My first half marathon automatically warrants a race recap. So, let’s start from the beginning.
I got into Providence early on Saturday afternoon, exciting for my first official race expo. I parked at Providence Place (a huge mall in the city) and after asking a Macy’s sales associate for directions to the Rhode Island Convention Center, I was quickly on my way.
(I apologize in advance for the blurriness of my photos…they were all taken on my cell phone)
After a quick check-in (there were no lines, just a few people trickling in at this point), I headed over towards the main area. On my way, I picked up my technical shirt. They had plenty of sizes available and I was able to get one smaller than I had ordered, which was helpful, as it fit better. I picked up my goodie bag and then passed through the store where they were selling more items, though I did not purchase any.
The expo itself was pretty big and had a ton of vendors.
This photo doesn’t really do it justice, but I was able to get a ton of samples, including some Gu Chomps, Lara Bars, Cascadian Farms granola bars, and Snickers Marathon energy bars. They also had samples of MGD64 and Muscle Milk, though I passed on both. I did have to buy one thing though, and that was the obligatory 13.1 car magnet.
After the expo, my mom and I drove over to the hotel I was staying in, which was about five minutes away from the convention center. When I went to book a hotel through the Providence Rock ‘n Roll site, all of the sponsored hotels in my price range were booked up. With some help from Google Maps, I found another one that was less than half a mile from the start/finish line.
With more research on the hotel’s website, I was able to book a standard $260 room at the Hotel Providence for a mere $120.
I am always proud of my research capabilities when it comes to traveling. It was a nice room and a comfortable hotel, and the distance from the race was ideal for me. A little bit away from the action, but not too far.
I woke up early on Sunday morning for my first half marathon ever…
…to be continued…