The entrance to the Gate River Run Expo is also the entrance to the Publix Post Race Party.
The lines were short mid day on Friday afternoon, but there were a lot of numbers still waiting to be picked up.
After picking up your number, you went over to where the shirts were available. 15k runners got technical shirts, or moisture wicking shirts. 5k runners got cotton t-shirts.
Busted! John Gaughan registered LATE for the race, having decided at the last minute to sign up and run.
Once you have collected your items, you walk through the detector to make sure your chip worked and then headed into the expo.
1st Place Sports, one of the main sponsors of the event, brought their store to the fairgrounds for shoppers.
Look who was there! None other than Jaxson D. Ville!
The Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson D. Ville and the Jacksonville Sharks mascot Chum were on hand making people laugh as they gathered their running necessities.
The Never Quit booth showed off the new necklaces that are going to be awarded to the ladies who finish the race, scheduled in May.
1st Place Sports was busy selling all kinds of items from shoes and clothes, to gels and watches.
Shark's mascot Chum tried the new elliptical brought to the expo by Eliptigo.
Some people believe that chocolate milk is the best recovery drink for athletes after long races.
The Donna Marathon was there, selling everything with a little bit of pink on it.
The Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute was handing out blinking lights - a must have for every runner who runs in the dark.
1st Place Sports had these rocking knee high socks on sale.
"Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" was printed on free water bottles as a reminder to everyone that the more aware they are of their surroundings, the safer they are. This is incredibly important to runners.
Sweaty Bands were on hand, selling their head bands that stick to your hair, no matter how sweaty you get!
Sweaty Bands also sparkle!
The D-Line showed up and played some cadences for the expo goers.