After a long journey from London to JFK we finally arrived to New York just after 1pm local time on the 2nd of November.
W decided to check into the hotel and drop our bags off before we went to the Expo. Our hotel was located on the 29th street and the Expo was on the 34th street, so we decided to walk there. Had enough sitting on the plane. The location of the Expo was in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St, New York, NY 10001, USA.
We arrived just after 5pm and have to say it wasn’t busy at all! Security was top job, with bag checks and sniffing dogs 🙂 Have to say this place is MASSIVE and need to spend a few hours there just to check everything out.
Who’s ready to pick up their number ?
So as soon as we got in we tried to find the bib pick up section, but as you can see in the photo above it was easy to find. My number was 71222 and there was absolutely no queue there. When I got there were loads of trainees because there was a main volunteer and she showed the other 4 people how to check my paperwork and passport, then gave me my pouch and showed me to the free t-shirt pick up section. I was done probably in like 5mins, so absolutely not a long wait at all. If I can suggest, then visiting the expo on the opening day is the best day.
My collection point with 5 volunteers 🙂
The free long-sleeve technical top 🙂 I’m in love with it.
The only negative thing to say about the technical top is the sizing, I’m a size Large but I had to get an XL, because they haven’t fit over my boobs But luckily they had a trying on station so got the good size at the end 🙂
After the bib pick up we went to the shopping part of the expo. Ooohh dear me, all those things for sale, it was hard to say no lol. I knew that I wanted to get the official jacket, because I already had the one from London so definitely needed to get the New York one as well. New Balance had a massive stand with all the official merchandise. I wish I could have bought everything, but you can easily spend over $1000 just on merchandise.
But I was good, and only bought the official jacket, I have opted to get the red/black one. The reason being is that my London jacket is blue, so definitely didn’t want to buy that.
The jacket was $120 plus tax, and I also bought a New York marathon sew on patch. Not too sure what I’ll do with the patch as of yet but i couldn’t say no for $6.
I have to say I’m LOVING this jacket, loving the colour and way it fits. Also this one was okay to get a size Large, no fitting issues at all. Also I was wearing the jacket all week-long, and was awesome to see other runners wearing theirs.
At the expo we tried all the freebies we could. we had free coffee, free beer, got a free photo printed, a photo emailed, and loads and loads of photo taken. See some of them below 🙂
The only time I was on the top part of the bridge.
Hello New York 🙂
Left a note to the fellow Hungarians 🙂
2 majors down, 4 more to go.
Being silly with hubby 🙂
What was in my starting bag? Also you can see the Marathon patch as well.
Font of the top and jacket.
Rear of the top and jacket.
My next post will be about the opening ceremony, that will include a short video as well. But to start with it was a totally awesome experience. 🙂