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Sunday, January 30, 2011

2011 Great Lakes MultiSport Expo Review

I visited the 2011 Great Lakes MultiSport Expo (HERE) at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin, Wisconsin this weekend. Last year, the expo was located in Milwaukee at the State Fair Park. The expo was a bit further of a drive for me, but I'm glad I went. The venue was nice, but there seemed to be a few less exhibitors than 2010. The parking lot was a bit of a chaotic mess. Besides the slush mess of gravel and melted snow, vehicles were parked all over the place in no rhyme-or-reason. It made it pretty difficult to find a spot to park. When I got inside, though, it was well organized and I was excited to go shopping and meet with vendors. I had pre-purchased my admission at Berkeley Running Company (HERE) in Madison the week prior. Always good to get a discount.

I met with the race organizer from the Prairie du Chien Half Marathon (held in May in Wisconsin) (HERE) and really enjoyed chatting with her. More on that soon. I also chatted a lot with the lady that ran the IRUNLIKEAGIRL (HERE) booth. I didn't pick up anything at their booth this year, because they no longer had the sweet $10 bins!!! I really do love their technical tops.


I had been in touch in touch for the past few months with Dan from Hidden Bay Sports (HERE). Hidden Bay Sports creates custom running, cycling and triathlon apparel. I had a great time getting to know Dan and Chris at the expo. And, I look forward to working with them much more in the future. Check out the custom Running Diva Apparel they designed for me to sport at my twelve half marathons this year!!! Doesn't it rock?! Much more on this fabulous business relationship really soon. Stay tuned.

Me with Dan from Hidden Bay Sports

Hidden Bay sports created a custom pink animal print singlet, at matching headband and techinical top. I can't wait to sport these on my next 13.1 mile journey!



I also picked up a turquoise skirt from Skirt Sports, a long sleeve hot pink technical top, some fun argyle socks, some new nutrition to try and another pink handheld. Can never have too many, right?!?!

I am really glad that I took a break from the Wisconsin winter to attend the expo. The expo was not huge, but was a decent size and it was nice to be surrounded with some like-minded people. It also got me psyched up for race season and meeting all of my goals for 2011. Now I'm fired up!

24 comments:

  1. Those shirts and headband they desgigned for you are awesome! You are going to look fantastic sporting them! Glad you had a nice time at the expo! I love expos!

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  2. Awesome!! I didn't make it this year but really enjoyed it last year. Looks like you got some great stuff!

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  3. Cute stuff!!! :0) Love the gear!

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  4. Cute outfits - they will DEFINITELY make you run faster. :)

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  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE those outfits! Can't wait to see you wear them!

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  6. Oh my gosh the custom shirts from Hidden Bay Sports are too cute! What perfect gear for you! What a great way to advertise your blog!

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  7. Cute top! I think they've captured the essence of Running Diva Mom perfectly.

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  8. The clothes that Hidden Bay Sports designed for you are awesome. I am a pink lover myself.

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  9. Love the custom clothes! coveting that water bottle too =) Sounds like you had a good time!

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  10. Great stuff. That sounds like a super expo with a lot of great stuff to look at and buy :)!

    Love the custom shirt and singlet - very diva :)!

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  11. Super cute custom clothes!! They are awesome!

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  12. This is funny to me on two points - I know the race organizer (Linda) for the Prairie Du Chien race (I've done it for the past few years) and think she's awesome. :) I also liked the expo (went today) but agree with you that there were fewer participants than last year, though I think the quality of the vendors was slightly higher...

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  13. Love the clothes! Really cute!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

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  14. That custom gear is awesome! :)

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  15. Sounds like a fun expo. The ones here are nothing like that.
    That RDM outfit is definitely you! Perfect pink!
    I had to zoom in to check out the argyle socks - cute, cute, cute!

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  16. I don't think I should be allowed near a place like that. I would buy way too much! I'm impressed by your restraint!

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  17. Looks like a great expo! The shirts they made for you are so awesome! Doesn't it make you feel like a rock star to have companies design shirts for you?

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  18. LOVE your custom clothes ... and ... wanted to say "thanks". My retro shorts arrived today, and it's my birthday week, so it's like getting an extra present! <3

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  19. The cutom clothes are the greatest! I love the print.

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  20. love your blog. so funny that i just came across it and i am actually in the first picture from the expo with two of my friends!! love the expo and your writing and reviews! happy running!!

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  21. Love love love your custom outfit! Hope you will be doing something like that for the rest of us! I would so love something in pink cheetah!

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