I’m never shy to admit that I’m a lover of expos, but it’s not much of a difficult admission to make. In the world of runners, expos would rank pretty high up there in favorite parts of race weekends for many of us. But to the non-running world, or the non-racing world, the word expo sounds remotely unappealing and much like an RV or boat show for your great uncle who didn’t make the effort to get out of his sweat pants when he left the house last Sunday.
In reality, they’re far from the boat shows or home expos that you may think of when the word expo comes up. They are open to the public, but one of the reasons all runners in a race attend the expo (if the race is bigger and/or is offering an expo), is because it’s usually mandatory and the place where we pick up race bibs, swag, timing chips, and anything necessary for the actual race day. Not all races have them, and some are better than others, but the one that I went to this weekend was my second all time favorite (falling behind Gasparilla, which will have a hard time losing its top ranking).
This weekend, I ran the RunDisney Princess Half Marathon with four girlfriends from Tampa, and we headed over to Disney the day before to attend the expo. Genna had made reservations for us all at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and though the room definitely was crammed with five people, we loved the decorations and themes. Disney does everything big!