Race Report: 2015 runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge – Princess 10K

Early registration for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend will open on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 EST.  General registration for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend will open July 14, 2015.

095The 2nd race of the 2015 runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend was the Princess 10K.  It was also the 1st race of the 2nd annual Glass Slipper Challenge.  Running today was Perfectly Goofy Gail and Photo Bomb Becca.  We had purchased our #NewBalance Minnie Shoes and Minnie ears months ago and had finally found the PERFECT event to wear them.  Our theme was #TutuMuchMinnie.

119The Princess 10K began at 5:30am in Epcot Park in the same local as the 5K.  This course runs out of Epcot parking for around 3 miles, then ventures into World Showcase, out to Disney’s Boardwalk and then back into Future World ending in the same Epcot parking lot.  Again, Anna & Elsa greeted the runners, from high above on a snowy overpass, in the 1st mile.  White Rabbit was stationed at the 1st hairpin turn.  And Tinker Bell & Periwinkle were right before Mile 2.  Miles 3-4 saw Jiminy Cricket and Marie.  Sports Mickey was positioned on Disney’s Boardwalk.  Princess Minnie was waiting near the International Gateway.  Her line was one of the longest I have ever seen during a runDisney race.  Goofy was posing for photos in Future World.

151I’m not a big fan of the WDW/Princess 10K course.  It was on par with the last 3 times I have run it.  I would like to see less miles (3) in the parking lot and more miles in the park.  To see more of the course, costumes and Princess 10K please see the video above.

Did you run the Glass Slipper Challenge?  Are you running again in 2016?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Frozen 5K

Early registration for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend will open on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 EST.  General registration for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend will open July 14, 2015.

017The 1st race of the 2015 runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend was the Frozen 5K.  Luckily for runDisney, the weather cooperated with the Frozen theme, it was chilly cold.  However, unlike for WDW Marathon weekend, we were prepared this time with warm costumes.  Running today was Perfectly Goofy Gail and Photo Bomb Becca AKA #HotAcorn.  We were dressed as Chip & Dale with our #HotAcorn.

040The Frozen 5K began at 5:30am in Epcot Park.  The Princess Half Marathon weekend races share the same courses as WDW Marathon weekend, however I think runDisney does a better job with course entertainment during Princess weekend.  This was certainly true for the Frozen 5K.  runDisney brought out the big guns for THIS 5K.  The course runs out of Epcot parking and into World Showcase and into Future World back out into the parking lot.  However, on this course the photos stops were A-List Disney Characters – Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Anna and Elsa.  Note – Anna & Elsa were on stage far away and high above the common folk.

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Also, because this was the FROZEN 5K, Let it Go was the course music all 3.1 magical miles of the race.  And not only was it played in English, but as we ran from World Showcase country to country, the music changed languages.

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This was my 3rd time running the Princess 5K and this was the best show so far.  Well done runDisney.

Did you run the Frozen 5K?  Are you running again in 2016?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Inaugural Rebel Challenge – Star Wars Half Marathon

Early registration for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will open on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 EST.  General registration for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will open June 16, 2015.1200The 3rd race of the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend and the 2nd of the Rebel Challenge was the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon.  The start time was once again at 5:30am and located on Disneyland Drive, near Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.  Running today was Perfectly Goofy Gail and I dressed as #TinkTroopers.  A nod and acknowledgement to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend being booted to May and Mother’s Day Weekend :-)

1166Right from the start, we had a ball running!  I do believe it was the channeling of Tinker Bell’s sassy personality.  We were too into our character, ourselves, and behaving like lunatics to NOT have fun.  Thank goodness for us, the weather was perfect for wigs, wings and stormtrooper gear.  We entered Disneyland Park through the north entrance.  Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t see a thing since our glasses were fogging up something fierce.  Luckily, we had loads of time to cool off in the long line for Luke & Princess Leia…

1192The plan was to stop for photos with characters we hadn’t seen before like a Gamorrean and some we had like the Stormtroopers.

