The runDisney Royal Family 5k took place on Saturday morning, the day before the Princess half marathon. At the last minute I decided to pace a friend, so I went from running just the half to doing both races in two days. However, after running Goofy in January I felt up to the challenge.
My alarm went off at 4:45 so we could get on a bus at 5:30. With no coffee, I was very much still asleep.
I got dressed, ate a banana and a mini Luna bar, and Bobby, Jen and I headed out to the busses. Bobby and Jen were playing spectator, and you can check out Jen’s spectating recap to see how she did watching the race. (Hint: she failed as a spectator. I kid.)
We made it to EPCOT, and I didn’t have a lot of time to get into the Corral. I said quick goodbyes to my cheerleaders, and headed towards the crowds.
After some texting, I found my group and jumped into the Corral. We chatted and stretched as we waited for the race to start. Before we knew it, they were moving us up to the starting line.
We inched closer and closer and then it was go time.
I was a little surprised at how slow the beginning was. We were in corral B, and a lot of people started off the race walking. We did a lot of weaving in the beginning. I tried to remind myself it was a family FUN run and just go with it. We saw Jen and Bobby right after we crossed the starting line and they snapped a couple of blurry pictures of us. I know it’s not because we were moving too fast.
One of our group members took off to run her own race, and the three remaining runners continued on looking at everyone’s costumes, and enjoying the race. We made it into EPCOT, and the girl I was with wanted to stop for photos. We stood in a long character photo line and my picture came out blurry. #photographerfail
We continued on around the World Showcase, and the crowd thinned out.
I loved seeing all the families running together. Some wore matching costumes, some were being carried by mom or dad, and everyone looked like they were having an amazing time. I can’t wait to run this race one day with my kids!
The sunrise was beautiful over the lake and I really started to enjoy the race. We stopped for another character photo, in an even longer line, and after standing there a minute the girl who wanted the photo told us to continue on without her, so off we went.
I’m not used to running shorter Disney races, so before I knew it, we were hitting mile three and almost to the finish line! There may or may not have been a friendly sprinting competition across the finish line, and just like that we were done. We grabbed our medals and our water/snacks before meeting up with Bobby, Jen and my parents as well as the rest of our little running group.
The four of us that started together
Me and my new bling
We stood around and chatted for awhile before heading out of EPCOT.
My thoughts on the race:
The 5k was well organized, a lot of fun, and the course was great. I loved how the characters were out front in the different countries, and I felt like there was plenty of run to spread out and run around the World Showcase. It was a bit of a tight squeeze in the beginning, but once we got into EPCOT it was fine. This race is a great family run or beginners run, totally no pressure which is really nice. You still get the characters, the big start and big finish, but without feeling intimidated by a longer distance. I highly recommend this as a way to get your feet wet into racing or runDisney races.
*You can now sign up for the Tower of Terror 10 miler, which also has a 5k option (The Happy Haunted 5k trail run). Be sure to check it out before they sell out!
QOTD: Have you ever run a 5k fun run, no pressure? Would you like to run a runDisney 5k?
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