Next we headed upstairs. I was dying to find out my race number!! I'm kinda stereotypical about my race numbers... I like them to be ODD numbers, so I literally jumped for joy when I saw #175 by my name. Yes, people look at me weird...
|Women's race shirt... Men's were burgundy with gray.|
We wandered around the expo a bit. It was pretty busy and the kids weren't having it, so I picked up a pair of compression leg sleeves and we were out the door. Thankfully, we were able to check into the Radisson hotel early. Just as we got everything up to the room, my parents arrived from Wisconsin. Together we enjoyed a nice lunch at the River House (Yum!) and then headed back for the Kids Micro-Marathon.
We've taken the kids to quite a few "kids races" and let me tell you... this one was EXCELLENT! We arrived a half hour before race time. They had several bouncy houses going, a DJ, and a couple dancers who put on a rockin' show for the kids. There were several mascots from area businesses who mingled, played, and danced with the kids. They even put on their own mascot race. My girls were in heaven.
As they prepared for the race, I really liked it how they explained race etiquette to the kids. "If someone falls down in front of you, you don't run them over. Instead, you stop and offer a hand to help them up." They went on to talk about how it's not a race against other kids, but instead a run to see how good YOU can do.
So both my Big Girl and Little Girl lined up to do the 1/4 mile race. Big Girl took off and I stayed back and ran along with Little Girl. Grandma and Grandpa were waiting with cheering signs down the riverpath, while Daddy waited at the finish line.
Big Girl continued on to do the second race, the 1/2 mile. By time she was done with that, she was pretty tuckered out... but both girls proud of their medals.
|Hubby landed the job of handing out the race medals to the kids!|
(Yes, he's wearing Happy Joe's dog ears... Isn't he fun?!)
After an afternoon of fun like that, my girls were tuckered out. While they took a short nap, my parents and I found coffee and discussed "the plan" for race day... our time schedule, reviewed the course map and ventured outside to watch the crew setting up the start/finish line.
|The finish line is ready for me!|
In the evening, my parents entertained the kids with swimming and card games while hubby and I headed back to the Race Expo for the Pasta Dinner & Speakers. The pasta was okay, as expected in a large banquet setting. I went with the Penne style that had a marinara sauce with mushrooms and tomatoes in it. We also got flatbread, cookie and drinks. I thought the table centerpieces were kinda cool...
The speakers was TOP-NOTCH!! First, we were introduced to all the elites in the room. Then two-time Olympian Arturio Barrios gave an entertaining recount of his first road race in America. Barrios has set five world records, including the first to run a half marathon in less than an hour. Yeah, he's pretty amazing stuff!
Next up was none other than Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner's World. His talk was not only entertaining, but down right inspirational! He's a true legend in the running world, and I highly recommend hearing him speak if you ever get the opportunity. I had a chance earlier that morning to talk with Bart at the expo, where he signed my copy of his book, My Life on the Run.
Anxious for race day to arrive, I went to bed before 9:00pm. Between my anxious nerves and six people trying to
snore sleep in one room, it was a rough night of sleep...
Race Day recap to come soon!