1199The time in the park was short and by mile 4.25 we were out on Harbor Boulevard.   Runners were already returning and heading for home while we were still on mile 5.  1217Miles 4.25 to 7 had cheerleaders and bands, but the miles were mostly meh for entertainment.  Things on the course didn’t begin to get exciting until we hit the cosplayer’s.  The 501st Legion came out to support the marathon.  And the 501st Legion MADE the Star Wars Half Marathon.  The 501st came out to entertain, pose for photos and cheer the runners on through the race.  They were outstanding.  OUTSTANDING.

1258Again, miles 10, 11, 12 were just miles through the City of Anaheim.  It was flat.  It was fine.  Meh.  At Mile 12 we were right outside the park and the crowd was picking up.  Runners who had already finished were cheering us on to the finish.  Waiting to bring us into the finish were the Disney Characters (FINALLY) in their Star Wars costumes!

1283Star Wars is a great theme.  It was a good 1st race just like I would expect from runDisney, however I would suggest additional Star Wars/Disney Star Wars characters in the parks and addition entertainment for the Anaheim Streets.  All in all, it was a good inaugural event and I would recommend a second running.

 Did you run the Inaugural Rebel Challenge?  Are you running again in 2016?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Inaugural Star Wars 10K

Early registration for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will open on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 EST.  General registration for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will open June 16, 2015.

These are the droids you're looking for...

These are the droids you’re looking for…

Thank you, runDisney, for having the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.  This 43-year old was just waiting for the opportunity to wear Princess Leia buns in public.  It’s really too bad I didn’t wear them when I was as bald as a baby’s bottom, but that’s another story…

#WoodenIndianSelfie

#WoodenIndianSelfie

The 2nd race of the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend and the 1st of the Rebel Challenge was the Inaugural Star Wars 10K.  Start was at 5:30am and located on Disneyland Drive, near Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.  Running today was Perfectly Goofy Gail, #TinyTiki and I dressed as C3PO, R2D2 and Cloud Leia.

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Photo credit – runDisney

All the runDisneyland courses are different and for this 10K we didn’t enter the park until 1.5 miles.  We ran up Main Street U.S.A. to our 1st photo stop #WoodenIndianSelfie.  Mile 2 was located in the central hub.  We ran into Frontierland around Fantasyland and the Matterhorn and into Tomorrowland.  There we came upon Darth Vader.  The line was open and we stopped for a photo.616After a #StormtrooperSelfie we kept running past It’s a Small World and backstage to Mile 3.  Backstage was our 2nd water stop, but mostly the course was uneventful.  We exited Disneyland Park and crossed the esplanade into Disney’s California Adventure.  Just inside the park on Buena Vista Street was Mile 4.

1071It wasn’t until we were in at the Pacific Wharf did we encounter the best photo of the runDisney weekend, besides Chewie of course, Boba Fett.  The line was at least a 10 minute wait, but it was Boba Fett and you wait for Boba Fett.  You wait and like it.

1078The next stop was Mile 5 in Cars Land.  I love everything about Cars Land and running through when the sun is coming up over the “mountains” is magical.  It’s a highlight of a runDisney race. Then we were once again backstage with a mile to go until the finish line.  This was a great opportunity to check out costumes and chat with the other runners.

It was a SUPER fun, but a little too much backstage time in my opinion.  The theme was great, but I wish there were more characters and more entertainment backstage since we spent a lot of time there.  Good start runDisney, I’ll be back in 2016!

 Did you run the Inaugural Star Wars 10K?  Are you running again in 2016?

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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The famous penguin fountain

We had the opportunity to vacation at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during Walt Disney World’s Marathon Weekend.  Located on the monorail line next door to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Villas combine “the luxury of the Victorian era with modern amenities.”

The Entrance

The Posh Entrance

The Grand Floridian is posh and The Villas, although much smaller, still have the same grand, ornate feeling. “The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa reflect the elegant features and ambiance of its sister resort hotel. The story behind Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa begins in the late 1890s, when Florida was established as a vacation destination for well-heeled visitors who turned the beaches along both shores of the Sunshine State into their personal winter playgrounds.”

Check in

Check in

We were staying in one of the 3-bedroom Grand Villas, room 1101.  ABC had recently filmed an episode of The Middle in this villa.

