I was so excited when my mom told me she wanted all four of us to run the runDisney 5k together during Princess half weekend.
My dad had never participated in a runDisney race, so I was of course up for it when she suggested we run together. Mom picked out our “costumes” months in advance, and all we had to do was wait for the day of the race.
We knew we would be easy to spot in our green shirts if we lost each other in the crowd. We got up early, headed down to the busses, and were pleasantly surprised!
We didn’t have to wait for a bus, we just hopped right on. I explained to my dad this race was WAY smaller than the half, so it would be a lot less congested on all fronts, including the busses.
When we arrived we were able to meet up with Karen and her family. All four of them were running, too!
Eye see you!
Soon it was time to walk to the start, which is thankfully a much shorter walk than for the half and full.
The race quickly began, and we started out into the EPCOT parking lot. I told my family we needed to get through the first (boring) mile quickly, then we could relax and soak it all in once we got into Epcot, and would hopefully not get trapped in a huge mess of people.
We made it, mile one done, and into EPCOT we go! We continued with a run/walk, just taking our time enjoying the surroundings.
The character lines were WAY too long to stop at, so we just waved and continued on around the World Showcase and towards Spaceship Earth, which looked beautiful with the rising sun.
A nice cast member took our family photo in front of it, and we were almost done!
We wrapped around Spaceship Earth and I could hear the finish! We all wanted to finish together in a row, and luckily it wasn’t very crowded so we were able to do so. With a special family shout out from Carissa, we crossed the finish line together. Hooray! Mom and dad did great!
-I love how non-crowded this race felt compared to the half and full’s I have done with runDisney. No port-o-potty lines, walked right into our corral, everything was much “quicker” if that makes sense. It was also nice not having to get up at 2:45! (The race began at 6:15 but busses picked us up until 5 or so, so we slept till 4!)
-I did notice a lack of characters on course like I did at the 5k during Dopey, which was a little disappointing. The 2012 5k had so many, it was awesome!
-Epcot is beautiful as the sun comes up, and I love that they have the torches lit around World Showcase.
-The finish line is just as magical, lots of cheering, lots of fun!
QOTD: Have you ever participated in a fun run?