Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 1,308: A cavalcade of running

CHICAGO -- Today was expo day for the Rock'n'Roll Chicago Half Marathon. After a nice 4-mile run in the Bemis Woods Forest Preserve, we ended up downtown.

It was one of the best expos I've been to. Mainly because McCormick Place is a pretty big space and it didn't have a super crowded feel to it.

And Brooks, the running shoe maker, added creatively to what's normally a bazaar of stalls of people trying to sell you things.

Their take on it was the "Cavalcade of Curiosities," which was a carnival set up. You filled out a drawing a the "Tickets" booth, then went to see what you won instantly. I won a neat blue Brooks water bottle. My mom and the fiancee won "Running Freak" bumper stickers.

They had other games as well and a running "fortune teller" booth. Plus another drawing for shoes at a carnival sideshow called the "Human Jesus Lizard." It was kind of Brooks running company meets Dead Red Redemption.

Brooks had cool shirts and other items to buy -- I bought another Chicago Half Marathon wicking T-shirt and a like-themed guitar magnet.

They were offering $55 entries to next year's Chicago Half Marathon (Aug. 21, 2011) but I couldn't pull the trigger. That's because I can't wait to run in tomorrow's race.

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