Thursday, April 30, 2015

Boston Marathon Expo Fun

The day before the Boston Marathon, I got to work the Skirt Sports booth at the expo.  This had me more excited than I have been in a long time. I was so happy when Emily of Runs with Hope became an ambassador because that meant we could go together.

My alarm went of super early, but I had slept well and felt good.  I met Emily and she drove to the bus station which took us to the T.  Figuring the T out was a little confusing but once we got on the right one, going in the right direction, it was easy.
On the bus heading to Boston.
Ready to work!

As soon as we were off the T, we saw Boston marathon runners everywhere. It was easy to find the Convention Center and the Skirt Sports booth. We changed into the newest Skirt Sports Products and soon after the doors opened for all the runners.

There is nothing like a marathon expo. It is exciting and fun. Heartwarming and motivating. But the Boston expo took it to the next level.  I was so happy to be there. It was amazing to hear everyones story.  Stories about the struggle to qualify or the reasons they were running for charity. The charity stories get me every time.

I was thrilled to meet Noelle of Skirt Sports in person. She was so nice and super cute.  I did miss meeting the founder of Skirt Sports, Nicole DeBoom because she was at an awards ceremony.  Her husband is now part of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame!  A big congratulations to him!

I also got to meet Laura of Mommy, Run Fast. We have been friends on the computer since 2012. She was running her first Boston and I was so happy to be able to wish her a good race in person.  And a good race was what she had!

Elizabeth Comeau of Runner's World and Zelle, came by to say hi to me. It was great to meet her in person too.  It is so nice when your computer friends become your real friends.

The biggest thrill of the weekend though, was meeting Kathrine Switzer.  She was so kind and cute.  She was genuinely interested in what you had to say. She took photos, signed books, race bibs and shirts.  She even made a video for one gentlemen's daughter.  We had to cut the line off and that was really hard to do.  I think we were able to accommodate almost everyone.  If you haven't looked at the 261 Fearless line yet, just click on the Skirt Sports link to the right and use the discount under it.  You can also get Kathrine's book there and I highly recommend it.
Kathrine signing my book and me looking like I am in love.  Well, I kind of am...
Katrine speaking to the crowd of runners.
Giving a little history. I am holding up the sign.
The whole group!

My favs so far are the the Switzer Skirt and the Kathrine Tank and the Courage Capri.

Once Emily and I were finished working the booth, we took some time to walk around the expo. So many great vendors!  We had fun but it was so very crowded.  I was getting tired and hungry, so we said our goodbyes to the Skirt ladies and went on our way.  We found a great little sandwich place and then we headed home to Rhode Island.

It was an exhausting day but so much fun. I hope I get the chance to do it again.

Marathon Monday, we stayed home and watched the race. I knew a few people running so I was tracking them. Such a challenging day to run with the wind and rain, but they all finished and I am so happy for each of them.

Have you ever worked an expo before? Did you run Boston? How was your race?

I am just a few days out from running the Philadelphia Broad Street run and I have really been looking forward to this race.  I know it will be an amazing weekend and I can't wait to tell you all about it.

Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole

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