Upon arriving in Blacksburg Friday evening and checking into The Inn at Virginia Tech, the host location for the 2nd Annual Hokie Half Marathon & 5K Race Expo, Bill and I were greeted warmly by the staff who immediately asked us if we were there for the race. They reminded us that the expo would be the following day in the adjoining Holtzman Alumni Center.
Easels in the lobby displayed the following two posters, and added to the excitement of the race weekend ahead.
Eventually, we made our way to packet pick-up, and quickly grabbed our bibs and backpacks, and were directed onward for the rest of the expo.
Once in the the lecture hall, we picked up our shirts and had our bibs scanned to confirm that they were correct.
Bill and I both love our technical shirts, and I especially love that they had ladies cut v-necks available. The shirts are burnt orange, and gives us another orange shirt to wear to Orange Effect football games!
The race shirt has an image of runners running in front of the War Memorial Pylons, and the bib has the same image with little turkey tracks all across it.
Both Blacksburg Physical Therapy Associates and Dowell Chiropractic had booths set up offering information to runners.
We also looked through the merchandise that RunAbout Sports, one for the sponsors of the race, had for sale. We had just stopped by their store two weeks ago when we were in town for a game, and didn’t see anything new that we needed, so we made our way out of the expo.
Upon leaving the expo, we realized that if we had just walked around the outside of the building, and gone in the back doors, we could have found our way to expo without having to fight all of the little bugs flitting around!
We left the expo to walk downtown for lunch at Greek’s Cellar, one of our favorite pizza places when were at Tech.
Two slices of pizza and half of the spinach salad was a perfect pre-race lunch!
After relaxing for a while in our hotel room, we ordered carryout at Zeppoli’s Italian Restaurant. While out picking up dinner, we stopped by Kroger’s for bananas for breakfast, and chocolate milk for after the race.
I gobbled up my Caesar salad before I thought to take a picture, but did manage to remember to get a picture of my spaghetti and meatballs. After eating just a little bit of pasta, I started dipping my homemade sweet potato fries in the marinara sauce. Not bad!
- Do you usually attend race expos or cut through them quickly to get your bib and shirt?
- If you eat them, what’s your favorite nutrition bar?
- Who raced this weekend?
Happy Running! ~ Deb