Race tshirts - is this typical?

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Dec 2014
12:58pm, 12 Dec 2014
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I like the Welsh races as they not only ask you to specify a size, but so far in my experience, the shirt is waiting for you at the registration, in the right size.

All other shirts I get a re large or XL so these go to his lordship, who doesn't run
Dec 2014
1:11pm, 12 Dec 2014
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The only time I was miffed about this was when I did the Dublin Marathon and all they had left was XL. It's too big even for nightwear!
Dec 2014
1:33pm, 12 Dec 2014
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I also got landed with a L (Droiwich HM) when I am a M - but I think at the end of the day if you do a lot of races you end up with loads of T shirts (both tech and non-tech) so I'm not too bothered if one of them is a little baggy. Can just be for the garden/slobbing around the house. I think it probably means paying more to get more accurate sizing and at the end of the day I would rather pay less for races.
Dec 2014
9:18pm, 13 Dec 2014
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Or ditch the t shirt altogether if general consensus is they don't get worn? I wonder whether you shoudl be able to specify on the entry form if you require t shirt and or medal and if not, get some sort of reduction in entry fees. I'm a UK size 12 and I'd pick men's size medium
Dec 2014
9:59pm, 13 Dec 2014
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Scott S
I got a medium in the NY marathon and to be honest, small may have been better.

Went to the finisher tent the following day to buy some gear and by 9am, 90% of what was left, men's clothing wise, was XL.....exactly how many runners wear XL? Can't say I saw a single person in the marathon that would be anything above a medium as they were skinny..
Dec 2014
11:32pm, 13 Dec 2014
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Thankfully most race organising committees put an absolute dog shit design on them so you won't want to wear it anyway.

As for XL, my XL club vest was always a very snug fit even when I was knocking out mara's and ultra's.

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