Vendors lined the aisles Saturday afternoon as Ardmoreites and A2A participants took time to gain valuable information in the fifth annual Health and Fitness Expo. The event at the Ardmore Convention Center provided something for everyone, from clothing apparel and health information to activities for the kids. Ideal Home Care presented the expo.
“We are delighted, as always, to be able to partner with marathon activities to host our annual health and fitness expo,” said Mita Bates, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “The chamber has identified health and wellness as one of the issues it is addressing in its strategic plan, and the expo provides an excellent opportunity to obtain valuable and useful information.”
Dr. Blake Bush was on hand for the second year, providing information and handing out water bottles as well as signing up people for eye care appointments.
“This is the first time I brought my software from work and scheduled people’s appointments,” Bush said.
Bush said he had met people from all over the United States from locations such as Denver, Connecticut and Iowa.
During the event, participants in the A2A also registered for the event. Among those signing up was Vicente Rubio, a resident of Spain. Rubio said he was attending a conference at the Noble Foundation when he was told about the event.
“I was not expecting this,” he said. “They told me about the race, and said I have time to do it. I am going to run the half marathon and fly out tomorrow (after the race).”
In addition to signing up participants, A2A organizers were on hand to register volunteers. Dr. John Sjulin, bicycle safety committee, said there were 25 bicyclists for the safety patrol.
“We have bicyclists stationed every two miles, with two per team to look for runners in distress,” he said. “This is really a pick-up point for most of them. We provide instructions and give them their route. Some of them were here this week and didn’t sign up online, so we are having them sign their waivers today.”
Sjulin said of the safety patrol bicyclists, 75 percent were repeat volunteers from years before.