Mary Baum

The Chicago Marathon Race Expo

It’s official – I am ready to run the Chicago Marathon!

We got into the city early Friday morning, so we had plenty of time to play around yesterday, and were able to make it to the expo before the crowds hit. We even got a nice warm welcome at the airport!

 My sister-in-law lives in Chicago, and was super pumped for our arrival as well. She is pretty darn crafty, and got creative with our welcome sign. It brought a huge smile to my face!

Anyhow, back to the expo! A word of advice – get in town on Friday instead of Saturday for this marathon. The expo was incredibly enjoyable! I didn’t have to wait in a line for anytime at all. It was pretty bare actually…

The volunteers all mentioned that they were expecting the majority of people to get their packets today (Saturday), knew everything was going to get crazy. I was able to get my bib within about 3 minutes from walking through the front doors. I brought my registration card that was mailed to me, and went to my sectioned bib number line. The volunteer grabbed by confirmation card, and grabbed my race number. She then proceeded to scan it with this…

The technology that was used to double and triple check that the correct race credentials were given to the right runner was pretty impressive. The information that pertained to me popped up immediately, and I knew it was all perfect! Then I went and grabbed my race-shirt and swag bag, which was located all the way in the back of the expo hall. It was kind of a pain to have to walk through all of the vendors to get the second part of the packet, but it wasn’t too bad since there were no lines. I would imagine that people who went today probably had a different experience! I grabbed my shirt, and was off to explore!

There were a lot of good vendors that had their best race gear there. Nike, the sponsor of the race, had more race specific gear than I have seen at any other expo. They had the most fun colors for their tops, but I had my eyes set on something else!

I found my marathon coffee mug! I have so many things from everything that I have run over the years, so I don’t usually buy much at the expo. I do love to see everything that the vendors and sponsors have though!

And the absolute best part of it all – the race conditions!

The marathon team has been sending out emails all week letting the participants know what to expect on race day. This year, I got unbelievable lucky with great conditions. Past years have been in the high risk conditions, but this year is ideal running weather.

After doing my shakeout run this morning, I FINALLY feel like I am ready to race!! My legs are loose and rested, my head is clear, and I am ready to conquer 26.2 miles for the 7th time!

Bring it on Chicago Marathon!!


4 Responses

  1. Julianna @ Julianna Bananna
    Julianna @ Julianna Bananna October 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm |

    GOOD LUCK! i know you’re going to do amazingly!

  2. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes October 7, 2012 at 7:15 am |

    Great pictures, Mary, and have a great race!! :)

  3. Wendy @ Sadpony Running
    Wendy @ Sadpony Running October 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

    Looks awesome! Enjoy the race, I can’t wait to read your recap!


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