Friday, September 19, 2014

Comic Con and Nebo Half

Hello from the late middle of September! Sorry it's been a few weeks since I've written.

Things have been pretty uneventful here the last few weeks, but we did a few fun things the weekend after King's Peak.

So, I obtained a multiday pass and a Thursday pass for Comic Con in the week preceding the event. Premise set. Brandon and I headed over to Comic Con that Thursday around 5:00. As we crossed the street to get to the Salt Palace, we saw an enormous line. After inquiring I discovered that was, in fact, simply the registration/entrance line. We proceeded to follow this line to the end of it, about three quarters of the way South on the West side of the building. The line from there wrapped around the entire two block complex to registration entrance on the South side. So, we're looking at at least three quarters of a mile of slow moving line. We eventually made it around to the registration doors, only to discover an equal size line inside the room. We got there around 5:00 and we were a little more than halfway through the inside line at 8:00, the official closing time of ComicCon. It was in no way clear whether that was the closing time of the entry doors, the expo floor, or the entire event. We figured since they were still letting people into the registration hall up until 8:00 that it was the just the doors that closed at 8:00. Turns out it was the first two of those. At 8:00 they made announcement that ComicCon was "closed" for the night and to seek the nearest entrance. They also turned out about half the lights in the room we were in. Up until that point we'd been waiting in neat lines indicated by the tape on the ground. However, when the lights turned out, chaos erupted and the the entire waiting crowd rushed towards the registration desks - lines forgotten. Had there been physical barriers, this would not have happened. So, we're now crushed in a crowd with everyone elbowing their way to the front. We're annoyed. For several reasons:

1.) The complete lack of organization to handle the capacity of people who have arrived at this event (120,000 that day?), even just to get them in the door.
2.) The complete lack of communication from the staff to the guests. (What happens at 8:00? Why would you make us wait in line for hours only to have the event close before we even get in the door?)
3.) The apparent waste of time for Brandon and his Thursday pass, useless now that the day is over and the event closed.

Finally someone yells from the sidelines that the registration will still be open until everyone gets through and gets their bracelets so they can get in without waiting in line Friday or Saturday, but while that solves one problem (why we'd been waiting in line for that long), it didn't solve the other problem of Brandon's Thursday pass. When we finally got to the front (after being followed by THE most annoying group of high schoolers who were attempting to make as obnoxious and loud of a ruckus as they could) we asked about the Thursday pass and they informed us that we could switch it for a Friday or Saturday pass. Now, after more than three hours of frustration, a small, but significant reparation. So, Saturday for Brandon! As awful as those hours in line were, if we'd been able to pick a day to go together, Saturday would have been the day.

Completely spent and tired from waiting in line (we were driving away around 9:00), we grabbed some Cheesey-Pull-A-Part bread (or whatever it is called) from The Pie and headed back to Brandon's to watch some America Ninja Warrior and unwind. Evening done. Not quite what we expected, but not entirely terrible either.

Massive event. So many people!
So, Friday I went on my own to a few panels and wandered the expo and Saturday Brandon and I went together into the horde of people. Both Friday and Saturday we were able to walk right in, no line, no wait. There were way too many people there Saturday, but it was still enjoyable. We made it to a few more panels, wandered the expo, saw lots of cool costumes, and played some games with a few friends we met up with (Thomas!).

All in all, a good experience, but the Salt Lake Comic Con organizers definitely have some reorganizing to do to handle the massive interest and participation in their event. They need to get the entry details right and they need to expand to other venues. But, this was their second year, so I'm willing to cut them a little slack. ;)

Grant Imahara from Mythbusters.

Lego Iron Man

Azog from The Hobbit.


Trolls from the Hobbit!

Trolls from the Hobbit!

Trolls from the Hobbit!

Trolls from the Hobbit!

Saturday morning, just to make things interesting, I got up at 4:00, made my oatmeal, and headed down to Payson to catch the bus up the Canyon towards Mount Nebo so I could run the Nebo half. They had a bonfire at the top to help us stay warm. It was a good race, all downhill and not too eventful. I was able to keep a pretty strong pace the first half and a moderate pace the second half, finally accomplishing a half marathon in less than two hours. Spending the rest of my day standing at ComicCon was a little tough, but still worth it.

Fire to keep us warm!

I think I'm ready!

At the start line. 

Let the race begin!

Before with one of my coworkers!

Classic running selfie.

Done and done!

I had a small epiphany regarding my Marathon last year. I'd assumed that I hurt after the marathon for a while simply because of the mileage. However, following Nebo everyone I'd known who'd done it hurt for days. I have no interest in running another Marathon simply because the training is long and awful, but, hypothetically, if I were to choose another one which wasn't entirely downhill, it's likely that it wouldn't be as awful afterwards. Good to know, not that it will change anything. ;)

And as a last add, I had another coworker who ran the Big Cottonwood Half Marathon the following weekend. In preparation for that we both decided to volunteer on the Thursday before the race. Hard work, but kind of cool to see the inside of the process.

An uncommon sight of all the mile markers together.
Those poor souls. 


  1. Comic Con looked like so much fun, despite the frustrating lines. I LOVE Mythbusters so I would have been quite geeked out about seeing Grant.

    Congratulations on another successful run. The only way I would be able to finish something like would be if I ran around those mile markers piled together and called it complete. :)

  2. Fun stuff! And that would be Lego Thor.

  3. You're right! Haha, I must not have been paying attention at all when I captioned that.