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After going the wrong direction the I-4 for a while, we got our bearings and arrived at EPCOT around 6:15 a.m. on the Friday morning.
|Spaceship Earth looked amazing!|
Right away we met Jeff Galloway. We didn't talk to him for very long because we were getting ready to go out for our run around EPCOT, but he was super friendly to everyone and willing to pose for pictures.
We had a choice between running straight through with Rachel Booth and Suzy Favour Hamilton or doing a run/walk with Jeff Galloway. Although Julie was fan-girling pretty hard for Suzy, she let me pick and I went with Jeff Galloway. I'm really glad we did because I heard after that the straight running group was going super fast (less than 8:00 minute miles!)
|Julie running through EPCOT|
|The Mexico pavilion|
|The China pavilion|
|Our running group|
|The Germany pavilion.|
|We all got tiaras!|
We then met some more celebrity friends. The RunDisney staff were awesome about taking our pictures for us with our own cameras:
|Hello, Princess Minnie!|
|Rapunzel complimented my |
skirt and told us to always carry
our frying pan!
We also had the chance to chat with some new friends, including Courtney from Run Courtney Run (@runcourtrun) (who I chatted with for hours on Twitter making sure neither of us missed the RSVP time for the meet up!) and Kelly from According to Kelly (@according2kelly) who was generous enough to hand deliver new Team Sparkle skirts to anyone who wanted to order one at a discount (I'm bought a new pink one for my next half marathon!)
On our way out of Expo I made Julie take my picture with the panda topiaries in the China pavilion. I love pandas and topiaries. Win.
After the meet-up we headed to the Expo. We were hoping to beat the rush by being there relatively close to the opening. Of course we were wrong on that one! It was packed, especially the official merchandise area. We picked up our bibs and shirts, spent a little money on official merchandise and Nuun, grabbed some free samples and headed home.
|Not our ride.|
I know there have been some complaints that the goody bag was "virtual" rather than an actual goody bag, but I really liked not receiving a bag full of coupons and pamphlets I may never use. There were plenty of free samples at the Expo so you could grab the ones you liked.
All in all it was a great day. I would definitely recommend trying to sign up for the meet-up if you ever attend a runDisney event!