My Runner’s World Festival Experience + Races

Take me back!

It was really the perfect weekend in Bethlehem, PA- beautiful fall colors, perfect running weather and awesome company.

It kicked off Thursday evening with a Runner’s World HQ tour with Bart Yasso and dinner with the staff and editors.  The food was awesome- make your own grain bowls with an amazing green goddess dressing that I would happily eat every day!

Friday was a packed day.  We got up bright and early for a shake out run with Ryan Hall followed by seminars with Golden Harper, founder of Altra.

After sharing the “why and how” behind the company, he led us in a runner’s technique workshop (and had to show off climbing up this crazy arch!)

Interestingly, I’ve just made the switch to Altra this summer after the tendonitis issue and have really come to love Altra.  My legs are so much happier!

He described un-glueing and re-making shoes in his dad’s running shop to get rid of extra height to help runners have a more natural stride and, consequently, fewer injuries.

There are also two performance benefits: when the toes have more room, the big toe can help with the push off and with zero drop, the leg can use the full “spring” instead of being cut short a bit.  Both made a lot of sense to me.

We had lunch and a book signing with Bart and it’s easy to see why runners of all abilities love him – he’s such a genuine guy.  And then the trail race began at 3:30pm.  I ran the grand slam last time and skipped the trail this time as my goal was to get in a solid 20 miler Saturday morning.

I loved getting to know Rylie, Theodora and Zoe over dinner that night.  It was also fun to room with Lauren who I will see at Boston in April! It was my first time meeting Sarah, who did the dog race with her adorable dog, and I always love seeing speedy Hollie.

5k start

Saturday was the 5k, 10, dog races and kids races- whew! A packed day! That afternoon, I picked out a new Stick and Mojo compression socks, plus checked out some of the Janji gear.

I also caught an awesome panel that Sara Hall was part of and loved hearing from her and her experience as a new mom with the four Ethiopian girls they adopted!

We closed the day with a pasta dinner with RW staff and editor in chief Betty Ortiz.  And then the half marathon was Sunday morning, which I skipped this year.

My 20 miler with the 5k/10k was so much fun! I did a 3 mile warm up, then ran the 5k, ran easy, ran the 10k and wrapped up with 2 cool down miles.  I ran both races around a 7:15 pace and even grabbed 3rd in age group at the 10k!

I really love everything about this weekend and was so grateful to be invited to be a part of it!

Anyone else at the RW festival this weekend? Or any plans to join next year?

Have you met Bart at a race? He travels most weekends of the year but will be retiring in just a few months.

I’m linking up with  SuzRachelLora, and Debbie for Running Coaches Corner, and NicoleAnnmarieMichelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday and PattyErika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run.

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14 thoughts on “My Runner’s World Festival Experience + Races

  1. There was a time that race weekend was near the top of my bucket list. This year I forgot about it….I blame Berlin. So so glad you enjoyed all of it and congrats on that AG place! Bart and Ryan and Sarah are all such great people. I met them all in Boston and Chicago. Bart was Marine Corps the year I ran it too. I’ll be sad when he retires.
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  2. This brings back so many memories!!! I had such a blast the one time I was there and you were a big reason why. I love the way you did the 20 miler too!! And congrats on those speedy paces and AG placing!!! You are going to kick so much ass in the marathon. I cannot wait!!
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