Last week, we attended the Rock n Roll Half Marathon St. Pete expo. We arrived much later than anticipated on Saturday due to rescuing a dog on the side of the highway. Upon arriving to the expo, I was frazzled and rushed with the emotional draining of the puppy rescue. We arrived at the Tropicana Field in St. Pete and was instantly dazzled. The expo was inside of the field, where the Tampa Bay Ray's play baseball. The concessions were open and people were walking around drinking beer (carb loading & hydrating)!
Brooks Running had a huge presence at the Rock n Roll Marathon Series. I was pleased that we were given a choice of female vs. unisex shirts. The shirts are tech by Brooks and had a design on the front an back. I opted for a Large as I was told they ran small. Plus, I hate when tech shirts are too tight around the neckline.
Brooks also had the Brooks Run Happy Cavalcade of Curiosity at this expo, a double-decker giving free running gait analyses, an Arcade of Oddities "museum" displaying running wonders such as the world’s biggest shoe, the legendary “Bunion Boy’s” malady preserved and pulsating in a jar, and other strange and memorable exhibits.
SportHooks had a booth there and it was nice to see all the different SportHooks offered. They will be in NOLA and Disney Princess next week as well!
I found the 2013 Rock n Roll World Tour poster. Gabe and I both said we wanted to do Savannah in November to get our Triple Crown but I see a few others on the list I wouldn't mind completing in 2013. Vegas?? Madrid?? Chicago?? Portugal?? Los Angeles?? Ireland?? Scotland?? hmmm.....
runDisney booth. I went over with puppy dog eyes begging to purchase an entrance to Disney's Double Dare. I was told "not a chance" with a big smile. I kick myself for not signing up at the WDW Marathon weekend. But I did get my obligatory runDisney medal lineup photo. No sign of the Dumbo medals at this time. Sorry folks.
All in all, I was very impressed with the Rock n Roll expo. There were a lot of vendors to speak with, a few of which I have never heard of before. There was a ton of merchandise available for sale. This is the largest marathon series I have ran other than runDisney. I came in with no expectations and left knowing that Rock n Roll is a contender in the expo world.