It seems like in the world of Disney race recaps 1/2 marathons get all of the glory. In fact, there are some who don’t know that during major race weekends such as Marathon Weekend, Princess 1/2 weekend, Tinkerbell 1/2, etc etc Disney offers a 5k race option. This normally takes place a day or two before the main event and can get other friends and family members in on the Run Disney fun! This race happened to fall at the end of our vacation so we thought a 5k would be a cool way to end our trip to FL.
The hubs and I chose to run 2-3 miles every other morning during vacation so this race was super low pressure. We were planning a fun time and nothing more. Most folks don’t attempt a PR at a Disney race. In between the photos and first time racers a PR becomes a challenge (and not the good kind). So, we boarded the bus at our Disney resort and it promptly began to rain…a lot.
We had made it to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports nearly an hour before corral time so we took shelter inside. We managed to have fun joking with the other runners and scoping out the memorabilia inside the complex. We even managed to find Troy Aikman’s helmet-Go Cowboys!!
Anywho, back to the race. Even though it was pouring- it wasn’t lightening which meant we would likely run. I made a decision to sit in a covered area until the last minute and then I would head out to the corral. It was actually kind of neat to watch the field being mowed and listen to the rain in the dark.
The hubs was super antsy and excited to get out there so we abandoned my plan, made a quick restroom stop, and headed down to the corrals. In true Disney Magic form it stopped raining. True Story. The DJs were jamming, people were smiling, and it was time to get lined up!
See you later clouds! The rain would actually hold off for the entire race. I have to admit I was getting pretty excited. The announcers warned us of all the scary twists and turns that awaited us in the woods. And then the scariest (and coolest) of them all appeared- The Headless Horseman!! Coolest. Thing. Ever.
The corrals were released to the start and they started everyone in 5 minute waves. All of my Disney races have been through the parks and on the pavement so I had no clue what to expect.
The entire race took place inside the Wide World Of Sports Complex. We were literally running out on a dirt trail which added to the “spooky” vibe. The trail was packed down and flat so it was pretty easy to run on .
The course got a bit congested in spots and required walking- this is really no big deal but it does show the importance of not starting in a corral with a faster time than we are capable of. Too many of those runners/walkers slowing way down too soon causes congestion. But on this particular day I didn’t care so it was onward!
Disney had some villains and spookiness sprinkled along the course. I chose to bypass most of that BUT I had to wait in the insane line to visit the grave diggers. Worth It.
I lost a LOT of time there but luckily the end was just around the corner, er field.
We both ended the race all smiles and had a wonderful time! I also kind of love my new hitch hiking ghosts finishers medal.
Thanks for another fun and magical race Run Disney!!!!! See you real soon!