Friday, December 20, 2013

VIP Christmas Party at Road Runner Sports

Last night was the Christmas Party at Road Runner Sports.  I got an invite both as having VIP membership as well as being part of the Chicago Running Bloggers.  I thought some of my fellow bloggers were going so I made a mad rush home from work to make it on time.  When I got there I checked in and got a raffle ticket.  I then got another raffle ticket for playing guess how many Hershey Kisses were in a jar.  I was given a thank you Xmas ornament and off I went.

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.

The swag
After some announcements were made and pictures taken the runners headed off.  There were only a handful of people who stayed behind.  I wandered around the store some more and then finally decided I wanted to try the Inspire 10s on.  Yup, felt fantastic and had to get them.  I was due for new shoes anyways.  I also tried on a pair of trail shoes since I will probably need some for my various trail runs in 2014.  I didn't wind up getting those and that turned into a wise decision later on. Since I bought Mizuno shoes, Ryan disappeared and came back with a Mizuno t-shirt for me which was kind of awesome.  I also got a re-usable bag with the Kanji symbol for Run on it.  Finally someone decided to break the ice and grab a beer so I followed suit.  They had brews from Revolution and Lagunitas. There were also some wines and bubbly.

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 :)


  1. Sounds like fun! Congrats on the new shoes - winning stuff is fun. (Also, I am way jealous of your swag :) )

    1. I was surprised - better than a lot of races and I didn't even have to pay for entry. I'm excited for the shoes. I was going to buy some trail ones for the 3 trail halfs I'm planning in 2014, but now I don't have to.

  2. What a fun event! I did not know about it and probably would have gone. But maybe it is a good thing I didn't or else I would have won the pair of shoes and not you. JK. Great swag too!!

    1. The invite was sent out to all the bloggers, it must have slipped through on FB. I don't notice all the invites I get. I was certainly surprised to win the shoes, but glad I did.