After a quick and painless trip from Austin to DC, we headed to the Marine Corps Marathon expo at the DC Armory.
The expo was run very efficiently. You first picked up your bib in a large white tent out front, and then continued into the armory to retrieve your bag and race shirt. You were then released out into a sea of vendors, all ready to help you empty your bank account as fast as possible.
The only item I purchased that was branded with a race logo was a black Brooks 1/4 zip long sleeved shirt. I loved the jacket they had for sale, but living in Texas I just couldn’t justify the purchase. In hindsight, I’m disappointed I didn’t splurge on it. Maybe when the remaining MCM gear goes on sale in mid-November I’ll be able to pick one up.
The USAA booth was giving out commemorative coins for the race, which I thought was pretty cool. I had heard about it prior to the expo, so I made sure to stop by to pick mine up.
Right next to the Nuun booth was a vendor I had visited at the Austin Marathon expo back in February. I grabbed the last 26.2 keychain on the table and mentally knocked on wood that this wouldn’t inflict bad luck on Sunday’s race.
The race shirt was the traditional long sleeved cotton mock turtleneck shirt. I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear it, but one thing is for sure – this one will certainly not ever be donated to Goodwill.
Even after waiting nearly 30 minutes for the shuttle, we still arrived at the hotel with an hour to kill. We decided to do some sightseeing. The Capitol building was just around the corner from the Hyatt.
Just before 7pm we headed back to the ballroom where the Pep Rally was being held.
The event was open to all race participants running their first marathon. The price of admission was $5 per person, and for an additional $5 runners were allowed to bring their non-running counterpart.
A spread of food was provided, which included crudite, beef & chicken dishes, tortilla chips with queso & salsa, and pretzels. I was under the impression we would be having more of a substantial dinner, but the food was good nonetheless.
After about an hour, we made our way to the Metro to head back to the hotel. Our early morning of traveling combined with a ton of walking made for a long, exhausting day!
Next up … the race recap!