Ran Overlake for the first time 2 weeks ago and signed up for it 3 days before the race (benefits of living on the other side of Washington State and being able to easily get there).
The Expo: really no frills. In and out at one of the local running stores in Redmond. I picked up my bib and walked to my hotel, which was also about a 1/4 mile from the start.
Swag: hooded sweatshirt, though thinner material
The Race itself: if you’re looking for a flat course in Washington, look at this race. Flat course, scenic. Mostly on paved running paths. Be aware you’re sharing the course with bikers and nonracers. One of the things that needs worked on is either corrals or a staggered start. There was somewhat of a staggered start, but you were still on top of people the first few miles and people were 4 across taking up the entire path. If you needed to pull to the side, no room to do it. Course was out and back so you finished where you started.
Finish/Post race: plenty of water, but no chocolate milk or food really other than bananas. Plenty of vendors set up if you wanted to check out local stuff
Solid 3.5-4 star race to look at if you’re looking for something Labor Day weekend