For the second time, I was invited to be a part of a Runner’s World event, as an official blogger. You may recall, I was a part of the RW HeartbreakHill Festival (Boston, MA) blogging team in June.
This past weekend, I participated in the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival in Bethlehem, PA. As an added bonus, my brother chose to fly into PA to be a registered racer for the hat trick! I was excited to go to PA, as I have never been there. I have several friends from PA and wanted to see a taste of what they knew, so well.
Arriving at the Philadelphia airport, my fellow bloggers, Dani, Matt, Katie F. & myself drove to our hotel in Bethlehem, PA. Without traffic, it is typically 1.5 hours. We hit traffic on the way to the hotel, but it gave us a chance to catch up with each other, since our Heartbreak Hill Festival in June. Katie F. was my hotel roommate for the weekend.
Upon arriving at the hotel and after check-in, we were whisked away to Rodale Communications HQ, where we were warmly greeted by the staff. Of course, I was asked (as a joke), “any cardboard boxes this time?”
That is a story that will forever follow me, won’t it? (insert joke)
After our wonderful dinner at the Rodale cafeteria, we were officially welcomed by Editor-in-Chief, David Willey and the Mayor of Running, Bart Yasso
From there, we were on our way to tour HQ. This is the heartbeat of Runner’s World, I was very excited to see the office and it’s set up.
First, we stopped in the prayer/solitude room. Bart Yasso had an official Native American name for it, but it escapes me at the moment.
We were taken upstairs to see the art department and various office. Of course, Bart’s office was a BIG hit with the blogger group. His office is lined up with race memorabilia from all his decades of racing.
Several stops in the Art Department to see the past, present & future issues in the works.
Next up – the Social Media department. Yea, my heart was happy to be here. RW does an excellent job in their social media department.
After floating through more offices and listening to what David and Bart had to say, we made our way outside (by now, it’s dark and rather nippy for this desert dweller. Glad I bought a hoodie).
We roasted marshmallows and some of the bloggers ate s’mores.
From HQ, we were bused back to our hotel. Shortly after I arrived in my hotel room, Katie texted me to ask if I would come down to the hotel lounge for a bit. Although, I am not a drinker – nor do I frequent bars, I was happy to come down and chat with the other bloggers for a bit. Spent about an hour chatting with Kristin from Fit Bottomed Girls. What a great person to chat with, I enjoyed her conversation very much.
Finally, my head and body were just too tired, I had to get to bed. The next day was officially Day1 of our blogger duties & I had a feeling we were in for some big surprises.
I would like to introduce you to the blogging team. Full of athletic talent, social media savvy and all around happy people. Our pictures, made into two collages:
Their blog/websites (in alpha order, by their first names)
Ali from Ali on the Run
Aliah from The Get Fit Diva
Beth from Shut Up And Run
Dani from Weight Off My Shoulders
Dick from Better Cheaper Slower
Doug from Rock Creek Runner
Jamie from From Couch To Ironwoman
Katie from Runs for Cookies
Katie from Ms Fit Runner
Kristen from Fit Bottomed Girls
Lauren from The Foodie Runner
Matt from No Meat Athlete
Presley from Run Pretty
Sarah from Picky Runner
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*Disclaimer: I was an invited guest blogger to the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival in Bethlehem, PA. The views, reviews and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the organizers nor sponsors or any other company/individual affiliated with the event.