Date: 10 - 11 October 2014
Venue: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, US
Why the expo was so awesome?
1. Easy peasy bib pick up. All you need to do is show your registration print out or the code from your mobile and they’ll let you know which counter to head to. What I didn’t realize was when the code is scanned, it automatically prompts the guys at the counter to have your bib ready, which is was when I came out from the restroom (yeah, I made a detour). In-and-out in 2 minutes max (minus the toilet break). There were loads of counters, so no worries about congestion.
2. Next you head to the event tee pick up counters – these were organized according to sizes and again, in-and-out in 2 minutes. I was there on Friday morning, probably a low period, not sure if there were any crowds on the later part of the day or Saturday.
3. Remember how everyone gushes about how awesome-sauce major marathon expos are? No different here – too many sponsor booths, too many giveaways (including a race entry into the Puerto Rico Marathon, Kashi, Powerbars, Clif Bars etc), too many race event booths etc. Too many choices! Too many discounts! You could literally spend the whole day there! No wonder they say your plastic gets working hard and working right away!