Ottawa Race Weekend Expo and Goals #TORW2014

This is it – after months of training it is time for thousands of runners to invade Ottawa for Ottawa Race Weekend. Yesterday I went to the Race Expo at 4pm to pick up my race kit and do a little shopping.

The race expo opened at 4pm, and I arrived just before that – so did many other people! There was a massive line at 3:55, but once they opened up the kit pick-up area, it moved really quickly. I had picked up my bib and t-shirt in less than 10 minutes. It also helped that I had my bib number on hand so I did not have to look up my hand. In this year’s kit you received a bib (with timing chip attached), t-shirt (white with red stripes for the half – not a fan of white shirts), and a cloth bag (like a shoe bag). The bag was a new addition to the race kit, which I liked because I could carry all my stuff on my back rather than countless plastic bags. As mentioned above, I am not the biggest fan of this year’s half marathon t-shirt as I just don’t like white. The red stripes have a maple leaf design, so that is nice.

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After going through the bib and t-shirt process, you entered the expo. All the usual booths were there: Ottawa Race Weekend merchandise, Adidas, Saucony, Columbia, Mizuno – plus Ottawa area stores like Bushtukah and races like Army Run, Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Around the Bay. I stopped by most of the booths – purchasing items from Saucony and Columbia (which are the two booths I had friends working in – haha!). There were lots of free samples to be had and some free swag – I did get a Mizuno lanyard and race bib attachers!


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I stopped by the Running Room booth (which is the biggest booth at the expo) to stock up on my GU Gels and Honey Stinger gummies. At Saucony, I purchased a ‘Run Strong Ottawa’ t-shirt and at Columbia I purchased a new tank top and hat that feature Omni-Freeze Zero technology that makes your sweat feel cool – hoping that keeps me cool for Sunday!


I also purchased some Vega goodies that will serve as my before and after drinks!

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I found out at the Saucony booth that Krista DuChene would be signing autographs at 7pm. I did not really want to stay around for over two hours, so I went home for dinner (I only live 15 minutes away). Max wanted to come with me, so I trucked him along at 7pm to go back to the expo to meet Krista. Max was outfitted with a new pair of sunnies (just some promo Saucony glasses) and a cow bell – thanks Marc! We met Krista who was with her family – Max pointed to her picture and called her “MumMum GoGo” – lol! ย She signed my first ever race t-shirt – think I’m going to have to get many more runners to sign that shirt!

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Goals for this weekends half marathon


I have no big giant goal for this race. I am not a fan of spring half marathons and likely will never do another one this “early” again. My leg will probably hold up but it might act up (lets hope not) – I’m sure that an advil and compression socks will be sufficient to keep things in line – especially since other than that one run, my leg hasn’t bothered me beyond KM 1. My goal is to PB – considering that my only other half time is 2:29ish, I *should* be able to PB. The time I am aiming for is 2:15, which could very well happen. Anything faster than 2:15 is icing on the cake. I am ย looking at Sunday’s race as a fun event.


So let’s get at it!

Good luck to:


Allison and Marion

All the CW Staff and Students running the 5/10K


Kristi and her family

Dan and his family






and all other runners who are running this weekend – if I missed you, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚


If you are interested in cheering on the 10K – I am planning on watching it from Pretoria Bridge!


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  1. Carson

    Good luck this weekend!
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      thank you!!

  2. Mary

    Good luck Sunday! I love the Saucony tshirt! Good price? I am tempted to go to the expo to get one!
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Thank you! I hope to see you at the finish!

      It cost me like $25 I think? It is a really nice t-shirt!

  3. Kristi

    I bought an omni freeze shirt too! I’m hoping it does something to help me with the heat. I’ll take anything I can get ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best of luck on Sunday!!! You’ll cross the finish line before me – I figure I am looking at minimum 4 1/2 hours for the marathon. With the heat, I could end up being much slower than that ๐Ÿ™
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  4. Mom

    Does the freezing shirt work for hot flashes!! Bahahaha. Good luck!

  5. Amy

    Good Luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Racing is fun!
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    I hope you are able to enjoy your race ~ AND hit that PB. The expo was really nice! Wow! ๐Ÿ™‚ recently posted…Week in Review ~ Prayers NeededMy Profile

  7. Lisa from Lulu's Big Adventure

    I’ve decided I’m not a fan of spring half marathons either – fall is way better for me! But you’ll be great! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚
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