So, one of the events I look forward to during the marathon is the Expo. This is where you pick up your number and chip, and also receive a packet full marathon-related items, including the long sleeve shirt the BAA gives all the runner each and every marathon. There are hundreds of vendors and several thousand enthusiastic runners, along with their families and friends, that attend. You could spend hours perusing through all of the wares that are presented here. It’s quite a chaotic scene, and to me, is a bit overwhelming.
First things first, I was elated that they FINALLY did away with the cotton version and replaced it with a real running shirt. Plus, they are now making them gender-specific, so that’s a plus. Here’s what it looks like:
I like tradition, and this holds true of the Boston Marathon. Every year, after picking up my packet, I make a bee line to the Adidas section of the Expo and buy an official jacket. In years past, they’ve been both bad (2000 & 2001) and good (2002 & 2007). This year, I was a little disappointed. I ended up getting a nice fitting jacket, which the assistance of my lovely fiancee Carol, but when I got it home and washed it, some of the BAA marathon logo started to peel off and crack. I’m debating whether or not to bring it back, but the Expo is such a zoo, that I really don’t want to go anywhere near that place again. Anyway, here’s the jacket:
Considering Carol was with me, and this was her first trip to the Expo, I thought it might be nice to meander around a bit. I usually don’t do this, as I just get my packet, but the jacket and then make a bee line to grap some lunch. We walked around for a bit, but just found it too crowded, so headed over to the Other Side for some lunch. Yummy!
So, all of the necessary items (number, chip, etc) are placed in a BAA bag that has a nice strap so you can easily throw it over your shoulder and lug it around the Expo. It also lets everyone know that you’re running the Boston Marathon as you stroll through the Expo and Back Bay. This bag also doubles as a duffel bag that you can use to ferry your items from the start line to the finish line. The BAA provides buses for this, and you MUST use this bag to have your items placed on the bus (they also give you a sticker with your bib number to affix to the bag). Unfortunately, it’s not made all that strongly. Each year, I have to use duct tape to hold it together. Hey what do you want for free?!
So, on a fundraising note, I was happy to reach the $2000 mark in my fundraising. I saw a great line for a charitable organization advertising in the 2009 Boston Marathon Official Program that states “If you think training for a marathon is hard, try fundraising in today’s economy.” How very, very accurate.
Finally, here’s my number and timing chip:
Oh, and yes, a gratuitous photo of Durga: