So Friday morning I headed over to the IX Center for the Health and Fitness Expo. This was my first ever race expo and I didn't really know what to expect, but I'm glad I got there when it opened: by the time I left an hour or so later the parking lot had really filled up.
The expo wasn't just for racers. This free event was really for anyone in the area looking to maybe score some deals on fitness gear and food, although naturally the majority of the visitors were the racers and when you first walked in they presented everyone with big placards full of important day-of information, including course maps.
Of course, the big draw at any expo are the vendors.
Why, yes. As a matter of fact, that is a ferris wheel in the middle of the expo.
(During the spring, the IX Center operates as an indoor amusement park. (I'm also wondering how many Northeast Ohioans now have the radio jingle stuck in their head.))
Other than shoes I wasn't really looking for anything so I just kind of walked around, grabbing some of the freebies (like a super sweet guitar shaped CLE keychain/bottle opener from Positively Cleveland and a Volkswagon water bottle). When I wandered over to the Earth Fare booth I ran into P., the employee who gave me my tour a few weeks ago. I had sent her a link to the blog post after I published it and she said reading it made her day.
That being said, I did buy a few small things. Like some bling for my car.
Have you ever attended a fitness or racing expo?
Love from the ashes,