Anyone who has run a Run Disney event will tell you, the excitement begins with the Disney Health & Fitness Expo. This is where all runners go to pick up their race kits & shirts and shop for all running related merchandise. This is also where most of my spending money goes! *sigh*
The Expo times are as follows :
Wednesday, January 8, 10am – 8pm
Thursday, January 9, 9am – 7am
Friday, January 10, 9am – 7pm
Saturday January 11, 10am – 4pm
All of this Run Disney goodness takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Of course, I will be strolling by every single booth at the Expo. However, I do have a few places that will definitely be on my ‘check-out’ list :
First up will be the Run Disney Official Merchandise area. I always seem to pick up at least one item here to commemorate the weekend. In previous years, we’ve bought shirts, glasses, hats, pins and mugs. Now, I know it’s difficult to do, but don’t blow all your shopping budget here. Somewhere, deep in the belly of ‘BoothWorld’, there is so much more shopping to do!
Bondi Band – Booth 427 – I love my Bondi Bands when running. They wick away sweat and definitely keep the hair out of my face. I wear these when I don’t need a run cap. I can always use a few more to add to my running wear closet.
Fond Memories Graphics – Booth 435 – I already posted a blog about this super company. I have been in touch with them via email in regards to any special Dopey products coming to the Expo. Rob at Fond Memories replied and said “Absolutely” They will have a product online a few days before the event and will also have the actual product on display at the Expo. I can’t wait to check it out!
Garmin – Booth 408 – I’m not yet ready to purchase a new Garmin. My 305 is still going strong at the moment, but I’m excited to check out the newer products I’ve only seen online. Time to get up close and personal with my next purchase and find out a little more about these models. The 220 is catching my eye.
INKnBurn - Booth 525 – If you are looking for something a little different with your running gear, INKnBurn is definitely a wise choice. This gear will definitely make you stand out in a race due to their fabulous designed artwork on each and every piece. Looking for work out denim capris? INKnBurn has you covered. I can’t wait to check them out! I’m currently eyeing this little number
KT Tape – Booth 523 – Oh, I have a lot of this at home already, but they make such Fabulous colours! I’ll be stylin’ in my KT Tape as I can match it with every run outfit I wear!
New Balance – Booth 101 – I’m sure this booth will be swamped with runners eager to get a glimpse of the 2014 Run Disney running shoes. This year’s designs incorporate Goofy and Cinderella in the neutral, light weight 890 V4′s. The stability shoe 860 V4′s will be Minnie, and Sorcerer Mickey. I like them all, but I have a feeling that Goofy shoe is going to be a real hit!
Raw Threads – Booth 213 – Definitely a favourite for Run Disney participants. Fairies, Villains and Princesses unite for Raw Threads running gear. Hmm…should I be adding this to my Minnie 10K costume?
Run Disney – Booth 439 – Oh yes! Time to get up close and personal with the medals for all Run Disney Races. Perhaps give us all the extra oomph we need to achieve our running goals for the weekend.
Running Skirts – Booth 526 – Now, truth be told, I received a gift certificate for Christmas and I’ve already purchased a new running skirt which is already en route. I really hope it gets here before I leave for WDW. Nevertheless, I will be browsing this booth to check out their newest designs. One can never have too many running skirts, can they?
SPIbelt – I’ve seen Spi Belt around for several years now. This year, it’s on my purchase list. I really need a belt without a bottle holder. This could really do the trick.
There you have it. My list of go-to booths for the Walt Disney Marathon Expo. But there is so many more that I can’t wait to explore. Here’s a full list :
Active Sol Eyewear 327
Balega International 307
BeeCause Charms 528
Bondi Band 427
Brooks Running 413
CEP Compression 404
Clif Bar 421
Coolcore / Mission Athletecare 511
Curl by Sammy Duvall 218
Disney Vacation Club 532
Fit2Run 123 & 223
Florida Hospital Celebration Health 401
Fond Memories 435
Race Shirt &
KT Tape 523
Lasting Commemoratives 113
Lift Your Sole 128
Mizuno USA 301
New Balance 101
One More Mile 321
Polar Electro 124
Raw Threads 213
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series 531
Running Skirts 526
Snuggbuds Sports Headsets 433
Sport Hooks 530
Sweaty Bands 212
The Stick 503
Track Shack 313
ACE Brand (3M Company) 609
Bondi Band 619
Daytona Beach Half Marathon 618
Düsseldorf Marathon 606
Flip Belt 608
Mexico City Marathon 612
Power Crunch 610
Racer USA 603
Runner’s World Race Series 613
Sparkle Athletic 611
Sparkly Soul 616
TEAM 413 614
US Road Sports 604
Of course, in between shopping breaks, don’t forget to take a rest and check out the Run Disney Speaker Series at the Expo. Valuable advice from experienced runners, to help get you through the running weekend.
What Will You Be Shopping For?