we will be using that makes this possible, and have already teamed up with a manufacturer.

Along with being able to customize, we’ll also have pre-made options in case you don’t know what to make ;)

Here are a few examples I came up with that I may use for the Philly Half coming up:

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I loved wearing a quote on my back for both my NYC Marathons…I got lots of comments! My first shirt I wrote “Is this the way to Central Park?” and the second was “Why is everybody following me?” Gotta love the corniness of race shirts and signs ;)

Anyway, if you could please leave me feedback in the comments I would really appreciate it!! Could you answer these 2 questions:

Would you pin something on your shirt as opposed to writing it on?

Do you like the idea of customizing something to wear on your shirt for races, whether it’s 5K, half, marathon, triathlon etc.

Thank you!!

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