Our first stop was to procure our race bibs and shirts and the lines were tiny. I waited for two people and Joanne walked right up to the volunteer for her bib number.
|Joanne was camera shy so you just get yours truly!|
Next we moved into the official merchandise area. It was here that we noticed it was crowded. The merchandise however, was plentiful and spread nicely over a very large area. If you saw an item you wanted on one rack and your size wasn't available, you just needed to turn around and there would be another rack nearby with the same style and more sizes. There were loads of shirts, jackets, hats, visors and all sorts of merchandise to purchase with the NYC Marathon logo. Joanne and I had not planned on buying anything until we spotted these beauties.
We both tried on jackets and chose the same color and style. Then we got in line to pay and the fun began! What we did not realize was the line snaked around a massive area, only to continue after going past a wall. It probably took 45 minutes for us to pay for the jackets and yes, I bought hers and she bought mine, We are both superstitious.
|A glimpse of the lines|
After spending a few hours shopping and paying for things it was time to have lunch. Considering the number of runners and the size of the space, we both thought the expo was well done and very organized. The volunteers from the time you entered the building to exiting were professional and courteous. Large race expos can be overwhelming, but this one was manageable and fun. I already have plans to return and hopefully arrive at the expo when it opens next time!