I love west coast runDisney races.
Waking up at 4:45 is like waking up at 6:45 in my brain, and walking to the start from my on site hotel took five minutes. Genius. That may be why I don’t look so exhausted in my pre race photo.
Bobby and I headed down to our corrals right as the 5k winner was coming through. They were not yet letting people into the corrals, so we hung out in a giant mob of people until nearly 6:00 for a 6:15 start. The National anthem was sung, and the race had started! Bobby was running for time so he was up ahead of me. My plan was to have as much fun as possible. After a quick wave at Carissa and a shout out from her, I headed off for my first runDisney 10k.
Within a couple of minutes, Meghann found me, and we found Brian from Pavement Runner! We have been talking about meeting for so long and how fun to see him on the race course. I also saw Karen, and Christine and Pam.
I ended up running with Meghann for the first few miles, and we had a blast!
We made it into Cars Land and the photo taking began.
(photo from Meghann)
We didn’t stop for this photo, but Mike did a crazy wave for us.
my attempt at a selfie with the castle in the background.
Somewhere around this point I stopped to take a GU and lost Meghann in the crowd. I continued on my picture taking spree and did some waiting in line for photos.
It IS a small world after all. I ran into SO many awesome folks who read my blog, I stopped counting after 15. It was fun to see how runDisney connects up all in one place and one race! A big HI to everyone I ran into on the course!
I told the guy to count so I could jump, he looked confused, but he did a good job! Hooray fall!
I love animals Not horses particularly, but seriously, how often do you take a picture with a horse on a race course?
Loved this sign.
These ladies were fun, I don’t see them out often.
I’m late! The white rabbit shooed me along after this photo.
I had to get a photo in front of the Dumbo ride!
I jumped in line for these guys and told them I had fun seeing them yesterday at the meet up. The Mad Hatter seemed shocked that I missed him already!
I got this one for my buddy Kelly, the red queen is her favorite.
WWWEEEE! I’m running through Disneyland!
I got this one for my bestie Jen who had to miss the race. These guys are her favorite.
I ran through Frontierland to another backstage area before heading out into Downtown Disney. I knew we had to be getting close as the finish we near the Disneyland Hotel. I loved the final stretch through DTD, so much crowd support!
You can tell by my red face the heat was starting to get to me. Ok, time to be done!
I saw the mile 6 sign and gave it all I had. Bobby took video of me crossing the finish with a smile on my face. After another shout out from Carissa, I was done.
Hooray finish line!
I grabbed my medal, water and snacks and found Bobby among all the runners. I finished in 1:11 and change, which is pretty good considered all the stopping and standing in line I did for characters and filming!
Bobby did a great job and came really close to a PR.
Please check out this fun little video I made while running on the 10k course. It was fun to video as I ran through the parks!
Final thoughts: I LOVED this race. I loved loved loved the course. It took you through so much of the parks…it felt like the majority of the race was IN the parks which was fantastic and so much fun. There were a lot of character opportunities, and ending running through Downtown Disney with the crowd support was phenomenal. runDisney did a great job, it’s so tough for inaugural events to know exactly how to plan things, and I think they hit the nail on the head in almost every aspect of the race. The only minor hiccups were not letting us into our corrals until nearly 6:00, and I do think another water stop on the course would be great (with some electrolytes). I missed having electrolytes on that super hot day, and found myself looking for water fountains a couple of times on the course. Oh, one other concern was not all character stops had marathon foto photographers, which I didn’t realize until after. I was bummed I didn’t get professional photos at all of my stops. Minor details of course, still an amazing race!
QOTD: What is your favorite race distance? Are you excited about the addition of a 10k to runDisney races?
Disclosure: I attended this race weekend as media. My registrations, hotel, park tickets and some meals were provided to me by runDisney. However, all opinions are my own.