Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Runner’s World Festival and Half!!! This was one of the best weekends I have ever had, and I cannot thank Runner’s World, all their editor’s, all the volunteers, all the sponsor’s and the 19 amazing bloggers who attended for giving me the opportunity to attend this amazing event and to help me reignite my love and passion for running!!! It was amazing!
The weekend began Thursday afternoon with a road trip to Bethlehem, PA. I drove down with Laura Beachy, the woman responsible for making this weekend fantastic, and Susan from Nurse on the Run. We arrived around 5pm after some minor bumps in the road, we had a half an hour to check-in and get on the blogger bus that was taking to the Runner’s World BBQ at their headquarters.
I checked in, met my roommate Linda from Running4Two and then we headed down to the blogger bus together!
I knew some of the bloggers from previous events, some I only knew from their blogs, some I didn’t know at all, but I could not have asked for a better group of people to hang out with all weekend!
After a short ride to Rodale aka Runner’s World Headquarters, we were greeted by Bart Yasso, yes THE Bart Yasso, and David Tratner, the senior director of communications at Runner’s World.
Rodale (Runner’s World HQ), looked nothing like I thought it would. It was huge and not office like, if you know what I mean. We had the opportunity to meet the Runner’s World editors, writers and staff at the BBQ before our tour. Amazing food and amazing people, especially David Willey, the Runner’s World editor-in-chief, who everyone had a crush on, including me. (Disclosure: He is married ladies.)
I talked with the articles editor, Christine Fennessy, for awhile. In addition to her duties at Runner’s World she was training for the MCM marathon. Runners at Runner’s World, seems appropriate.
First stop was the prayer/peace room. The pictures I took does not do it adequate justice, it is a room where Bart starts his day every time he is in the office, and I personally wish I could start my day in this room.
Next we stopped at the “workout” area, which featured a treadmill desk and a bicycle desk. I desperately need a treadmill desk! If I worked here I would definitely utilize this space.
Our next stop was Bart Yasso’s office. We had the opportunity to see his space, plus all of his amazing race bibs, which he uses to cover the window of his his door for privacy.
After Bart’s office we saw the wall of magazines, which included all the foreign editions of Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, etc.. Each cover we viewed was unique to it’s specific region. We also got a sneak peek of December’s issue, which was right behind the Runner’s World sign!
I even caught Kristin from Stuft Mama trying to “steal” the Runner’s World sign, of course I had to get a pic with her!!!!
I actually missed out on part of the tour to take to David Willey, unfortunately I was enamored that I forgot to get a pic with him. I caught up with the rest of the bloggers at David’s office.
Next up was the bike room!!!! This room housed bikes that the employees use to get to and from work or on their lunch hour. Some of the bikes were pretty expensive too!!
The tour left me wanting to work here. It didn’t look like a normal office space, more cozy and casual. Lunch hours consist of groups heading out for the runs and bike rides. Don’t get me wrong, these people work, a lot, but the environment is just fantastic.
Dessert waited for us at the end of the tour. I had one, maybe two of the freshly made S’mores. During dessert we had time to mingle with the editors, Bart Yasso and Golden Harper form Altra. During our conversation with Golden we found out he ran a 2:45 marathon when he was 12, a world best!!!
That ended our night, but it was just the beginning of an awesome weekend filled with running, inspiration, laughter and fun!!!! There are a few more recaps coming up this week!!!!