I wandered around the store a bit waiting for others to arrive. It appears they were doing a fun run before the party and I hadn't realized it. I haven't run in awhile myself since I've been letting my body heal from various ailments so I wouldn't have gone even had I known about it. From what I heard they actually took a route to the Lincoln Park Zoo to see the lights.
Also while I was waiting I checked out the display that the Mizuno rep, Ryan, had set up and checked out the various shoes. I love my Wave Inspires 9 and was excited to finally see the 10s in person. Ryan loaded all the runners up with a bunch of Mizuno swag. The best item had to be the reflective vests. They will be perfect for running in the dark no matter the time of year and even have a small inside pocket for keys or ID. I also got a water bottle that opens on both ends and a clip on reflector with strobe light.
|10th anniversary Inspires|
When the runners got back they swooped in on the snacks and drinks. It sounds like they had a lot of fun out on their run. Soon there was the raffle drawing. The prizes were custom insoles, a pack of running socks, and a grand prize of free shoes from Ryan, the Mizuno rep. First there was a hyperactive little boy who won the jar of Kisses. My guess of 175 was way over the actual number of 139, but the boy had 140 so that was pretty impressive. We tried to get him to eat them all at once but the father wasn't having it. The numbers were called off for the insoles and the socks. Next up came the shoes... my numbers were being read off, I won! Ryan came over and gave me a big hug, he's friendly. He was just as excited as I was for me winning since I'm a Mizuno guy. He whipped out the catalog and was like I know you just got the Inspires, so you can get them in another color or any other pair of shoes. We can go crazy with this if you want. So after some thought I went with the Trail Ascend 8 which is based on the Elixir - a shoe I have worn previously - but made for the trails.
Ryan took down my information and I made sure that the shoes wouldn't ship before January 4th since I'm going out of town. He got my address, email, shoe order and size and everything. To top things off I had an e-mail from him first thing this morning saying it was nice meeting me and letting me know the order was all set and to follow up with him if there are any issues.
I was kind of sad that none of the other bloggers made it to the party, but I chatted with some other runners and Steph from RRS remembered me and my name from when I came for safety night. Maybe you guys should come next time and get some great beer and great swag :)