I have much to say about the expo, so rather than write an epic post with both the expo and the race, I have split up my Army Run experience into two parts!
The Army Run Race Kit Pick-up and Expo were on Friday and Saturday. Normally I go the Friday afternoon (not at lunch hour, so many people! Made that mistake once), but because I sick, we decided to all go on Saturday morning. The Race expo was also open on the Sunday too (and a dry spot on a very rainy morning).
Race kit pick-up was a breeze! No waiting at all. I got my bib in all of two minutes inside Ottawa City Hall. I then had to check that the bib worked and proceed outside to the race expo which was held outside under a large tent. Of course you had to go through the expo before getting to the t-shirt pick up. I did have to stop by the Running Room store to pick up my GU gels and also a new phone carrying case that was water resistant. I found both and quickly made my way to the race shirts. I did spin the wheel at the Running Room and won free socks, sweet! I did not stop at any other booths this year because I had no extra money to spend. Everything you could think of was there. It was a little crowded though. Race Shirts were being handed out in the back, again no line and I was done.
Nothing too special goes into the Army Run Race kits – this is not a race where you get a swag filled bag, it just isn’t that kind of race. You get a bib with a chip, a super sweet race shirt (Army Run shirts are the only ones I don’t give away), and a carrying bag. Lots of stuff was being given away in the expo though.
The highlight of the morning was the stuff outside the expo. The Army Run does an amazing job with having lots of things to see and do for all members of a running family. This year they had a BMO Kid’s Zone which was a little fair set up for the kids behind City Hall. Max had an amazing time bouncing in the bouncy-jeep, getting his face painted and munching on popcorn. He also chased around Juno the Bear. This area was provided at no cost. It looks like all the kids were really enjoying themselves.
Another highlight for people of all ages was the military vehicle displays. The Canadian Army brings out a number of tanks and other vehicles. You can even go in a tank! Max went in the tank twice and was still demanding to go inside again when we were leaving. Members of the Army are on hand to answer any questions – they also assisted with everything to do with the race as well.
We had a great morning. Max has such a good time that the first thing out of his mouth when he woke up from his super long nap was “Mommy, Tanks again??”
Race Recap will be up tomorrow morning!