I have this friend who runs one race a year – the AJC Peachtree Road Race – and maybe a second one in the neighborhood. That doesn’t keep him from complaining about one certain aspect of the AJC Peachtree that causes me to refute him every time. It’s about the world famous t-shirts (see the finalists here and more here).
He wants the race to start giving out performance/moisture-wicking shirts after the race. I say no – keep them cotton. And I compliment the Atlanta Track Club for doing just that.
A cotton shirt can be worn, shown off really, around town without feeling weird in public. It can be worn to places other than a gym. It won’t quickly become just another one of those workout shirts. It remains a shirt to be worn to so many different places, not just on July 4.
Almost every other race in the city now gives out performance shirts. They pile up in a drawer, ready to be worn for a run, but no time else. After a while (running more than one race a year), you have too many. This year, I’ve gotten rid of plenty of performance shirts from races, but not one cotton shirt I’ve gotten from races of the years (good thing for me races in my old hometown didn’t stray from tradition and used to always give out cotton Ts). I even still have the cotton long-sleeve shirt from the 2000 Atlanta Half Marathon. I wear it, too. It and the 2001 are favorites.
Instead of complaining about the cotton, I always suggest running more races. That way you can build up your selection of performance shirts. And hopefully, the AJC Peachtree’s will remain not only cotton, but one of the most sought-after items in Atlanta.
Feel free to rip me here because other than myself, my brother and my dad, I figure most runners are like my friend and want a performance shirt. But I am interested to hear if anyone else is like us and enjoys cotton.