Wednesday, June 22, 2011

3 Days left 'til Rock-n-Roll Seattle

Expo Expectations

For many runners the pre-race events are just as exciting as the post-race events. Specifically, the expo. For the Seattle Rock-n-Roll the pre-race event will be a Health & Fitness Expo presented by Power Balance. It's a two day expo at the Qwest Field Event Center starting tomorrow (Thursday, June 23) at 11:00 AM and ending Friday, June 24 at 7:00 PM. The expo will feature enough vendors, products, and local businesses to pique curiosities and overwhelm most, but the most important aspect of the expo, however, is to pick-up your race number, swag bag, and t-shirt...and visiting The Balanced Athlete booth, of course. Share with us your race day goals at our booth and take a picture with us to share on our Facebook page.

Contest Alert: While you're filling out your race day goals with us at our expo booth write down your predicted race finish time, take a picture with us at the expo, and the runner closest to their predicted time will win a free pair of shoes. Yes, a free pair of shoes...lets repeat that again: A Free Pair of Shoes! Submit your official chip timed result on our Facebook page and good luck! As a bonus, if you're wearing a Balanced Athlete t-shirt in your expo photo and you win the contest you'll receive an additional surprise along with your free pair of shoes. If you have any questions about the contest ask us at our expo booth. Also, be sure to submit your race day photos on our Facebook page in your Balanced Athlete t-shirts to be eligible for special prizes.

Along with elaborate and enthusiastic product displays there will be a good number of free samples. And everyone knows that free is a good thing, but too much of a good thing may not be the best thing. It's not the free aspect that's bad, it's simply the temptation to try anything and everything that may lead to an unwanted disaster. Remember, race day on Saturday is the priority, not how many free gels, bars, and energy drinks you can try in one day. Being selective and conservative with what you try is going to be the key to not over-exhausting yourself. Another note of concern: germs. Anytime large amounts of people get together germs will have a field day. You might say germs are having their own expo at the same time. Make sure to wash your hands regularly, avoid touching too many hand rails, and drink plenty of water.

The expo is open and free to the public and there are also other sporting events going on downtown, so expect a crowd and plan ahead. Some things to take note of: On Thursday evening there is a Sounders Game at 7:00 PM at Qwest Field. Although the expo, on Thursday, ends at 7:00 PM parking rates will go from $11 to $30 at 5:00 PM. A similar scenario will be happening on Friday evening as well with a Mariners game at 7:10 PM. The event organizers advise that if you're visiting the expo on Friday make sure you let the parking attendant know where you're going.

Expo Details:
Dates: June 23 & 24, 2011
Location: Qwest Field Event Center
Thursday, June 23 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday, June 24 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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