Our Grand Villa

Our Grand Villa

This Villa was located on the main level. All rooms of the unit were on the same level with Magic Kingdom views.

The main entrance.

The main entrance.

There were two entrances to the Grand Villa.  Above is the main entrance.  The villa has a 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.  There is a laundry and a media room.  The master bath has a tub big enough to swim in and a separate shower that can hold at least 6 adults.  There are two other bedrooms which can sleep 4 each.  Both have bathrooms.  You could get lost in this villa.  It is extraordinary.  These Villas are beautiful.  Simply beautiful.  I’m a Disney Vacation Club member and would consider adding on points in this resort, I was that impressed.  Darling you really must stay a night or two.

The living room

The living room

The dinning area with seating for 12

The dinning area with seating for 12

The kitchen

The kitchen

The media room

The media room

The media room

The media room

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

The master bath

The master bath

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

A Bathroom

A Bathroom

Another bathroom

Another bathroom

The deck with views of Seven Seas Lagoon

The deck with views of Seven Seas Lagoon

Have you stayed at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa?  What did you like most?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Inaugural Star Wars 5K

Early registration for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will open on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 EST.  General registration for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will open June 16, 2015.

555When Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released in the theaters the summer of 1977, I was 6-year old.  We grew up with Star Wars, the action figures and a special love for the characters (especially Han Solo).  So when runDisney announced a Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, I lost my mind.  There was no way I was going to miss the weekend.  

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Unfortunately, runDisney scheduled the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend the weekend following Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, moving the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend to Mother’s Day weekend.  Plus runDisney scheduled the Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge 5K Disney Cruise Line cruise overlapping Star Wars Half Marathon’s expo and the Star Wars 5K.  No bueno runDisney.  No bueno for us runners who #RunAllTherunDisneyRaces. Which to choose – Castaway Cay 5K or Star Wars 5K.   I decided to forgo the Castaway Cay Challenge 5K (until Princess) and run the Star Wars 5K.  I chose wisely.

934One thing I enjoy about the runDisneyland compared to the runDisney World races are the course are all slightly varied.  This adds to the excitement of the race weekends.  The Star Wars 5K’s start was 5:30am and located on Disneyland Drive, near Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.  Perfectly Goofy Gail, #TinyTiki and I were staying at the Holiday Inn on South Walnut.  Although we weren’t officially on Disney property, the walk was less than a mile to the corrals.

947The fun began immediately upon seeing runner’s costumes.  The Star Wars theme brought out the creativity.  There were Leia’s, Millennium Falcons, Jedi’s.  Perfectly Goofy Gail and I were running as a X-Wing fighter and a TIE-fighter.  The race began going north up Disneyland Drive until turning right into the backstage area of Disneyland Park.  Our first character stop as we entered Mickey’s Toontown was some Jedi’s.

951From there we saw Stormtroopers near It’s a Small World, but were instructed not to stop from the race staff.  The course continued around Fantasyland and Big Thunder Railroad past Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  To the left of the Matterhorn we found Chewbacca with a line so long it reached until the teacups – wait for Chewie we would.

952In Tomorrowland we found Darth Vader with a set of Stormtroopers, but the line was closed for photos.  Main Street U.S.A. was clear and we found a Cast member willing to snap a photo with the Wooden Indian.  Out through the Disneyland Park gates we ran and down through the tunnel into Disney’s California Adventure until we came to more Jedi and Star Wars Rebels.  The lines were long, but the runners did not mind.572My only disappointment in the race was the lack of enough Star Wars characters or even Disney characters in Star Wars inspired costumes.  As with the Avengers Half Marathon weekend, runDisney needs to address the character line closures and the negative effect it has for their customer experience, especially when the 5K race entry fee is $75.

569I had registered my family of four for the Star Wars 5K at $75 per person or $300 (not including Active.com fees).  My family did not end up running and our fees were nonrefundable, but for $300, which does not include T&E or park admission a runner should have the complete guest experience.  And runDisney’s answer cannot be to push guests to a Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party which begins at 9:30pm and runs for 2 hours and has a cost of $100 per person.  A family of 4 cannot afford this experience.  Other than that, I thought it was a great first attempt for the Inaugural Star Wars 5K race and cannot wait to run it again with my family & Perfectly Goofy Gail.

