• Welcome Dinner and Tour of Runner’s World

    October 17, 2013

    Helloooo from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania! I’m having a blast so far and the Runner’s World Festival & Half hasn’t even officially started yet!

    After a quick flight from Boston, I arrived safe and sound at the Philadelphia airport where I met Monica, Sarah, Brittany, and Janae, who I was especially excited to meet in person for the very first time. She’s as sweet and friendly as I expected!

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    The five of us hopped in van and, about an hour later, we arrived at our hotel for the weekend. I’m rooming with my favorite red-headed Mexican.

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    When we checked into the hotel, each of us was given a bag full of goodies from Runner’s World. Yay! I love the “Powered by Tuna” box! Yeehaw!

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    A short while later, our group (there’s 20 of us bloggers) boarded a (party) bus and drove to the Runner’s World (Rodale) offices for a welcome dinner and tour of the facilities by Bart Yasso.

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    Woohoo! Excited to be at Runner’s World!

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    Dinner was a catered barbeque with burgers, hot dogs, various toppings (mmm… caramelized onions), and a couple of different salad options.

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    My plate—I swear there’s a cheeseburger under all of those greens!

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    And, of course, I left room for dessert!

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    After dinner, Bart took us for a tour of the Rodale offices.

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    Treadmill workstation = awesome!

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    Bart’s office was one of my favorite stops of the tour!

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    He told us that most of the bibs hanging on the walls and door are from him changing in his office right after a race.

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    I also enjoyed hearing some of the behind the scenes info about Runner’s World from Editor-in-Chief, David Willey.

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    He told us that the “bread and butter” of Runner’s World content focuses on four major topics: training, nutrition, injury prevention, and gear/shoes. And, each year, the magazine plans for specific topics in certain issues. For instance, the April issue always focuses on weight loss while the October issue is always centered around nutrition.

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    Random: Here’s a flat cardboard cat that I spotted in someone’s office. My mom and sister will get a kick out of this.

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    The evening ended with s’mores, conversation, and a ride back to the hotel.

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    We have an early start to a busy day tomorrow, so goooooood night!!!

    Questions of the Day

    What famous runner would you most like to meet?

    Would you rather eat a brownie, chocolate chip cookie, or s’more?

    P.S. Be sure to check out the #rwhalf hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to follow along with the fun at the festival!

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    Jody - Fit at 55 October 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    How exciting for you! I am not a serious runner so.. no meets for me – Hugh Jackman would do though AND Barbra Streisand – love her!

    None of the choices – Molasses cookie for me! :)

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    amanda October 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Joan Benoit Samuleson would be amazing. Paula Radcliffe would be a second but I have been spoiled in my career that I have met her and so many amazing athletes. Bart’s office is incredible and I can’t imagine sitting in there and not wanting to sign up for a race daily. :-)

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    Heathers Looking Glass October 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

    How fun! I love me some Bart, he is so, so sweet and funny. Have a blast!

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    Nikki October 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I live in Bethelehm and used to work at Rodale. What did you think of the city?

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    Shay October 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Looks like a fund day! Love the flat cat!

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