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Weekend Plans With Brooks Running's Stevie Jones: N.Y. Marathon Expo, Gotham Market

The ’16 TCS N.Y. Marathon takes place this Sunday, and for Brooks Running Event Marketing Manager STEVIE JONES it is all about promoting product leading up to the big race. The brand is holding an expo before the event with a plethora of different options for runners. This consists of footwear and apparel that includes a special edition N.Y. running shoe. It is called the Gray Lady and pays tribute to the five famous boroughs of the city.

: Friday will be Day 2 of our expo at the marathon. We will be open from 10:00am-8:00pm. It makes for a long day but we should be very busy. The bulk of Friday will be talking to runners and getting them anything they need apparel wise. After that we will try to do a team dinner. We will be headed to the Gotham Market, which has a ton of different restaurants inside of it. We can get a variety of food and everyone gets what they want. Hopefully we all get to bed at a decent hour so we can be ready to go on Saturday.

: The plan for Saturday morning is to do a little run in Central Park. Then the expo reopens from 9:00am-5:00pm. That is when we will get a lot of folks traveling who are coming in for the weekend for the race. We will hustle all day Saturday at the expo and then we’ll tear everything down. We will get all of the product boxed up and back on the pallets ready to ship. Everything will leave the show Saturday night. We will hopefully be out of there between 6:30-7:00pm. We will then try to find a spot for another team dinner. A few of our team members are staying for the race Sunday, which will probably dictate who stays out late on Saturday. I have an early flight back to Seattle on Sunday. We definitely all would love to stay and watch the race, but this time of year with so many races taking place on weekends, it is hard to turn down an early flight to be back at home by noon.

: Weekends at home are very valuable. During the winter, I work for one of the recreational youth basketball leagues. I volunteer as a referee and try to prevent overbearing parents from getting in the way of their kids having fun. Weekends at home are usually spent relaxing as much as I can and trying to keep my mind off of work. I enjoy spending time with the family or simply taking a nap. There is no shortage of options. There are a lot of people at the office that have moved from other cities but we have a good crew of people that spend time together. We are pretty lucky that our office is in the cool part of town -- new places are opening all the time.