(Originally Posted 4/30/15)
Although Bibs2bags is known for our custom bags made from your racing bibs, did you know we also offer security friendly clear bags??
Here is a letter we received after the Boston Marathon, demonstrating what a difference our bag made!
A BIG thank you for making my spectator experience at the Boston Marathon a Success.
Pre Race Weekend - used the athletic open top draw string bag
Boston Marathon Expo: Security stops in several locations getting in the Convention Center and into each room. I was greeted with big smiles from the security personnel and waved immediately through. This set off lights in the heads of many as it really is our responsibility to make the race safe for all and a good experience for ourselves.
Ready for Race Day
Used the Back Pack with wide straps. Very roomy, I had two water repellant thick winter coats rolled up, gloves, scarf, umbrella, sports bars, nuts, gatorade and a water in the mesh side pocket with room to spare.
Very comfortable to wear on one shoulder or both (and did so for over five hours). The finish line area and all areas along the race with strong crowds, you are not allowed to even put your bags on the ground. "you must keep them on" this was also true at the New York Marathon.
My plan was to head from our hotel at the finish line area of down town and take the T train to the 20-21 mile mark just passed the "heart break hill" area to see my runner and give encouragement. Then race him to the finish line to see him again! He only had to run 6 miles in headwinds of 20-35 mile per hour in the cold rain, I had to jump a train and make it through multiple security stops! RACE ON (:
I would never had made it with a regular back pack or purse. I was able to hold up the clear bag and move right through the crowds with the people who did not carry belonging. Was able to see my husband at multiple locations in a race that is a straight course (not easy to do) and beat him to the hotel. Yes, he had to get his pictures taken and go through the food line and walk the two blocks to the hotel...that gave me time to get the dry cloths bag and unwrap the warm coat.
The hotel lobby was filled with stories of the long waits at security stops and those that missed their runners. So glad you had the solution for me! If given the chance to be prepared and ease the minds of everyone at a race, the clear back pack is a winner.
I certainly had my eye out all the time for what people were carrying and doing both on the train, in the expo and along the streets. Getting looks of approval & appreciation for respecting the security and knowing that if everyone took tiny steps to make the experience safe we would all have more fun. It was a privilege to share your Bibs2Bags post cards and story on how you made my day fun and worry free!
It is my prayer that this takes off and all the Marathons and sporting events catch on.
My Sincere Thanks,
(letter used with permission)
(Originally Posted 11/20/2014)
Since I (Lisa) personally own all of the bag styles available on the Bibs2bags website, I've decided I'm going to "review" them all. I'm starting with the Marathon Bag (aka Large Tote). This is such a versatile bag. Its my work bag. I carry papers, my laptop, my lunch-pretty much anything I need for work. The handles of my bag are ribbons from my race medals and its the perfect length for a bag like this. (not too long that you feel the bag is hanging too low, but not too short that you feel like you are getting smacked in the armpit by your bag). I opted for the bib bottom as well.
Let me be honest-I am not kind to my bags. I toss them around. I plop them anywhere in my office I can find room. I put them in the front seat of my car. Then I toss them to the backseat of my car. My kids step on them. My dogs step on them. And sit on them. Yet my bag still looks as brand new as the day I received it.
Another feature I love about my bag is the removable lining. Since I carry my lunch in this bag, despite my best efforts, something always spills or leaks out. The bag is protected by the lining and I can just take out the lining and wash it. No harm, no foul. (My old work bag didn't have this feature and boy, was that thing nasty by the time I replaced it with my bibs2bags bag!)
Other than my bag that I use as my purse (also shown in the pictures), this bag gets the most use out of all of my bags. Each day I am asked where I got my bag or complimented on it. And I'm very proud to show off my accomplishments by carrying it around!
If you are looking for a rugged, work horse of a bag that can hold a lot of stuff-the Marathon Bag is the bag I'd suggest for you!!
About The Authors
A 25 Year Veteran of the Group Fitness Industry, Erika currently teaches Kickboxing, Step, and H.I.I.T. classes at Guilford Parks & Rec.
An Avid Runner, Lisa began her running career about 10 Years Ago.