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LA Marathon Expo aka the first Expo I worked with my new job

So on Friday I had to work the Expo for the LA Marathon with my new job, Run Racing (formerly ICR). We had a booth for the LA County Half Marathon, the Long Beach ICB Marathon and then the OC Marathon. Since I started in the middle of February it’s been go-go-go getting ready for the LA Marathon and the Expo. It was overwhelming but great and I do love my new job! The people I work with are hilarious and being busy 24/7 is the way that I work the best. We had to re-design our fliers for two events, get our expo booth totally redesigned, re-brand ourselves including new email addresses, new business cards and update websites and plan, plan, plan. It was fantastic and seeing everything come together was the best feeling! I really liked how the booth came out and felt that it was a great way to showcase the important features of both races.

These were the two expo booths that I worked on for Run Racing. The Long Beach ICB Marathon is on the right hand side and the LA County half is on the left hand side. I am so grateful to our graphic designer and everyone who was working so hard on getting these done. They looked so awesome.

The Long Beach ICB Marathon and Half Marathon backdrop up close.

The LA County Half Marathon backdrop up close.

I left my house at 7 am Friday morning and got to the expo around 9 after sitting in traffic for two hours. Two hours to go 31 miles. Annoying to say the least. Once we got there we set everything up it was a great day for an expo. The sun was out and people were already milling around at 10, even though it didn’t start until 11! We were inside a tent and it stayed a nice temperature all day. I had a few fun visitors too at the tent and having people stop by and introduce themselves was really cool!

This is Andrea, we oddly enough have the same last name and have ran so many of the same races but never met! I have a very strange last name, since us Dutch people are weirdos and seem to love vowels, and it’s NOT common, so imagine my surprise when I found her on a lot of the same race results! We finally met at the expo and it was so fun to meet another girl with my last name…. and how crazy is it that we look so much alike. We seriously could be sisters! She ran the marathon with her group “We Rock”, which is a group that works with kids to encourage them to run. A huge group of them ran LA the next day!

The remarkable and encouraging Chris Shauble came by and said hello. He is hilarious and his kind words mean so much to me. He was jumping around and super excited to be there per usual. Good to see you Chris!

My friend Nina stopped by and she rocked LA the next day.  Her and her husband are some of the most hospitable and nice people I have ever met, and they are both amazing cooks. :)

Then, I finally got to meet Ms. V, who is from a small town that I used to know all too well called Ripon! She is a crack up and though she is a Dodger lover, she is still great in my book! I was so happy to finally meet her in real life.

I also got to finally meet Lisa, we talk on twitter often! She is super sweet and meeting her was another great aspect of my day! :)

Then, Andy Baldwin, of Bachelor fame, and another twitter friend stopped by and said hello as well. He is super nice and I was glad we finally got to meet.

Myself, Andy, Lisa and another great friend Lori all stopped by.

Then Emil spent some time at the booth and some other maniacs made appearances! Meeting more maniacs was super exciting since I was going to wear my maniacs jersey for the LA Marathon. I love the running community and what everyone does for each other.

It was different being on the ‘other side’ of the expo and answering questions about different races. You get a lot of the same questions, but it’s fun and exhausting all at the same time. You are on your feet for a long time, but I love talking about the races, especially Long Beach. So many people are so kind and it was great working the expo. There are many more in my future and if you are going to be there please stop by and say hello! The expo lasted all day until 8 pm and then I met up with some friends right around the corner for dinner around 8:45 pm. It was great, but I was exhausted.

Finally, I left for home and got back around 10:30. I got sucked into a Dog Whisperer with Shea and looking at more baby clothes she made. I knew that I would be tired from being on my feet all day but I was glad that I got to meet so many great people and that I had officially worked my first expo.

Saturday, luckily, I had the day off the expo since I was running Sunday, so I took it fairly easy. My brother was throwing a birthday party for his roommate so I stopped by his house for a bit and then went out to dinner and just relaxed. I was pretty calm and felt okay about Sunday at that point. I went to bed at 10 and slept well.

Tomorrow the longest race recap of your life awaits you.

I ran 15 minutes this morning and I am going to swim 2000 meters after work today. I really need to work on my consistency. Lesson learned.


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