Lapel Pins Make Cause Races Special for Athletes and Supporters

By Caryn Smith © 2012, All Rights Reserved

When you’re planning your next race for the cause event, consider adding something special to the participants’ reward bags. The pink ribbon might be the most recognized awareness symbol around, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop there. With custom lapel pins, you have nearly unlimited design choices that can help your pins stand out, making for an unusual keepsake race participants will be honored to wear.

Make Your Gifts Truly Unique

Everyone who turns out on race day deserves recognition – participants, supporters, and sponsors alike. Cost-effective lapel pins make it easy to provide each of them with a stylish gift they’ll cherish for years.

Pins in the shape of your state with the pink ribbon overlaid make it clear where the race was held, and quickly become collectors’ items for those who participate in many such events. Sponsors will often increase donations if allowed to incorporate their logo on giveaway items. You can also consider slightly different designs for various race lengths – one depicting a 5k run and another for 10k, for example.

In addition, you can make sure everyone knows where to turn for help by creating a pin in a different color or shape, or that clearly says “Volunteer.” Not only will this aid in organization, but will help these critical members of your team take pride in the important work they do.

Special Rewards for the Winners

While everyone who participates receives a pin, it’s nice to provide those who finish with a separate, distinctive reward that indicates their accomplishment. First-, second-, and third-place winners should each receive a medal or pin marking their achievement and dedication to your cause as well. Metal plating such as bronze, silver, and gold colors are the traditional way to distinguish winners, but you might also choose to include various colors of gemstones, glitter, and other embellishments.

If you have participants or volunteers who join your annual event regularly, consider recognizing them with a special gift. They’ll know how much they’re appreciated when you present them with a lapel pin marking the occasion, and they’ll wear their pin proudly for years. Those who participate year after year will love their growing collection of pins, especially if each is marked with a colored stone or other indication of their ongoing commitment to your cause.

Lapel pins come in a wide variety of styles to suit every organization. Die-struck pins offer the classic look of engraved metal and are sophisticated and stylish, while soft enamel pins add color and perhaps a little whimsy to your design. Cloisonné has a fine jewelry look, and is perfect for intricate designs with many colors.

Most lapel pin manufacturers are online, so ordering custom pins is easy. Be sure to look for a manufacturer that offers top quality materials, free design work, custom color matching, and fast turnaround. Each pin should come individually packaged for protection during shipping, and should be available with your choice of attachments.

Caryn Smith is Manager of Signature Pins. When you need an affordable way to promote your campaign, lapel pins are an excellent option. Visit http://www.signaturepins.com today for custom lapel pins in just 10 days, guaranteed!

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