We left for Disney on Thursday, stopped halfway and spent the night, then got up Friday morning, early, and drove straight to the expo!
There were SO many people there. We realized once we got there that lunchtime on Friday is a BAD time to go. This is when they were having a lot of the kids festivities, and it was wall to wall people. I started getting a little nervous, as I don’t do well in huge crowds sometimes!
We picked up our bibs, and then headed to get our t-shirts and bags, and buy some merchandise!
I was so excited to get to buy some marathon merchandise. I got an “I did it” shirt, marathon sweatshirt and another shirt as well as a marathon mug.
Honestly, I was a little bummed about the Disney merchandise. I thought the I Did It shirt could have been cuter, and wish it said “26.2” on it. The colors were also weird and I didn’t think they went together well. I like my comfy sweatshirt though, but didn’t like that for the marathon they only had white, for the half only black, etc. As for men, Bobby wanted a SHORT SLEEVED t-shirt that said 26.2, and there were none, so he settled on one that just said “marathon" and was a wicking material. I was able to use my Annual pass discount and Disney Visa discount which was nice.
We got into the part with all the other booths, it was so packed I wasn’t even able to enjoy it. We got Bobby some yurbuds, I stopped by the running skirts booth, and we stopped at One More Mile to get our 26.2 car stickers! I also got a free issue of Women’s running magazine, and we checked out a couple of other booths that we could actually walk into. After aimlessly walking around for a few minutes, I realized it was way to hard to even see anything, so we decided to leave. Disney needs to figure out something…either have the expo in a bigger arena, or not as many booths, I’m not sure. But, if it wasn’t so crowded, I probably would have stayed longer and bought more things!
The good news is that the weather was absolutely beautiful! I was hoping it would hold out through Sunday!
After the expo we went to lunch at the Grand Floridian Café and tried to relax. After that, we went to the Wilderness Lodge to Check in and ran into these two, who we met up with while they had a quick bite to eat before they headed to the expo!
We chatted and took some pictures before they headed out.
I am waiting to get some pictures before I do my actual race recap, because if I did it now I would have only a couple of iPhone pictures! but it is coming! I promise!
QOTD: Do you like going to the race expo when you race?