Again we took the subway and this time we had to change to light rail to go to the expo at the ExCel building that is located in East London. When changing trains we caught sight of the Tower of London and of course this got me excited for race morning when we pass the tower during the race.
The expo opened at 11am and we were there at opening time. Our first stop was packet pickup and with only one runner ahead of me, this went very quickly.
|Only one runner in front of me at packet pickup!|
Unlike the big races in the US, there was far less official merchandise. This did not surprise me because we had run the Rock n Roll Dublin race in 2014, and that too had a limited selection. I did find a couple shirts, one tee and one tank for running. We would not get our race shirt until we had completed the 26.2 miles as part of our finisher gear. It surprised me that the shirts were unisex sizing so my small shirt is like a dress. Thankfully I got these other two tops at the expo. As you can see, I also purchased a tea towel and a #oneinamillion mug!
There were many opportunities for staged fun photos, probably more than I have seen at other races. Since it was the first day of the expo and not crowded, I took advantage of all of them!
|Loved the iconic double decker London bus!|
|the race medal in a jumbo size!|
|The finish line- should have been running in this one!|
|The fundraiser tally at the expo- they exceeded over 23,000,000 GBP|
There were plenty of booths with running supplies including shoes, gels, and clothing. Since I brought everything for race day, we moved fairly quickly past these. Tom was also my sidekick for the expo and since he is not a runner, I tried to move things along so he wouldn't get bored. We also were ready for lunch!
|3 down and 3 to go of the World Marathon Majors!|
|Found this in our hotel room one afternoon and yes, they spoiled us!|
|The Mall finish area two days prior to the marathon|
|Our first day walking in St James Park. Can you spot the London eye in the background?|
|Of course we wore our medals and newly earned finisher jackets!|
|Kensington Palace Gardens|
|Tuesday morning at the Tower Bridge before our flight home to the US|