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Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC Expotique

Nike Women's Half Marathon DCImage via Run Nike Women Series

There are so many photos of my pre-race experience from last weekend that much of this post will be visual. While it was my first race and I don’t have another to compare it to, I thought Nike did a fantastic job turning the weekend into a full event. No detail was left untouched. These giant letters, which I mentioned were moved to the course on Sunday morning, acted as the entrance to the Expotique.

Nike Women's Half Marathon DCImage via Run Nike Women Series

As soon as you entered the Expotique, a sensor scanned the time chip in your bib and transported your name to a giant, turquoise screen. Personalized, encouraging messages flashed on the screen every few seconds, so it was fun watching women run to take a photo with their name. To the left side of the Expotique, you could get your stride analyzed by Nike experts, check out official race gear, watch for your Instagram to appear on the #werundc screen, or take photos near the main stage. I was thrilled to find two college friends, Carolyn and Lianna, at the Expotique on Friday. We even caught a speech from one of my girlcrushes, Shalane Flanagan!

Nike Women's Half Marathon DC

Nike Women's Half Marathon DC

To the back of the Expotique was a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society booth. On the right, three major vendors had booths–Nuun, Luna Bar, and Paul Mitchell. I especially loved the Luna Bar booth, where you could create and print custom race signs. On Saturday, both of my parents made signs for the race.

Nike Women's Half Marathon DC

Near the vendor booths, there was a giant wall where runners could sign their names or leave a message. I may have signed in more than one spot. And outside the Georgetown store up the street, a block-long wall was printed with the names of the runners. Seeing my name on that wall made it all real for me. Crossing my fingers that I’ll get to see what San Francisco has in store!

Nike Women's Half Marathon DC

Nike Women's Half Marathon DC

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  • Reply Jackie

    I ran the the SF Nike Women’s Half in Oct 2013 as my first Half Marathon. I highly recommend it!! Of course it’s a hilly course (miles 7-9 were killer!) but it’s an awesome time with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge along the way! Good luck getting in.

    May 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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