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3 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Visit a Race Expo…

whether you are running or not. If you are running, you probably have to go to the expo to pick up you bib and you race packet. It is easy to bypass all the booths and make a b-line for the door. Why deal with the crowds? And if you aren’t running the race, why bother going to the expo? Today I am going to give you 3 reasons why you should visit a race expo whether you are running or not.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Portland Marathon expo even though I was not running the race. Ultima Replenisher, a brand that I love and became and ambassador for, invited me to come be at their booth over the weekend. Being there showed me all the benefits of attending a race expo even though you are not running the race. IMG_7089

The 3 Ws

When: Most races, especially larger ones, have an expo that takes place a day or two before the actual race. Entry to the expo is usually free and open to everyone. I’m sure there are some exceptions to this, but in my experience this has always been the case. Race expos want people to come, so they allow everyone in whether you are running or not. If your city has a large or semi-large race, check out the race website for the expo days and times.  

What: The race expo is usually full of booths from different vendors offering everything from running accessories to massage chairs. Some races list the vendors on the website prior to the expo, others only show you the title sponsors of the race. If you can’t get a list of vendors prior to the expo, it is still worth the trip. I’ll explain why below.

Where: Expos are usually in a banquet room at a hotel, a convention center or somewhere close to the starting line. It depends on the size of the expo and where the race is held. Check the race website for the specific location details. 

Photo Oct 05-2

3 Reasons You Must Visit a Race Expo

1. Discounts

The number one reason to visit a race expo, running or not, is the discounts. Not every exhibitor does this, but most booths/brands will offer a special race expo discount on products or services that is not available anywhere else. This means if you need a new pair of running shoes, some compression socks, body glide, electrolytes or a foam roller, the place to get them is at the race expo! 

new shoes with a discount!

Another common ‘discount’ you find at race expo is a discount or incentive for entry to other races. For example, at the Portland marathon expo, there were races from both Washington and California that were offering a discount on race registrations. This is a great way to save some money on upcoming races you want to run.

some of my loot from the expo, which included discounted race entry to Seattle half marathon

2. Samples

‘Try before you buy’ is always a good idea which is why product samples are another reason to visit a race expo. This is a great way to try new products with no strings attached. I have sampled some products at race expos that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise. An added bonus? If you like it, you can probably buy it at a discounted price! (see previous point) 🙂 The most common samples are food/beverages, but it could also be trying on a new running belt or demoing a new pair running shoes.  

This last weekend there were samples ranging from oatmeal, protein bars and electrolyte beverages to hummus and energy gels. 

enjoyin my sample of hummus
samples of ultima!! (bonus: free yoga) 😛

3. Free stuff

Who doesn’t love free stuff? I mean seriously. Free stuff is extra cool when it is useful, and at race expos it usually is. In the past I have gotten things like chapstick, a cowbell, a sweatband, food and even a shirt.

got a whole bag of free stuff and a sign at a race expo back in May
Bonus — meeting people! 

This hasn’t happened for me at every expo, but occasionally you can meet the president of the company or the creator of a product at the booth. When this happens, it is super cool because if you are unfamiliar with the product, you can find out a lot about it and why they created it. On the other hand, if you love the product, you can share your love with the person who created it! Bloggers, this could also be a networking opportunity. If you go that route, be professional. 
Precaution: meeting the founder of a brand or product you love can lead to speechlessness or feeling starstruck. 

met Tim, the founder of BibRave.com (which I am also am ambassador for). This was unexpected and I was seriously so excited I was speechless.
also met Eric, the founder of Pro Compression.

Brands sometimes will also bring an athlete or ambassador which are great to connect with because they share the different ways they use the product and how it has helped them which can give you ideas and inspiration on how to use the product as well. 

I had so much fun meeting blog readers and other Ultima ambassadors at our booth!

While each expo is different, they usually don’t disappoint and almost always have something for everyone, runner or not. Next time there is a big race in you city, be sure to check out the expo, you will be so glad you did!

Tell me: What is your favorite part about race expos? Discounts? Samples? Free Stuff? All of the above?

Stay Sweet!

My 5 Favorite Ways to Wear Full UV BUFF

Disclaimer: I received a Full UV Buff as part of being a BibRave Pro.  All opinions are my own. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

If you have never heard of BUFF, they are a company that makes tubular headwear for all different kinds of uses. You may remember that I recently had a ton of fun with the UV Half Buff. This time around I am showing you my 5 favorite ways to wear it’s bigger brother, the full UV Buff. 

Since getting to test these products with BibRave, I have seen for myself that BUFF products really are the best accessory for any outdoor activity, especially running. The UV half is half the size of the full Buff (hence the name) and was really useful in the heat. The full buff also came in handy in the heat and I will be able to use it into the cooler months as well.  The amount of ways to use the Buff is pretty amazing…more on that later. 

About the Full BUFF

The UV Full Buff is designed to protect your head, neck and face from the elements so that you can spend more time outside. It is quick dry, which I loved, and also odor resistant. While it is tubular (one piece), it is totally seamless, so there is no rubbing or discomfort. It also comes with 95% UV protection and be worn all different ways which makes it a super versatile and personalized accessory. 

Get 10% off a BUFF!

First, if you are interested in buying a BUFF for yourself, which I highly recommend you do, you the discount code BIBRAVE10 for 10% off your whole order! They have Full and Half Buffs with UV protection like the ones I have, and others that are made out of wool which are perfect for hiking or winter sports. They come in almost any color or pattern that you can imagine. The code is valid until September 30th so don’t waste time! 

My Favorite Ways to Use the UV Full BUFF

  1. Beanie
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  2. Pony-Tail Holder
  3. Headband
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  4. Neck/Face Warmer 
     I know this will be my go to style in the cooler weather 🙂
  5. Wrist wrap 

    Obviously that was my most favorite way to wear the full Buff on my runs. 😀 I found that running I liked to use it more to wipe sweat off than I did around my head. Sometimes it also ended up like a sweat towel…IMG_6260
    see it hanging from my running belt and over my shoulder?IMG_6597

     I don’t dislike the feeling of it around my head, I just preferred to use it on my wrist. I also used it as a handkerchief at times (TMI maybe) so having it on my wrist or in my hand was helpful.  

How To Video

Want to see ALL 14 different ways you can wear the original (full) BUFF?! Watch this video below, it’s impressive. 

I LOVE my BUFFs and am going to buy a mint green one for me and I also want to get one to surprise Andy with for snowboarding season.  Be sure to use the code BIBRAVE10 if you purchase before September 30th.

You can also join me and all the other BibRavers on #bibchat on Tuesday nights at 6pm PST. We talk about all aspects of running, you will meet new people & there are prizes. 🙂

Let’s Chat:
How would you wear the Buff???

Stay Sweet!