October 6, 2012 by Lisa RunFastMama
We woke bright and early Friday morning and started our drive to Chicago at 6 am. I’ve learned my lesson in the past on this one. My husband owns his own business, so I either have us leave early or fly out. Otherwise, our 1pm departure could turn into 4 or 5 pm. That doesn’t make for a happy Mama. Especially when I take a vacation day from work.
We had an easy drive in, and traffic was light. It actually went by pretty quick. As we got closer to the city and saw the marvelous skyline, we were all pretty excited!
I got my bib and my ticket for the BABLO hospitality tent, and we proceeded though the D-Tag validation and out into the expo.
The expo was huge, but nicely laid out, with really wide isles.
Nike had a huge display of Chicago apparel as did New Balance, Mizuno, Saucony, North Face, Newton and more. My favorite, Brooks Running, had an a giant bowl of spaghetti that you could go in and get a free gait analysis as well as a meatball. Too cute! Note the guy playing the accordion too.
Of course, we had to stop by the RunDisney booth to oogle our next medals and took a look at some of the other Marathon bling on display too. The best bling I saw was the medal for Sunday!
There were a few signs, and t-shirts too that gave us a good laugh!