Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fit-Pic: 2011 Boston Marathon Expo Packet Pick-Up

There's something about the Boston Marathon that makes me want to take out my camera and start snapping pictures. Maybe it's because it's usually my first major race of the year. Maybe it's because it still feels so new even though this year marks my fourth Boston. Maybe it's because it's so tough to get in--and with the new time standards coming our way, plus the 2012 registration procedure, I'm not so sure I'll be able to return any time soon.

Never the less, I was a little snap-happy on my tour through Hynes Convention Center yesterday when I went to pick-up my race packet, bag and stroll the expo. It's funny how the same procedure--waiting in line to walk into the number pick-up area, find your number, hand over your confirmation ticket and receive your number--doesn't change from year to year, yet I love like a first-timer every time. Take a look...

Find the range of your assigned race number on the wall, hand over your paperwork and ID, and receive your bib, which also doubles as this year's timing chip.

Proceed down the hallway to the volunteers handing out the event bags--the bag you stuff your gear into on race day--which contain the official race shirt, an event program and other treats.

Now that you've got your bib and bag, you enter the expo and face the adidas store, full of all the official race apparel and accessories like the got-to-have Boston jacket.

Now I wish I had been so lucky as to meet Dick and Rick Hoyt and not the cut-out version (I did get to meet Dick last year), but this iconic image greeted me when I found the bleachers placed in front of the TV airing Boston footage.

Want to know more about that race you're running? You had to check out this memory wall with facts, pictures and memorabilia dating all the way back to the first Boston Marathon in 1897.

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