Disclosure: As a Fit Foodie Ambassador I was able to attend all events associated with the race with a friend at no cost for my honest opinion of this event.
As soon as I heard the Fit Foodie Race Weekend was coming to Tampa I knew I had to be a part of it!!! I quickly applied to be an ambassador and waited patiently for the notification I was accepted. When I heard that I was accepted I was ecstatic!!!! I mean food and alcohol, plus a race, equals my dream!!!! This was a memorable weekend that I will recap in three parts starting with the Fit Foodie Party With A Purpose!!
I am thankful every day for the opportunity that this blog brings me and this party was no exception. I was fortunate enough to invite a friend and we had a blast. In exchange for the invite my friend drove, although even if she didn’t, I would have invited her anyway. One thing I miss about New York is that there you never really have to drive anywhere because of the availability of public transportation. Here in Tampa it is Uber or bust.
We picked up our race packets at the International Mall and then headed to the Fly Bar rooftop for the Fit Foodie Party with a Purpose! Tampa, unlike New York, is easy to get to from where I live and for the most part traffic isn’t an issue…..at least not at night.
The event took lace on the rooftop of the Fly Bar! It was a beautiful view, a little on the hot side, but it is Tampa. Allison and I were one of the first to arrive which meant we had the opportunity to talk to the elite athletes, Ryan Hall and Bill Rodgers, for a little longer than most others. Ryan and I go way back…….we met last year in NYC when I traveled there with ASICS for the marathon.
They are both amazing! To have the opportunity to mingle with elite athletes who are in all actuality just like all of us is a privilege. Not once did they ever make you feel like they were any different or any better than the rest of us. In reality they made us feel like we were the amazing athletes, which just makes me love them even more.
The rest of the party consisted of eating, drinking, taking pictures and mingling with the sponsors and the other attendees! To say we had fun is an understatement.
All the sponsor’s for this race were amazing! Lorissa’s Kitchen was at the party giving out their amazing premium protein meat snacks! A big thanks for all the samples they provided of their amazing product. If you like meat snacks you will love Lorissa’s Kitchen!
I had the opportunity to meet editor’s from both Health and Cooking Light magazine. Hannah from Cooking Light hung out with us for quite awhile and we learned a lot about her and her responsibilities at the magazine. I now have a friend in Birmingham, Alabama.
They ended the night with some giveaways, none of which my friend Allison and I won.
It was a pretty amazing night. A little too much beer for the night before a race, but overall I would say it was a pretty fun night. We even ran into some Long Islanders who bought us a lemon drop, which I should not have had, before we left. The only thing that would have made this night better was if it was not the night before the race, but considering the party was only from 6pm-8pm it shouldn’t have been too bad if we had actually left at 8pm. You only live once, right?
Would you attend a party the night before a race?