We have a non-profit organization called Kakes 4 Kids. Once a year, we do a 5K to raise funds. This year we wanted to add a 1st/2nd/3rd place podiums. I decided that this needed to be done "cheaply" so I went behind an electrician warehouse to check on their trash dumpster. I found some cable spools and I took them apart.
I also found some 4x4s that I cut to fit my idea.
I then painted, carpeted and wrapped each podium with a plastic sheet I picked up for $20, and printed up 3 labels to place on the side. Here is the result: