I headed to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh expo this afternoon. The expo was pretty much as expected, although it did seem like there were less vendors there this second go around. A couple of things became abundantly clear while I was at the expo.
Sporting a shirt I bought at the expo last year, I picked up my bib.
From there I decided to check out the “Solutions” table, and at least see how much it would cost me to switch from the Half to the Full. I had kinda figured it out in my head how much more it would be, but I wanted to see if I would really feel the urge to transfer to the Full once at the desk. Yeah, after being told it would cost me an extra $70 to make the change (just a wee bit less than what I had already paid to run the Half) I wholeheartedly decided to stick with what I had already paid for. No extra $$ out of pocket. At least not yet.
With my guardian Sir Walter Raleigh at the front entrance, Rock ‘n’ Roll does know how to put on a good show, I proceeded around the expo center in search of any good samples, etc.. Pretty much the same from big expo to big expo, I didn’t drop any money until I made a donation at the Jimmy V booth. From there I popped over to the Rock ‘n’ Roll info area where you can register for races, etc… You know, check out and get enticed into signing up for more races. I didn’t sign up for anything last year, but the deal they were running today was hard to pass up on. Signing up on the spot, you could pay just $50 to run next years Half or Full. Done deal! I filled out my registration, and now for only $50, have my first marathon of 2016 secured and paid for.
So yes, I could have paid $70 to switch from the Half to the Full for tomorrow’s race, but instead decided to pay twenty dollars less than that to run next years Full. I am super stoked about my decision. Tomorrow I run the Half, and even if I am running in a cloud of pollen from all of the azaleas in bloom, I will only be running for half the time. I will survive! I’ll take my inhaler just in case.