July 8, 2014

ZOOMA Napa Valley: Expo, Parties & Swag, Oh My!

One of the coolest aspects of the ZOOMA race events is the fact that they truly are a weekend event.  The race expos take place in the days leading up to the race, there's a mocktail party the night before and a post-race bash.  And all of these events were included with your race entry.  How fabulous is that?!  So let's chat about them, shall we?

The Expo
The expo was held in two locations, San Francisco on Thursday night and Napa on Friday afternoon, which was a pretty brilliant move if you ask me.  It accommodated both the "locals" from San Fran and anyone coming out to Napa for the race for the weekend.  We attended the expo on Friday afternoon which was at the Napa Valley Marriott…we walked down the hall from our room, which was a lovely perk of staying at the race host resort!  The expo was small but featured relevant, female runner-oriented vendors including Bia sport, Athleta, ZOOMA, and Honest Tea.  We enjoyed perusing the merchandise, chatting with the race pacers, and testing out new products.
Pretty typical packet pick-up
Loved the ZOOMA merchandise.  I totally would have bought
the pink tank except they were out of my size.  Bummer!
The Swag
ZOOMA definitely emphasizes a quality swag bag as part of their race entry and it didn't disappoint!  Each runner received a race-specific tech shirt, ZOOMA hat, Feetures socks, and a ZOOMA bag.  We also picked up some other freebies at the expo including travel Advil packets (brilliant!), Emergen-C, an Athleta headband and hair tie, and a Luna protein bar.  I also picked up several gels and some more nuun.  Gotta love expo prices!


Mocktail Party
Later that evening, we cleaned up a bit for the Mocktail party that was by the pool area and was also held at the Marriott.  Since this party was an official event for the weekend, we anticipated that there would be some ZOOMA reps there to keep people entertained, maybe sell entries to other races, and whatnot.  We were surprised to find that the only people who were really "in charge" of the party were the bartenders from Honest Tea.  And in fact, we didn't even find any of the race ambassadors but we could have simply missed them.
One of the most parts of the party - fun photos!
We enjoyed a mocktail that was made using the lemon lime Honest Tea, some juice and grenadine.  It was pretty darn tasty!  I also enjoyed some of the fruit they had set out but since we had recently eaten dinner, I wasn't terribly interested in most of the snacks.

And there were more freebies at this party!  We each picked up several Kind healthy grains bars and our awesome green shades.  There were some other snacks and generally it was a fun, relaxing event and a nice way to chill out the night before the race.

Post-Race Pool Party
Now when it comes to parties, the post-race party was the main event.  There was an area set up with food - bananas, apples, and wrap sandwiches inside.  The ladies of Goose Cross were hosting a wine tasting with several of their wines.  They also were giving out 2-for-1 coupons for a tasting at the vineyard….we took advantage of this later in the week!  There was also a live band and many of the other vendors from the expo were set up on the other side of the pool for al fresco shopping and product testing.  There were also massages on the other side of the pool and a yoga session under a shady area with trees.  The massage line was pretty long and it was really hot so we didn't stay very long.  And not to mention that after nearly 2 days of avoiding the vineyards before the race, they were calling our names!
A little wine by the pool
The fun events that ZOOMA hosted as part of the race weekend definitely added to the race experience.  And since they were included in your race registration, they were low pressure.  If you weren't able to stay long or fully take advantage of any of the food or beverages offered, it was no big deal.

If you're interested in reading about the race, you can check out my recap here.

Would "extras" like the ZOOMA events be a draw for you to sign up for a race?
{Christine}

6 comments:

  1. Those are really cute race shirts and I love the medal!

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  2. You got some really cute pictures! And Yes, having the expo at two locations is genius!

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  3. How fun!! This makes me want to do a Zooma event even more now!

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  4. Wow - it looks like Zooma really knows how to put on a race!

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  5. They definitely know how to put on a race. We didn't have one of those post race pool parties in Annapolis :( Bummer! Looks like fun!

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  6. Wow! What an event - I love that their races aren't the only thing they focus on...the after party sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing! I'll keep my eye open for Zooma races in the future!

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