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2632 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2009 3:02 PM by Urbster
boadicea124 Rookie 3 posts since
May 31, 2008
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Mar 16, 2009 10:24 AM

Race Shirts - whats the deal?

 

I ran a 1/2 yesterday, and of course got a shirt in my packet pickup. I'm a small girl, but not that small so marked "medium".  The guy handing me the packet switched my shirt to a small, upon seeing me.  However, the SMALL still is almost big enough to fit my husband who is 6'2 and 240! I'll never wear it! And the design is pretty cool.

 

 

What is the deal with running shirts?  I have quite a few shirts like the one I got yesterday - NB dri/active, mens small (translate: huge).  I have many other race tshirts, all unworn because even the smalls are too big.  AND also, all the shirts are boxy mens t-shirts - which are one of the most unattractive things most women could put on.

 

 

One would think that we wouldnt need oversized shirts, because after all, we are running and working out and basically in shape!  If I'm going to wear a race t-shirt, I'd at least like it to be somewhat flattering.

 

 

So my question(s): Why are the shirts sizing larger and larger? Why are only mens cut t-shirts offered to women? If a race is only going to offer oversized sheets as the t-shirt, why isn't there a 'no shirt' option?

 

 

I hope I dont sound petty - it just seems like 'in this day and age' better options would exist then the traditional baggy mens tshirt for women.

 

 

  • dfitz* Legend 612 posts since
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    1. Mar 16, 2009 7:16 PM (in response to boadicea124)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

     

    I'm sure it's just a cost and logistics issue. Most of the races I enter are fundraisers or smaller community events, and they try to get the best deal on silkscreening at a local T-shirt shop with whatever brand/style of shirt they can get in bulk at an affordable price (i.e., usually Hanes Beefy T cotton, sometimes long-sleeved but usually short sleeve... very rarely a tech fabric unless it's a marathon, which I haven't done yet-!).  There wouldn't be time for race organizers to order gender-specific shirts in the right quantities based on registrations, and it would be more expensive. I'm fairly petite too but the t-shirt thing isn't important to me so I just accept it. I asked for a size small at the race I ran on Saturday, but they only had M, L, XL and they were oversized, like yours! I'm enjoying my ginormous "medium" as a nightgown.

     

     

  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    2. Mar 16, 2009 7:23 PM (in response to dfitz*)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

    In my experience there has been a good variety of shirts offered depending on the race. While most races do offer t-shirts, some do offer technical fabric race shirts. Sizing has never been a problem. I ask for a large and that is what I get. No oversizing.





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  • dfitz* Legend 612 posts since
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    3. Mar 16, 2009 7:38 PM (in response to Run Coach Robert)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

    Yeah, but you're a guy.     We girls know that "unisex" sizing means "men's".

  • crl8686 Legend 1,306 posts since
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    4. Mar 16, 2009 8:17 PM (in response to boadicea124)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

     

    Odds are there's also differences between particular brands of T-shirts and what's available in different parts of the country. I wear size women's small, and most of the T-shirts I've gotten at races (men's aka "unisex") fit me at least reasonably well. Some are a bit oversized, but not excessively so. Now size medium and up - that's another story.

     

     

    As for men's cut vs. women's cut, I wouldn't be surprised if women's shirts cost more than men's and so cost-conscious races won't order them.

     

     

    Some races (at least here in LA) do offer a no T shirt option, for an appropriate discount, but that's no fun...I always get the T-shirt. 

     

     





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  • dfitz* Legend 612 posts since
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    6. Mar 16, 2009 9:19 PM (in response to boadicea124)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

    There's a 12k race in Spokane, WA every May (http://www.bloomsday.org) that attracts 40,000 to 50,000 runners, and they have a pretty cool system for shirts. (I haven't done any other "big" races - maybe this approach is used elsewhere too.) Race finishers, whether running or walking, get a shirt with a comemmorative design that is kept a secret until race day. It's just a cotton T, but it says "Finisher" on it, which makes it worth keeping! When you get close to the finish line you start seeing runners who've already picked theirs up, and it's fun to finally get a glimpse of the color and design. The t-shirt pickup area is very well organized; you just get in line for the size you want (including Small! Yay!), and they move people through very fast. Then in recent years they've offered apparel in many styles for sale on their website that can be customized with a team name. They have the race logo and year, but are different from the "Finisher" shirts. Maybe the folks you saw in fancy shirts had ordered them somewhere.

  • dfitz* Legend 612 posts since
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    8. Mar 16, 2009 9:58 PM (in response to boadicea124)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

    Cool, a fellow Westerner (or former westerner-?)! I think you're only the second person I've encountered on these boards who has done Bloomsday. I finally qualified for the Yellow start group this year, which is still going to be painful, crowd-wise. But it is indeed fun! Enjoy your races and the quest for good shirts!!

  • RunDaddyRunx4 Legend 1,037 posts since
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    9. Mar 17, 2009 11:22 AM (in response to dfitz*)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

    Have you ever thought of putting some in a quilt.  I have one hanging in my house and love looking at it remembering some of those races.





  • Urbster Legend 760 posts since
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    10. Mar 17, 2009 3:02 PM (in response to RunDaddyRunx4)
    Re: Race Shirts - whats the deal?

    Yep I figured out the size thing real quick.  I'm 5'8, never been a small but the small size in race shirts fit me fine, even a bit over sized so on someone 5'5 it could be a dress.

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