I braved the Seattle bus system, one of my biggest fears, and made it to the first blogger meetup...lunch at Elysian, a little after 1. I immediately recognized two of my Nuun teammates, Tasha and Stacie and not surprisingly they are just as awesome and sweet as their blogs portray. My Mt. Si teammates Nicole and Lindsay were also there! We ate and chatted before most of us headed over to the expo for more meetups!
|Nicole and Tasha|
I can't say enough about how well run the Rock and Roll franchise is and the expo is always such a well oiled machine. I got my packet with no waiting and made my way into the expo to check out the goods.
|Me and Nicole|
Next up...Nuun booth! I met many of the awesome Nuun employees including Zoe, Arielle, Caitlin, Mason, and Kim. I knew I was getting myself involved with an awesome company but I didn't know they would make me feel like family right away...seriously amazing group of people! And I met two more of my Nuun Kids on the Block teammates, Alanna and Holly.
|Me, Alanna, Tasha and Holly|
As if I hadn't already met a ton of new friends I headed to the blogger meetup at the Expo that Mel from Tall Mom on the Run organized. She did a little Runner's World history lesson that included popular columnist John Bigham. Mel did an awesome job, I think she may be missing her calling as a public speaker? :) After, we mingled with bloggers and took a group picture. I was joking all day how I should have carried around a sign in sheet so I could remember everyone I met and I wish I really had!
|John and Mel...perfect pair!|
|The whole gang (picture from facebook)|
Since I clearly hadn't had my fill of fabulous blogging ladies I headed to Purple downtown to meetup with Stacie, Allison, Rebecca, and Laura. Evidently Purple was a popular pre-race choice because my fellow Nuun teammates Dawn, Becky, and Alanna were at a table right behind us. I had an amazing lamb burger with a side salad and it totally hit the pre-race dinner spot. I just wish I could have indulged in a little wine since that is what they are known for :(.
|Allison, Stacie, Me, Rebecca, Laura (pic from Stacie)|
|race day essentials|
Question: Were you at any of the meetups? Comment so I remember you and make sure I follow you!