The expo’s for all runDisney race’s at Walt Disney World are held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in the HP Field House (it will always be known as the Milk House to me) as well as the Josten’s Center. Since this was our first half marathon, we decided to arrive pretty close to opening on Friday which was also the first day for the Wine & Dine half marathon 2014 expo. I had read that the best clothing items usually sell out quick including the best sizes and being a petite girl I wanted to make sure I was able to get a shirt that fit me so we decided to be at the expo when it opened. I’m glad we had already decided to be there early since the online New Balance queue wasn’t working and one of the main reasons Cameron agreed to run this runDisney race was for the awesome shoes. Since this was our first runDisney event we decided to just take our time and start at the beginning of the expo with picking up our numbers instead of heading straight to the shoes. The bib pickup process was not as bad as it could have been but since it was being run by volunteers some lines went much quicker than others due to some unnecessary chit-chat. Here is a look at what the lines looked like when we arrived about 10 minutes after opening.
Each section was split up for designated bib numbers which could be found on the run waiver. The process was very smooth so not very many complaints from me. My only complaint about this process is why do they make us go to two separate areas to pick up our things needed for the race. The first building was for the bib, coaster, and flyer about the event then we are sent to the second building to get the second packet including clear bag for bag check, t-shirt, and bib pins. Why not just give it all to you in the beginning? After getting our essential gear we headed to the New Balance booth to wait in line for the coveted Goofy and Cinderella shoes. Surprisingly we only had to wait in line for about 20 minutes before it was our turn. Since we knew we were getting those shoes no matter what (we aren’t using them for running we just HAD to have them) we quickly tried them on to make sure the size was correct and we were done with probably the craziest booth besides the KT Tape booth. We spent a little bit more time walking around the expo checking out the rest of the vendors and then decided to leave and head to Animal Kingdom and Epcot for the rest of the day.
Since the Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2014 is our first actual half marathon, let alone first race, we don’t have anything to compare this expo to. But, it wasn’t bad there were a lot of vendors and we were in and out in no time so I will definitely have high expectations heading into the next race we do.
Did you run the Wine & Dine Half Marathon this year? What did you think of the expo?