2012 Gasparilla Distance Classic Expo

After work today, I headed over to the Gasparilla Distance Classic Health and Fitness Expo at the Tampa Convention Center. One of the biggest local events in the Tampa Bay Area is Gasparilla, a festival dedicated to the pirate invasion of Jose Gaspar.

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Last year, one of my first outside long runs was during the Gasparilla Race Weekend. I was so excited by the event, which takes place along my normal running route, that I knew I had to run at least one of the four races.

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Procrastination is definitely something I excel at because I didn’t actually register for this race until after the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon. Most of my procrastination was because I couldn’t decide which race I wanted to run. Finally, I decided on the 15K!

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The last time I ran a 15K race was in October and it was two weeks after my first half marathon, Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  I am really excited about the race tomorrow. My goal isn’t to over do it by too much but I would love to see a significant improvement from my last 15K race.

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Once I had my race bib, goody bag and race shirt, I wandered around the Expo to check out what vendors were and if there was any awesome swag available.

Publix is one of the major sponsors (if you couldn’t tell from the race bib or reusable grocery bag). Their booth was given out the “I Did It” magnets and salad shakers. I can’t wait to put that magnet next to my Disney race magnets. I am also curious about the salad shaker so hopefully I will get to use that soon.

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I stopped by the runDisney booth (of course) and proceeded to sign up for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler in September. There were offering a pretty good deal if you registered at the Expo. They waived the active.com processing fees plus I got an extra $10 off for being a DVC member.

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Who doesn’t like coffee?!? I am a true lover of coffee so I was excited to see that there were free samples being handed out. I am usually a Starbucks girl but a good cup of coffee is all I really ask for in life. We don’t have Caribou Coffee Shops in Florida so I was a little shocked to them at the Expo. The lady was handing out coupons though because the bags of coffee are sold at Publix.

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I also stopped by the Iron Girl booth to say hello to the people who are putting on my next half marathon. Anytime I can get information about races or courses, I am always willing to stop and talk at to the people at the booth.

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I wandered through the Raw Threads booth. I have seen them at every Race Expo that I have been too but haven’t purchased any of their clothes. One of these days I probably will because their shirts are the softest shirts I have ever touched. Seriously!

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Nike is another major sponsor and their booth was right by the entrance. Unfortunately, I was really excited by any of the official merchandise that was available. The one shirt I really liked was only available as a long sleeve shirt. If there was a short sleeve version, I would have been wearing a new shirt during the race tomorrow. Winking smile

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This expo was awesome! There were tons of vendors and plenty of room to move around. One thing I did notice was that several of the “free sample” vendors were closed by the time I got there. It was a little disappointing. Oh well, maybe I will go back tomorrow after the race for my free samples.

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Tomorrow I will be running for booty!