Incase you don't know, Race retreat is where you pay extra cash but you get a temperature controlled tent with private bag check, private bathrooms and changing areas, and fun photo opps (see above and below). They only sell the number of spots as seats so there is not over crowding. it also has food before (coffee, bagels, bananas, oranges, etc) and brunch after: breakfast foods( BACON, eggs, sausage, potatoes) and also brunch items (mac n cheese, sandwiches, cheese, crackers-honestly I was so hungry i dont remember haha). the menus were posted on the tables. they also have the Runner's World VIP as well as a private stretching area and also results after.
I got up at 2:40 to get on the bus at 3:10. It was FREEZING (wind chill in the teens!) and I have never walked as fast as I did towards race retreat. when you cross the parking lot past security in the pre race area, you head towards the right and the tent is there. It was larger than I was expecting.
I got in line right away for Nick and Judy, took a picture with the frame, grabbed a banana and coffee and sat down and made friends. As the Lizards got there, we congregated. Jeff Galloway and Bart Yasso were there and spoke and they had a DJ.
They kick you out at 5AM, so we did bag check right at 5, used the porto (NO LINE! WORTH EVERY PENNY) and headed on the cold walk to the corral.
They set up for the next round, the Platinum cheer squad is allowed in to wait for their runners.
We ran our race (recap coming soon!) and then had a celebratory drink and then headed into the tent for food, and picking up our bags.
I already signed up for next year! can't wait to get to do it for 2 races!
One thing I did not get to participate in was that Race Retreat also included early entry to merchandise and bib pickup before the Expo opened. From what I could see, that was very much worth it!
Tip: I got on the bus a bit too early. I think next time I would sleep an extra 15-20 minutes and still feel like I got my money's worth.
have you ever done race retreat?