November 4, 2015

New York City Marathon Expo

The TCS New York City Marathon expo was one of the events I was really looking forward to as Joanne and I traveled to the city Friday morning.  After dropping our luggage at the hotel and organizing our tote bags, we took an Uber car to the Jacob Javits Convention Center where the race expo was held.

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!
We were advised to check the sticker on our bib carefully because it included not only your race number and Wave/Corral, but also your transportation information and post race choice of either baggage check or poncho.  Several friends with prior NYC Marathon experience had told me to choose poncho and I was so happy I did. (More on that in my race recap) One great feature was the opportunity to try on shirts prior to choosing your size.


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 such a long wait, we decided to look for a couple vendors that were of interest.  I wanted the logo Nuun Hydration bottle and she needed some nutrition for race day.


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!


(Pam)

34 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read your race recap! I am so glad to hear how much you loved this race. It's weird, hearing how much everyone loves it all the time really makes me question why I didn't?! Love the jackets too, I don't remember what color they were last year, but I don't remember liking them enough to want one.

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    1. Danielle everyone has different expectations and goals for races and I think my attitude was really good for this one. You know my experience from MCM was less than stellar last year, yet everyone seems to love that race. I plan to run it again sometime in the hopes that I can appreciate as much as so many other runners do.

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    1. Me too and especially now that I am back home. Sometimes you regret expo purchases, but not this time.

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  3. Sounds like this is the Mecca of race expos! Love the bridge back drop! So funny that you bought each other's jacket! So glad you decided to purchas something for yourselves, afterall it IS the NYC marathon! -M

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    1. I actually liked the Boston Marathon expo more, but maybe because we were there early and spent more time.

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  4. so glad you got to go to this race, looks like a great expo!

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    1. It was a wonderful race experience from start to finish!

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  5. Sure you weren't at a Disney expo? Haha! I love that the bib line was so short, but sorry about the merchandise line! Sounds like a fun expo despite it all...and I love that y'all bought each other's jackets! LOL

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    1. Yes, the Disney expos are crazy, but this one seemed far more civilized then the Dumbo Dare expo from the inaugural year. That expo was scary with so many unhappy people.

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  6. The Chicago marathon expo was super packed too! The line at the Nike booth was really long. I opted to order my pullover online. And sadly, I paid full price...

    Looking forward to your recap!

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    1. I hope to run Chicago next year so that is great information. I may need to get there at opening!

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  7. Ooh... that jacket looks really cool! I love that you guys bought each others jackets :)

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    1. Yes, a little pre race superstition, but we happily purchased for each other!

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  8. I love enormous expos, like a lot. This one sounds amazing.:)

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    1. I find huge expos both exciting and a bit overwhelming. If we had been smart, we would have gone after lunch.

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  9. I agree about the expo. It was so well organized and there was so much to buy. Too bad we couldn't connect since we were there at the same time. next year!

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    1. We definitely will connect when we are in the same city again Darlene. Glad you had a great weekend.

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  10. Sounds like a great expo experience, Pam. I like that they let you try on the race shirts before you were committed to a size. And it sounds like the official merchandise was plentiful. Can't wait to read your race recap!

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    1. It really was a fun expo. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by race expos, but this one we both enjoyed so much. In the future though, I will not be close to mealtime, because that definitely made our visit shorter, which probably kept me out of trouble with my wallet!

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  11. So excited to hear about your race! NYC is one of my must dos, especially after living there.

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    1. Yes, every marathon runner needs to add this to their bucket list. I bet you can get a spot through qualifying too. Qualifications are easier than Boston

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  12. Sounds like an amazing race expo!!!

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    1. And one where you can get into serious wallet trouble if you are not careful!

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  13. I can't comment on your blog when I'm on my work computer. I don't know why, because it's so much better than my laptop. Anyway, I can't wait to read your recap. I do like the jacket you picked out at the expo very much!

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    1. Thanks Holly. I'm hoping to have my recap done by Monday. Sometimes it takes me a little extra time to process everything post marathon.

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  14. Glad you enjoyed your expo experience! I liked that you bought each other's jackets - I was a bit nervous purchasing some of my Chicago and MCM gear before the actual race. Last year I did not purchase the jacket at the expo - wasn't sure if I wanted it. Then I saw everyone walking around it and decided they were too nice not to get - so I ordered one online :) Excited to read your recap!

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I really did not plan to buy a jacket, but honestly I am so happy that I did. It really is attractive in person!

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    2. Thanks Jenny. I really did not plan to buy a jacket, but honestly I am so happy that I did. It really is attractive in person!

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  15. I love those jackets! Looks like you guys had a great time at the expo and it was very well done with lots of cool merchandise (hooray for trying on the race shirts before, wish more would allow that!). Can't wait to read about the race when you are recovered and ready to write more.

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  16. I do love those jackets, so cute!
    This morning on Facebook I when it does those "remember a few years ago things" it had a picture I posted a few years back when I did the NYC marathon and it was the expo picture.
    I do remember those lines, I went to just buy a hat and I remember it took quite a while.
    Looking forward to hearing how the race went!

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  17. That jacket is awesome! So wait, what is the superstition about buying your own gear??

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  18. I just loved those jacket. Simply a wesome. I am planning to buy a jacket to use it in NY Tri Expo.Me too super exited to join there.

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