I’ve come from my fabulous race weekend with some wicked SWAG! And come on people, aren’t most of us in it for the swag?!?!
- It all came in a great re-useable and sturdy The North Face (TNF) bag – I know it’s sturdy because I have one from last year that’s still going strong for my groceries!
- TNF Race technical T-shirt – As well as the men’s shirts it was available in a cute and flattering women’s cut – with another awesome design on the front – pink bear paw prints for the ladies and blue for the men – love it!
- TNF Arm Warmers – useful gear for those chilly spring and fall mornings when you can’t quite decide on what to wear! I use arm warmers all the time (I saw similar ones in the TNF store later for $28!! – wow – so generous of the sponsors!)
- TNF Water Bottle!
Race Finisher Award
So you don’t get a medal at the Whistler Half Marathon. But before you freak out at the lack of bling there’s a rather awesome alternative… Limited edition prints by a local Whistler Artist – Chili Thom. I love the artists style and I love that I will have a fabulous, lasting and rather unique memento of the race (And really how many medals are you going to display anyway?). The 10km finishers got a commemorative mug for their efforts – sweet!
Post Race Food
Is it just me or do you judge a race by the food (ok, not just by the food!!) The athlete food stations post race are excellent and well managed – long tables full of goodies and very little congestion. Bottles of water, Bagels, Bananas, Apples, Trail Mix, Oikos Yogurts and (my personal favourite!!) Ritter Sport chocolates!! Wait, that’s not all!! Set apart was a table manned with cheese toasty making machines – and the best bit – imprinted in each slice of bread was TNF logo – clever and fun!! (And tasty!)
Oikos also had a separate trailer set up handing out more yummy greek yogurt and Starbucks were on hand handing out cans of their Refreshers drinks. There was certainly no chance of leaving the finish area hungry!!
This year the race organizers planned a 5km recovery run around some of the local trails – we met at 8am at the North Face store and set up for around a 40 minute run – all attendees got a TNF visor for showing up! And more Ritter Sport Chocolate and Starbucks coffee!! Yet another little addition (for free!!) to make this weekend so much more than just a 21.1km race!
Thank you so much to the race organizers and the incredible sponsors, and thank you for having me here blogging for the last few months!!
See you next year Whistler!!