Kathleen Taylor and Aiden Jaquez
I bought my first Blue Diamond athletic display years ago when the company first started. (I wasn’t sure of the year). I met Nell at a local race and fell in love with the displays. When Aiden started accumulating medals Blue Diamond made him a custom display which he loves. I think I’ve bought a total of 5 displays. They are the best. The craftsmanship is beyond amazing and I love supporting a local small business. Aiden and I are in the process of running a half marathon in every state. Aiden ran his first half marathon at age 6 and will finish his 50th in October 2019 at the age of 11, thus setting a world record to be the youngest to do so. Next up… is Rehoboth Beach half December 8; Louisiana half in January; Love chocolate half in Georgia in February and Myrtle Beach half in March. Aiden has walked away with quite a few awards at various races. He set a new PR on thanksgiving at the Fox and the Turkey 4 miler with a time of 31:22. His mile time is 7:22. Read more “Kathleen Taylor and Aiden Jaquez”
Accomplishments: Abbott World Marathon Majors 6 Star Boston 2 Big Sur Dopey Challenge 2 IRONMANs 6 IRONMAN – 70.3s 2 Oceanman Cozumel 10 KM Over 30 Marathons under 4 hours 2019 events: Tokyo Marathon London Marathon Berlin Marathon Chicago Marathon Oceanman Cozumel 10 KM El Cruce Cancún – Isla Mujeres 10 KM *With Chicago Marathon I will become the first Mexican with TWO rounds of Abbott World Marathon Majors. I always strive for the best training, the best nutrition, the best equipment, and the best races. The circle is now complete owning with the very best stainless steel medal displays in the world, by Blue Diamond Athletic Displays.
I’ve been running for some 37 years now, since I was a freshman in high school. I ran some OK times as a younger man including a 1:12:57 half marathon and 2:36:57 for the marathon. As a master I’ve run under 3 hours for the marathon a handful of times including a 2:59:43 at CIM in 2016 at age 49. I’m planning on running the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Spokane On December 8th and then half marathon races in January and in early March. After that I plan to try to switch gears and run some shorter, faster races in the sing and summer and will probably look to run a ‘fast’ half marathon in the fall. No full marathons on my… plate right now. I just plan to get healthy and hopefully run fast! I am a fan of Blue Diamond because they make great products that are customized for runners around the world, but I’m an even bigger fan of the people behind the products. Blue Diamond is a company founded by runners FOR runners. Ken and Nell and their family are all the most incredible hard working people. I love to hear them celebrating the accomplishments of the folks who buy their products, but I also love to hear the stories of how their company has grown over the years. They’ve become the official medal display suppliers for some very big races and that’s amazing to see. I know how hard they’ve all worked to get where they are today. Read more “Dave Ross”
My name is Andy Querio and I live in Aurora, IL. I have been a very happy customer of Nell and Ken at Blue Diamond Athletic Displays since their beginning. But, more than that, I have been proud and good friends with both of them over these many years. I’ve watched them sprout from a small seed and continue to grow over the years to where they help runners across the country proudly display their many accomplishments. The product speaks for itself – solid, heavy duty, and unique to each runner’s tastes. They both understand and get runners, aware of what makes us tick, and work with each individual. Nell and Ken worked with my idea and helped create a special medal display for my… special year of 12 half-marathons in 2015. They also, made another unique design that they worked with me to make to support the team I run with – Team DetermiNation, an endurance fundraising part of the American Cancer Society where each athlete on the team participates in races and raises money to support the mission of ACS. I’ve run 13 marathons and many half-marathons as part of this team “making every mile more meaningful” over the last 20 years – with Nell and Ken being great supporters of me and this mission. This next year, building on my 69.1 Half-Ironman Duathlon, to tackle marathon #14 and my first 70.3 Half-Ironman, I’m sure I will be ringing Nell’s phone to que up a new display. In summary, Nell and Ken and the Blue Diamond Athletic Display team are a terrific example of a family owned business doing great things and very happily, proudly, and passionately supporting the sport and the community they love. Read more “Andy Querio”
I’m a mom of two, I work 2 jobs, and my passion is running. I run six days/week, and strength & cross train 7 days/week in addition. I’ve been running since high school, but not until my (now 21 year old) daughter ran her 1st cross country race, did I consider putting on a race bib. I just finished my 12th marathon in Corning, New York in September. I’m now training for my 13th marathon – Carmel, IN in March 2019. To me, the medal at the finish line represents far more than the 26.2 miles on race day. It’s the reward for 16-18 weeks of 4:30 am wake-ups, outdoor runs in sometimes brutal conditions, 50+ miles/week and cross training to exhaustion. When I bring… that medal home it’s not going to be hidden in a drawer, forgotten. When I first saw Blue Diamond’s medal displays I was instantly drawn to the sleek, modern lines, and quality materials. They are very unique, I’ve never seen anything that comes close to their style and quality! Not only are Blue Diamond’s displays top quality, so are the people of Blue Diamond! Ken & Nell and their family are warm, personable, and they truly give back to the running community. As runners, they understand the sacrifice of training, and they make their own sacrifices to create beautiful, one of a kind displays that enhance any home. They truly understand what runners want, and they offer seamless customer service along with their fine products. Read more “Terri”
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