Don’t want to blow too much sunshine in the general direction of the Waterfront Marathon, but they very much do know how to put on a successful race expo.
Aside: Yes, I’m biased because a) I always manage to get to this one on Friday afternoon (when it’s quiet) and b) it’s usually the first race, and hence the first race expo of the fall.
* Consistently good speakers on stage (Bingham, Stanton, etc.)
* A wide open space at the convention centre
* Unfailingly friendly volunteers — and I mean *really* friendly and helpful
* Nifty little extras, like this year’s “picture with the race trophy” freebie.
If only they had a sampler tap of beer like at the Marine Corps in Washington. But I digress.
Another source of happiness: I love this little quirk with the race bib…
“Sub-elite”? That’s what you’re called if you’re running a 1:35 or less. Sure, it’s a wee bit of easy flattery. But I don’t care if it’s preceded by “sub” or “quasi” or “not really an” — seeing the word elite next to that race number is a damn fine feeling indeed. Watch out Kenyans, I just might catch ya. Or not.
Speaking of, probably turn in for the night. Can’t believe we need to be down there for 6:30ish. What will the Nuit Blanche stragglers think of the early morning masses? Or are we just another art installation?
Oh yeah: CBCSports.ca has full coverage.