Welcome Dinner and Tour of Runner’s World

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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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62 Comments

  1. Oh man, I just received my issue of Runner’s World today! And I’m jealous of your goodie bag.

    I never say no to a s’more. Or a s’more flavored anything.

  2. What a neat thing to be a part of! I love seeing what’s in peoples swag bags. Jelous of your goodies and what a good time you are having. Good luck in the half!

  3. Looks like such a good time – geez I really should have gone this weekend. Oh well…I normally would choose a chocolate chip cookie but I am going to go with a cookie with a brownie baked in the center. I love making those, that way I don’t have to choose!

  4. Brownie all the way!!! I’ve never actually had a smore but saw a cool version made with raw grain free, vegan “cookies”, raw chocolate and coconut butter! Good luck with the first race!!!

  5. This looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to hear how the race(s) went. Also…just for fun…I’m sure you’ve already seen this but I had to forward on this 12 Pug Tips for a Stellar Halloween just in case you haven’t. It’s pretty darn funny/cute 🙂 mashable.com/2013/10/14/pug-halloween/

  6. What an awesome swag bag! And I would LOVE a treadmill work station! How cool! I think that’s more comfortable than just a standing desk too because I find my muscles get stiff when I’m standing still, but I could do a slow walk for ages!

  7. Ughhh I LOVEEEE David Willey. such a fan girl haha.. his article is always one of my favorites.. So cool seeing the inner workings of Runner’s World!

  8. Have fun this weekend! I live in the area and really hope you get to experience some of our cute towns and good restaurants! I know you’ll get a good view of the Steelstacks!

  9. What an awesome adventure you’re on! I have to admit, I’m pretty jealous – it would be so cool to see the Runner’s World Headquarters!

    It’s a toss between a warm, gooey cookie or a warm, gooey brownie.

    Anyway, enough about food! Good luck tomorrow!

  10. A treadmill work station? Um, genius! I interviewed at Runner’s World right after college and unfortunately didn’t get the job. So, I definitely have a little blogger envy ;-).

    I’d really like to meet my blogging running friends, like you and Hungry Runner Girl!

    S’mores, hands down, every time.

  11. S’mores!! I haven’t had those all year as I usually save those for camping, but no camping this year = random S’more moments to make up for it 🙂 Good luck with the 1/2!

  12. How exciting!!! I live about 25 minutes from Bethlehem, and will be participating in the 10K tomorrow along with Kayla from Blondes Have More Run. Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll run into you! 🙂

  13. I would LOVE to meet Bart Yasso and Kara Goucher. This tour looks awesome, I’m slightly jealous that you got to tour Runner’s World 🙂 So cool! And definitely brownie…warm, a la mode!

  14. I totally read that first line as “Hello from the Bathroom!” I am such a spazz. I hope you’re having a great time in BETHLEHEM… not in the bathroom 😛

  15. What’s in the powered by tuna box? It sounds kind of gross. I have never seen you eat tuna. Why would you love it?

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