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Thousands Stocked Up on Latest Athletic Gear at Essentia Health Fitness Expo

Updated: June 21, 2019 10:33 PM

It was a busy day at the DECC Friday with the Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, the William A. Irvin 5K, and the Essentia Health Fitness Expo.

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Runners made their way to the expo to pick up their race packets and to also learn a lot from the hundreds of booths and exhibits there.

The latest products and services in the athletic industry were all on display. Running shoes were a hot purchase as well as Grandma's Marathon clothing. People were stocking up on bells to cheer on runners at the finish line.

The expo also had health food products, sunglasses, socks, headbands, and even medical products like anti blister spray and lotions for pain relief. There was basically anything a person running a marathon could ask for.

The expo is considered one of the largest health and fitness expos in the nation. It attracts over 40,000 race participants and spectators.

"We are one of the only marathons in the nation that takes place in June so our vendors like coming here because it’s where all the marathoners are going to be in June,” Laura Bergen, the registration & expo director, said.

The vendors come from all over the nation to showcase the latest tech running gear to thousands of people.

The expo also featured a fun photo shoot for people to snap photos as they enjoyed the expo and delicious spaghetti dinner.

Around 8,000 plates of spaghetti was served all day at the DECC. It’s a Grandma's Marathon tradition that people look forward to every year.

Over 20,000 participants will be running the Grandma's half and full marathon Saturday.

WDIO is a major media partner of Grandma's Marathon. Watch for coverage leading up to race day, and live streaming of the Marathon and Half Marathon on all WDIO online platforms.

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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