Clarksville Half Marathon: The Expo

This weekend was the second annual Clarksville Half Marathon.  While overall it was a good race, it lost a little bit of the mojo from the inaugural event last year.

The web site said there would be no race-day registration or packet pickup, so I left work a couple of hours early Friday to go to the expo.  I drove an hour and a half to Clarksville, went into the hotel that was hosting the expo and noticed immediately how QUIET it was.  I saw a sign pointing me in the direction of the expo and walked into the large meeting hall.  The EMPTY large meeting hall.  Well, empty save for the table with the shirts and the table with the bibs.  I spent all of two minutes getting my stuff and asked the guy at the shirt table, “Where is the expo?”

I received a blank look as my answer.

Me: “Are you serious?  This is it?”

Shirt dude:  “Well, there were supposed to be vendors, but no one is showing up.”

Last year, I remember there being LOTS of booths.  I don’t remember what all there was because I kinda rushed through it.  I had a 7-month-old American Bulldog puppy waiting for me in the car.  I didn’t want her to go all Turner & Hooch on me (“Not the car!!!  Don’t eat the car!!!), so I didn’t waste any time.  I was kinda looking forward to being able to take my time at it this year.  But less than five minutes after arriving in Clarksville I was back on the road home with nothing but a shirt, a bib, a timing chip, and a goodie bag.  At least there was a goodie bag, right?  I didn’t open it until I got home.  Wanna see what was in it?  Feast your eyes upon this bad boy:

And that was it.

This all might have been funny if I hadn’t wasted a buttload of gas (remember I just got that Tahoe???) and three hours of my day.  I was so miffed that I just tossed the crappy little water bottle straight into the plastics recycling bag.

And you know what the icing on the whole cake was?  When we got to the race this morning, guess what was under a tent right next to the starting line portajohns.


Packet pickup.

You can’t make this stuff up, people.

(Stay tuned!  Race report forthcoming!

One thought on “Clarksville Half Marathon: The Expo

  1. That sucks Pam! If it makes you feel any better, this last half marathon that I ran in had no packet pick-up race morning. Packet pick-up was at a convention center and we had to pay 10 bucks to park the car! I like looking around at the expos too….I think there was maybe three booths. I feel your pain!


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