I’m not running tomorrow, but as a runner, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the NYC Half Marathon Expo on Friday. It was on 18th St between 6th and 7th Avenue, not quite on my way to anything but also not entirely out of my way, plus I love being in the mix, seeing the new running trends, feeling the energy and just being surrounded by runners.
I met some cool new people.
1. First, there was Casi, who is living my dream. I’m an engineer but Casi is actively engaged in solving the world’s problems, one bottle at a time.
Have you ever been at an event and put your water bottle down and then you weren’t sure if it was still your bottle, because the person you were talking to also put their bottle on the table and all the bottles look alike? Well, Cassie started a company called H2OID that sells ID labels that you can put on your bottle or glass to identify ownership. That way, you can actually drink the bottle of water you started out with, instead of constantly starting a new bottle just to be safe. The ID bands are reusable, they’re washable, they come in cool colors and they are just plain fun to use.
This is Cassie, standing in front of her display at the NYC Half Expo. I should have taken a picture with her, so at the next event when she’s hit it big and she has representatives at her booth, I can produce the pic as I namedrop and say things like “I met Cassie when she was just starting out.” I love the fact that her idea is simple but meets a very real need. And the labels are cheap. $5 a pop online. And she was gracious enough to give me a sample to test, which I love. See I am even rocking it at home.
Now it’s your turn. Click on the website and try these cool ID bands for yourself. Buy a couple and give one to a friend, or buy a stash for your next party. Try them out!
Earlier this week, I wrote about my new obsession with Larabar products, the simple ingredients, how tasty they are, how they motivate me to workout so I can have my treat at the end. And then the reps at the Larabar booth told me about Terracycle which just gave them some more cool points in my book. Seems the Small Planet Foods all have some special vegan packaging that recycles quicker and when you’ve enjoyed your Larabar treats, you can save the packages for recycle. Terracycle is an independent waste collection and recycling company which sorts through waste in an effort to repurpose and reuse materials instead of adding to the landfills. Terracycle has partnered with some specific companies which use packages that are easily reusable and when you recycle those products, they are repurposed much easier. Small Planet Foods is one of those companies. So if you like the idea of Zero Waste, you can get a Zero Waste box and put all your partner companies waste in it. Then those partner companies, like Small Planet Foods, will pay for the recycling.
I think this is a wonderful idea. I think anyone who has ever walked by a New York City apartment building on trash day can appreciate how much garbage is produced everyday and anything we can do to cut down on some of that waste ending up in landfills, I think. is a step in the right direction. Kudos to you, Small Planet Foods. Anything to justify buying more energy bars and chips!
4. This is the next generation of runners. I mean after you’ve written your name on the wall, the next logical step is to run the race. So, she might have to wait a few years, but I bet she grows up to be a runner.
5. The volunteer from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, who convinced me that I should not just sign up with the charity to run the marathon (which I wanted to do anyway), but also to sign up as a bone marrow donor. His day job is in marketing and he’s good at it. But he also gave me something to do about the helplessness I feel about so many family members who have battled/are battling diseases of various sorts.
5. The highlight of my expo trip was meeting these two women from Orlando, who I met while they were taking pics at the wall.
These ladies asked me to take a pic of them and that turned into us becoming friends.They had traveled from Orlando to NYC to run the NYC Half Marathon, even though they’ve never run this distance before and they’re not super prepared for the race but they wanted to support their charity and have an awesome New York City experience. They made my afternoon and after I met them, I knew the day couldn’t get any better so I left the expo.
Thanks for making me laugh and for inspiring me, ladies. All the best in your race. Hopefully, the next time you run in NYC, we can run together.
Running is one of those things that makes me feel good even when I’m not running, because running allows me to belong to a wonderful group, the running community.
All the best to everyone running the NYC Half Marathon in a few hours. Whatever else happens, have fun and #RUNWRIGHT.
(As you probably figured out, this post is a day late. Sorry!)