We Woke Up Early for THIS?!

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Published on: July 10, 2017

The trophy looks different for everyone. For some, it is an intangible. The trophy is simply the satisfaction of having achieved a goal or realized a dream. For most, however, a physical object is what they are after. But why? What’s so important about a statue of a generic shape on a pedestal or piece of metal fastened to a colored ribbon?

Like most tangible objects people tend to value in life, it’s not about the object. It’s about what the object represents. In the case of military medals and pins, these relatively small objects with what is usually very plain decoration often represent a lifetime of service, incredible bravery, and inhuman sacrifice. For Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, patches are given only when they are earned and serve as trophies for learning new skills and participating in certain experiences. Then there are runners who receive medals for finishing and/or winning races. People of all ages participate in one mile fun runs, 5ks, half and full marathons, mud runs, color runs, and even wine runs. There are also turkey trots, splash and dashes, Ragnar relays, and so many more. In any of these cases, the medals are a big deal!

Some of these medals are simple, and some are quite elaborate. Some are small, and others are quite large. Some are purely decorative, and some are actually functional, serving as bottle openers or even fidget spinners, and at the end of the day, some are simply more coveted than others. There is no mistaking the fact, however, that people love receiving them. More importantly, people love showing them off! Here’s why:

For runners, a finisher medal says so much more than I showed up on race day, started a race, and crossed a finish line. Whether the race is a short distance or a longer one, the race doesn’t start on race day. Instead, the race beging weeks, months, or, in the case of the larger marathons, years prior. Runners wake up early, spends hours a day training and can spend just as many hours recovering. They spend hundreds of dollars investing in footwear and gear, and often the same or more on race entry fees and travel. The level of preparation that goes into running a race and crossing a finish line is unparalleled. It requires patience, persistence, and discipline. Taking all of this into consideration, it’s now easy to see why runners value these pieces as they do. These medals represent a level of dedication and effort that very few are willing to put forth and when participants see the medal, a deep emotional connection that is made that extends far beyond metal and ribbon. If you are a race organizer, consider this your reminder that the pressure to produce a medal worth waking up early for, is on!

Are you wondering just how to make this happen? If so, let’s schedule a time to talk. When you’re preparing for our call, have answers to the following questions ready:

  • How many people will participate?
  • What is the demographic of the participants?
  • Are participants mostly local, or will distance travel be involved in getting to/from race?
  • Are you working within a set budget?
  • What have you done in years past, and what did people think/say?

These simple questions will help us to help you create the perfect race medal that will have finishers gleaming with pride in their Instagram posts, instead of posing like this, wondering why they got out of bed early this morning!

 

www.EMTEasy.com – We make race medals EASY!

Case Study: Challenge Coins

Purposes: The Die Cast Challenge Coin is detailed and created for a high perceived value. They are perfect for any type of recognition and carry more meaning and value than can be calculated.

Market: Military

Objective: To recognize a new level of achievement in the armed forces

Strategy: People who serve in the armed forces aren’t there for personal gain; they are often there to serve a bigger purpose than themselves. Honor and prestige is almost a form of currency to them. For decades, the challenge coin has been offered to show recognition for an accomplishment, and it’s no different in this case. The custom shape, edge, and finish allowed for a truly original coin.

Results: The challenge coins were beautiful and carried a high level of prestige. They were awarded after reaching a new level in accomplishment for a branch of the military. They were a perfect award for the occasion.

  • Pricing includes a custom shape with one or two-sided 2D imprint with no tooling charge for pierced or cutout areas
  • Choice of metal finishes: bright nickel, bright copper, black nickel, antique brass or antique copper
  • Other sizes and finishes available and quoted upon request
  • See Enhancements tab for more options, including custom edges, thickness, and textures
  • Individual poly bag standard, see Packaging tab for more options
  • Production time: 3-4 weeks – rush available
Challenge Coin

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More Stylish Awards: EMT Die Struck and Speed Medals

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Highest standards of die making
experience, skill and artistry

  • Die struck brass medals include a one-sided imprint and 2-D or 3-D design details
  • Custom shape included
  • Choice of metal finishes: bright nickel, bright copper, black nickel, antique brass or antique copper. Other finishes QUR. See plating image samples below
  • Sizes up to 4 “, thicknesses up to 1/4.” Other sizes and finishes available
    and quoted upon request
  • Optional soft or resin enamel colorfill. Free PMS color match
  • Production time: 4 weeks. Rush service available
  • Many attractive presentation, packaging, key tag and ribbon options available

Need something different?

Only if you’re serious about awards: EMT Etched Medallion Plates

EMT Award Rings: They know you recognize their achievements, now everyone else can too…

Huge Perceived Value at a Price
That Anyone can Afford

Perfect for team-building, corporate meetings, awards, fraternal organizations, schools and youth groups
Five stock bezels to recognize excellence
Ring Plating Finishes:
Antique brass finish – standard
Bright Silver finish – $1.00
Bright Gold finish – $2.00
Antique Silver finish – $2.00
Available sizes: 5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11, 12
Die struck soft enamel center:
Four week production
Full color poly poly dome center:
Eight working day production
Production time for optional finishes 4 weeks

EMT Case Study: Speed Medals

Purposes:   Die Cast Speed Medals are produced in just 8 working days or less and offer recipients a memento of achievement that will last for years to come. They come with an optional red, white and blue attachment.

Market
: Public Service Academy

Objective:  One state academy wanted to offer medals for the respective 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners in a Forensic Science Competition. The Forensic Science Competition, for middle and high school students, provides forensic science teams the opportunity to showcase their investigation, analytical and presentation skills. Award winners also receive recommendations and scholarship funding.

Strategy: This is a Forensic Science program, which combines science and law to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in both fields through the application of crime scene analysis, evidence gathering, critical thinking, and communication and presentation skills. Students are able to engage in practical experience of applying the law and science to a real life scenario. In addition, this program allows the academy to pull out top scorers and students more inclined to advance in forensic studies.

  • Die-cast wreath border on two sides
  • Choice of antique brass, antique silver or antique copper finish
  • Includes full color image with epoxy dome on both sides Medal size: 1-3/4″. Image size 1-7/16″.
  • Optional red, white and blue ribbon attachment available

    Speed Medals
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