 Did you run the Inaugural Star Wars 5K?  Are you running again in 2016?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge, Day 4 – WDW Marathon

Early registration for Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon opens Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Noon EST. General registration opens Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Noon EST.

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#TeamPerfectlyGoofyGail

Hey, did I tell you I’m with #PerfectlyGoofyGail and she’s kind of a big deal?  If you don’t know what a runDisney “Perfect” is, let me explain.  A “Perfect” is a participant who has completed every single race of a runDisney Half Marathon or longer.  runDisney begins to acknowledge a “Perfect” usually at a 5th anniversary of a race.

Perfectly Goofy Gail

Perfectly Goofy Gail would be earning her 10th Goofy Challenge medal at the completion of the 2015 WDW Marathon and we were ready to celebrate all 26 POINT 2 magical miles.

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No costumes for marathons…

The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon would be Gail’s 10th WDW Marathon and my 7th.  Since this was our 4th race day, we took our time getting to the corrals and fueling up on steak and bananas.  The weather forecast called for warmer temperatures than it had been for the other races, but perfect for running, with a slight chance of rain.

Waking up in the corrals

Waking up in the corrals

Our race plan was to – have fun and savor the experience.  We had prepared Gail’s friends and family to expect us to finish around 5 to 6 hours.

Selfie in Frontierland

Selfie in Frontierland

Well, we made it into the Magic Kingdom and were feeling good at Mile 6…

Hanging with the gang...

Hanging with the gang…

And we were stopping at #AllTheCharacterStops because why not?!!  I mean, why not celebrate 10-years of running….

@PhotoBombBecca

@PhotoBombBecca

All of Gail’s friends came out to support and cheer us on – including @PhotoBombBecca – who could have easily slept in, graciously came out to collect our sweaty extra layers.

With runDisney Volunteers (AKA Gail's parents - Mike & Kay) and Paula!

With runDisney Volunteers (AKA Gail’s parents – Mike & Kay) and Paula!

Gail’s parents volunteered at a water stop AGAIN this year and was stationed at #VolunteerExtraordinarPaula’s station.

This should have made the Outtakes....

This should have made the Outtakes….

The character lines were long.  But we didn’t give a hoot.  People ran past us – all we wanted to do was enjoy, enjoy, enjoy….until it started raining….and then we decided it was time to pick up the pace.  But we continued to stop at every character stop,  went potty at least 3 times, took #GoatSelfies and even rode Expedition Everest.

Crossing the line....

Crossing the line….

Whatever Perfectly Goofy Gail wanted to do, we did it.  It was her race.  And we did it all.  Best part – we even set a Dopey PR of 15 minutes over our 2014 Dopey Challenge Marathon time.

All 10 Goofy Challenge Medals for Perfectly Goofy Gail - photo runDisney

All 10 Goofy Challenge Medals for Perfectly Goofy Gail – photo runDisney

@PhotoBombBecca met us in Epcot so we could grab a photo of Perfectly Goofy Gail at the finish with her 10, yes count them, 10 Goofy Challenge medals – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.  Once we crossed the line and it was time to celebrate Perfectly Goofy Gail’s accomplishment with her family and friends who had supported her through the many races.

Off to celebrate

Off to celebrate!

For a full recap of our race please click the video above or this link.

Are you a Perfect?  Are you planning on running the Goofy or Dopey Challenge in 2016?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge, Day 3 – WDW Half Marathon

Early registration for Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon opens Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Noon EST. General registration opens Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Noon EST.

Off with YOUR head!

Off with YOUR head!

The 3rd race of the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend and Dopey Challenge was the WDW Half Marathon.  It was also the 1st race of the Goofy Challenge.  Perfectly Goofy Gail would be running her 10th Goofy Challenge.  There were 141 Perfectly Goofy runners who had completed every Walt Disney World Half Marathon and Full Marathon since January 2005.  runDisney had celebrated this achievement with their names listed in the Official Event Guide (Page 37), a Goofy Tech Shirt and a plaque.

