April 23, 2015

Boston Marathon Expo Highlights

On Friday at 1:45, our group of four, Christine, Adam, Alison and I were ready to hit the Hynes Auditorium Convention Center expo by storm.  Our race passports were in our bags, ID cards were ready and it was finally time to pick up the coveted bib for the Boston Marathon.  But before we went to bib pickup, we had plans to shop the expo, and shop we did.

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!

One of my favorite moments of the expo was meeting Katherine Switzer. Runners are such friendly people and despite our awe of her accomplishments she greeted us like long lost friends.   We had a lovely time chatting with her about running Boston and she even wondered what the time qualifying was for Alison's age group since it is also hers!  She posed with us for a photo and signed a copy of her book for me as well.

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!
Pam

19 comments:

  1. So glad you had aa great expo experience in Boston! Can't wait to read more!

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  2. What a great way to kick off your Boston marathon weekend! Big expos full of lots of excitement are always so much fun!

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  3. I'll bet the expo was AWESOME! You got some great stuff! I know I wouldn't be able to contain myself when it came to expo purchases, haha. You guys look super excited. Can't wait to read about your race!

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  4. Ahhh! How fun!! Love that you got to a Sox game too!!

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  5. HOW FUN! What a great experience and great swag too!

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  6. What an exciting adventure. I can't wait to read about the rest of your trip :)

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  7. so much fun! can't wait to hear more about your adventures

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  8. Glad you had a wonderful time in Boston! I met Katherine Switzer at the NYC Marathon Expo and felt the same way! She talked to everyone like she had known us forever.

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  9. Ahhh! Your race swag is awesome. I've always loved unicorns, even before I was crazy about horses, and I LOVE that a unicorn is their mascot. That hoodie is great.

    If I am ever able to do Boston, I'd go insane at the expo.

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  10. Oh how fun, and great pictures!
    I don't hang out at expo's very long, but if I ever got into Boston I think this would be one I would take my time with:) and I know I would actually splurge and buy more than I should:)

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  11. If nothing else, I would definitely need the coffee mug! The lobster pic is so cute. I can't wait to hear about the race.

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  12. I had to defer my entrance this year b/c I'm nine months pregnant and that would NOT have made for a good race! But I did buy the Lobster sneaks. I'll train all year in them and be ready for next year!!! So cool that y'all met Katherine Switzer! She is such an icon and such a hero for women runners everywhere!!!! Congrats to you both for an awesome race!!!!!

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  13. Meeting Meb would have been the highlight for me. He is such an inspiration!

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  14. Wow! What an amazing expo! And meeting Katherine and Meb had to have been awesome!!!

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  15. The pictures tell it all - everyone was so excited! You can feel the energy. My favorite of the bunch are the ones Christine took of you and your sister each picking up your bibs.

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  16. Looks like a great expo. Some very nice swag too.

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  17. Looks like you had a great time! Katherine Switzer is so nice - I met her at a small race in Vermont and she could not have been nicer!

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  18. I love your re-telling of the moment when you received your bib! Such an exciting accomplishment! Katherine Switzer seems like such a nice lady! :)

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