What I did take photos of was the expo, which is always held the Friday and Saturday prior to race day at St. Charles Community College. Both days offered FREE exercise classes, packet pick-up, and lots of vendors. Even if you aren't running the race, the vendors and FREE classes would be worth your while.
|Bumper stickers for all distances|
I worked at the expo on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the shirt pick-up area. It was super busy, but I was pretty much in motion the entire time. Next year I will have to remember to wear a pedometer because I swore I got in at least 10,000 steps during my shift.
We received a lot of positive comments on the jackets this year, even though race day was too hot to wear them. This jacket is perfect for fall and winter runs!
|The drawstring bags also come in handy year-round!|
On race day, I did get a few early morning photos since I arrived so early. There is plenty of parking all around Frontier Park and downtown, but you really do have to heed the race director's warning and arrive by 6:00 a.m. or you could get stuck in traffic searching for a parking spot, leaving little time to relax and warm up prior to start time. You also have to allow enough time to get parked so that you can be at the start line by 7:20 a.m. with your cowbell for Don't Fear the Reaper!!! Then at 7:30 a.m. the marathon, half marathon, and half marathon relay begin with the 5k following at 8 a.m.
|Start/Finish line set up|
|And the medal!|