Louis is our FAVORITE alligator

Louis is our FAVORITE alligator

The start of both the WDW Half and WDW Marathon share the same start and finish – the Explore Lot at Epcot.  Although we were staying on site, we chose to drive to Epcot and sit in the car as long as possible since it was still chilly at 4am.  Running was Perfectly Goofy Gail, #PhotoBombBecca and Little Melissa.  Note:  Day 3 of the Dopey Challenge is when getting up a 3am starts to loose its appeal in the worst way (it gets really ugly by the 10K of the runDisney Disneyland race weekend…but more on that later).

2nd #WoodenIndianUsie of the morning...

2nd #WoodenIndianUsie of the morning…

There were 16 corrals for the Walt Disney World Half and Full marathons – A to P.  Since we were running the Dopey Challenge (includes the Goofy Challenge), our corral placement was determined by our full marathon time.  I was placed in “J” and Perfectly Goofy Gail was placed in “H.”  Those in a higher corral can always move back to a lower corral, but not vice versa, therefore PGG would be moving back to start with me.

Running into Dave Mari and Photo Bomb Becca on course...

Running into Dave Mari and Photo Bomb Becca on course…

The start of the WDW Half was at 5:30am.  Knowing we would have a mile walk to the corrals and at least a half hour wait until our start, we took our time getting to the corrals.  We arrived in plenty of time and soon were off.

With Perfectly Goofy Gail at the finish of her 10th WDW Half Marathon

With Perfectly Goofy Gail at the finish of her 10th WDW Half Marathon

We had a great time on course – please take a minute to view the video .  NOTE:  Music choice is a favorite of Little Melissa.  We stopped for the characters, our favorite Magic Kingdom camera spots and snaps with friends.  I was having such a good time, I had it in my mind we were running the full marathon until somewhere between miles 8 & 9 I was set straight by PGG.  Nothing puts a spring in your step than finding out you aren’t running 26.2 miles….at least not now.

Perfectly Goofy Gail halfway to her 10th Goofy Challenge

Perfectly Goofy Gail halfway to her 10th Goofy Challenge

Soon it was over – in our normal 3 hour runDisney Half Marathon finish time ;-)  It’s amazing how fast 13.1 miles can seem to fly when you are having a grand time with friends.  Now it was time to rest and refuel for the final race of the weekend.  We wouldn’t even be halfway through the Dopey Challenge until mile 1.9 of the WDW Marathon….

Finishers of the WDW Half Marathon

Finishers of the WDW Half Marathon

Did you run the 2015 WDW Half Marathon?  Are you planning on running in 2016?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge, Day 2 – WDW 10K

Early registration for Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon opens Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Noon EST. General registration opens Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Noon EST.

The 2nd race of the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend and Dopey Challenge was the 2nd annual WDW 10K.  The WDW 5K and WDW 10K share a couple of miles of the same course, so the WDW 10K also experienced some minor changes this year. The start zone began further out in Explore Lot at Epcot. And course ventured onto paths in front of Journey to Imagination, The Land Pavilion and The Living Seas with Nemo and Friends. The start was at 5:30am, but there was once again a 5-minute wait between corral starts.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room's Michael, Fritz, Jose and Pierre.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room’s Michael, Fritz, Jose and Pierre – sewn by Perfectly Goofy Gail.

The weather was warmer than it had been the day prior.  Running with us were #PhotoBombBecca and Pammy. Perfectly Goofy Gail had spent countless hours sewing this morning’s costumes – Jose, Fritz, Michael, and Pierre from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.   Our birds had perches and we even had “In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room” playing on a loop while we ran.  The costumes were gorgeous and very comfortable running in on the chilly morning.

