As we entered the building, after waiting 10 minutes in line, we were allowed to enter the vendor areas. Wow, this was going to be an expo adventure like no other. It went on for what seemed like miles and I doubt we covered all the booths. But we did get to the ones that we thought were most important and yes, I was prepared with a shopping list!
Our first stop was at Brooks Running and of course this made me happy to see the lobstah Boston Marathon shoes on display. Their expo booths are always so creative and fun and this one did not disappoint. They had a photo booth where you could wear funny lobster gear so of course we had to ham it up for the camera!
After perusing some merchandise at City Sports, we found the Runner's World booth and they had a camera area set up for a new cover shot. Christine encouraged us to to participate and here are the results of that and yea, we are not cover material #oldladyrunners
Soon we found the Nuun Hydration booth and the Boston themed bottle this year is so cute. Of course I bought a few tubes of Nuun so I could get the free bottle. Adam wanted to visit the Sam Adams booth and test the 26.2 beer. After that, he had his fill of the expo and went back to the hotel to make some work calls. The girls shopped on, and on and on. Or rather this girl did! The official merchandise booth had some great apparel choices and since our jackets had already been purchased as birthday gifts from our other two siblings, we did not need to try any on for size. The booth was busy with excited marathon runners and many people were trying on all sorts of stuff from hoodies, shirts, shorts etc. It was a sea of royal purple and orange along with the traditional blue and yellow Boston colors.
|Love my new beverage containers!|
Now after expo exhaustion started to set in, we headed to the bib pick up. I could hardly contain my excitement and honestly the place was not very busy at 3:30 pm on Friday. With no line at all, Alison and I went straight up to our numbered area for the highlight of the visit. I might have jumped up and down and squealed just a little when she handed me my bib! Alison was all smiles too and then Christine took a photo of us at the wall!
After a great afternoon it was time for a Red Sox game to celebrate Tom's birthday while Alison and I attended the Meb for Mortals book talk with Meb!