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VIDEO: Guide to 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon Expo & Packet Pickup


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The real excitement for the Kalamazoo Marathon begins at the expo. The Borgess Run for the Health of It race expo is at Wings Stadium this year on Saturday, May 4.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.  This is the ideal way to pick up your race packet.

There’s plenty of free parking if you drive, or you can take a free shuttle from the Radisson or Holiday Inn West.  Contact the hotels for specifics on shuttle times.

In addition to packet pickup, be sure to stop by sponsor booths for information about the Borgess Run’s great community partners.  Runners and non-runners alike are invited to come down and enjoy all the race expo has to offer.

Come hungry.  Concessions – lunch and snacks – are available all day, and the Pasta Dinner is served from 5 – 7 p.m. for just $15.  All food is available on the upper level.

Come thirsty.  Once again, Arcadia Brewing Company has brewed The Big Finish ale, and it will be available at Burdicks on the upper level of Wings Stadium as you exit the expo.

There will be a sign making station where your supporters can make personalized signs to hold along the course and cheer you on.

If you want to make your race extra memorable – and make a difference – be sure to have your photo taken at the picture station.  Pictures are just $5 and you immediately receive the print.  There are fun props available for use in the photo and proceeds go to the Borgess Run’s four Children’s Charities: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo, Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo, YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, and The Borgess Foundation Healthy Babies initiative.

Your Borgess Run experience starts May 4 at the Borgess Run for the Health of It expo.  See you there!

Details on how to pick up your running packet are as follows:

Saturday, May 4th: At the Expo at Wings Stadium (3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo) from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Yes, you can have someone else pick up your packet at the Expo.

Sunday, May 5th, race day packet pickup: Sunday morning on the race campus, inside the Borgess Health & Fitness Center, up to a half hour before race time. Packet pickup starts at 6:30 a.m.

There is no race day registration for runners. Watch above for a video from the 2012 Kalamazoo Marathon Expo with the female winner of the 2011 Kalamazoo Marathon. 

Stay updated with all the latest in weather, traffic, and news by tuning into WKZO 96.5 FM on race day for wall-to-wall coverage beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Online WKZO will be providing a live video stream on race day, check it out at our marathon page ‘Everything Kalamazoo Marathon’. You can also receive updates to your phone by texting MARATHON to 80373. Remember that standard message and data rates apply.