304It was not easy to run with perches so our speed was slow.  Again, photo stops were minimal, due to our speed and the already long lines.  We still had a great time making our own character stops with spectators and our social media friends.  Here are the characters we saw on course:

  1. Ana and Elsa were again out on the overpass prior to Mile 1
  2. The White Rabbit was at the turn toward Mile 2
  3. Stitch was before Mile 2
  4. Mushu, China
  5. Genie, Morocco
  6. Football Mickey Mouse was on the Boardwalk outside ESPN Club
  7. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum outside the International Gateway
  8. Chip and Dale , Future Land
  9. Mike and Sulley puppets before Mile 6

343With the completion of the WDW 10K we were only 39.3 miles away from our 2nd Dopey Challenge.  I also collected my 60th runDisney medal at the finish of the WDW 10K.  Too see a complete account of race click the video at the top of the post.

10537939_10153552788468957_7546683154410497281_oDid you run the 2015 WDW 10K? What was your favorite part of your race?  Are you running Dopey in 2016?

Race Report: 2015 runDisney Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge, Day 1 – WDW 5K

Early registration for Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon opens Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Noon EST.  General registration opens Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Noon EST.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend was the 1st runDisney weekend.  It remains the biggest and the premier weekend of the runDisney series.  What began as “just a marathon” has morphed into a 5-day event with expo, Kids Races, Diaper Dash, 5K, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Goofy and Dopey Challenge events.

Freezing our buns off in the corral...

Freezing our buns off in the corral…

2015 was my 7th year running WDW Marathon weekend – 7th WDW Marathon, 6th Goofy Challenge and 2nd Dopey Challenge.  But what made this 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend extra special was the celebration of Perfectly Goofy Gail earning her 10th Goofy Challenge.  More on that later….

The only bug you'll find outside in Florida in 30-degrees...

The only bug you’ll find outside in Florida in 30-degrees weather…

The WDW 5K experienced some minor changes this year.  The start zone began out in Explore Lot at Epcot.  As usual the start was at 6:15am, but there was a 5-minute wait between corral starts.  The added time really helped with dispersing the runners throughout the course.  I believe runners from Corral A were finishing while the later corrals were just starting.  The extra wait time in the corrals normally wouldn’t have been such a big deal except the temperature was in the 30’s.  Of course even though I’m from the Northeast, and can outfit a girl’s cross-country team in workout gear, I only packed costumes and nothing practical for running.  Thank goodness #PhotoBombBecca had custom “I’m With Perfectly Goofy Gail” jackets made for the weekend.  The jackets with our Mickey Milers tech shirts were our costumes instead of our played Chip & Dale costumes due to the frigid temps.

No characters, no worries!

No characters, no worries!

This morning we were running with #PhotoBombBecca and Perfectly Goofy Gail’s parents, Kay and Mike.  Perfectly Goofy Gail had roped, I mean INVITED, many of her friends and family to join in her momentous achievement.  Unfortunately for Kay and Mike this meant running a 5K in 30-degree weather at 6 am.  This would be Kay and Mike’s first 5K…hopefully NOT their last.

At the finish all warmed up!

At the finish all warmed up!

To help add to the excitement of the 1st race of the weekend, there was a vicious rumor circulating social media concerning the Dopey Challenge 16-minute pacing requirement.  Even though the 16-minute pacing requirement had never been enforced for a WDW 5K it was questioned whether or not Dopey Challenge participants needed to maintain the pace for the 1st race of the weekend.  So instead of waiting in the very long character lines, we decided not to risk disqualification and keep moving forward.  We made our own character stops.  Unfortunately for us, it was just a rumor confirmed at the Dopey Challenge tent.

212The course ventured onto paths in front of Journey to Imagination, The Land Pavilion and The Living Seas with Nemo and Friends to make up the millage lost from the parking lot.  I enjoyed the change of scenery and the lost of parking lot millage.  Another change was the location of Race Retreat.  I noticed it was closer to the finish line.  I haven’t seen a personal need for Race Retreat since 2009, but it’s proximity to the finish seems like an improvement.  All in all a good start to the race weekend and the completion of 3.1 of 48.6.  Too see a complete account of race click the video at the top of the post.

Everyone has smiles on their faces and medals around their necks!

Everyone has smiles on their faces and medals around their necks!

Did you run the 2015 WDW 5K?  What was your favorite part of your race?

 

 

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