What a whirlwind of a morning! The always popular 3 am runDisney wake up call launched me out if my bed and began to get ready for the run. Sparkle Athletic skirt, visor, and wings? Check! Richard & I left the hotel and hopped on the shuttle over to Downtown Disney and walked to the corrals. Once we were in Corral B we met up with Linzie, Josh, & Ginger. We had said the day before that we were going to have a race party, but I don’t think any of us anticipated how accurate of a description this was.
A few minutes after the ladies of Corral A started the race we were able to cross the line and start running. This was also when we starting dancing, singing, & shouting anything that we could think of. As we entered California Adventure we saw the first of the character photo stops. There was already a line so we jumped in and waited as we cheered for everyone running by. We took individual pictures then all jumped in for a group shot. We repeated this pattern for every single character stop through both parks. We also made a few extra stops for pictures like at Paradise Pier.
We ran through DCA for the first 3 miles before crossing over into Disneyland. We came down Main St. and through Sleeping Beauty’s castle, around a little backstage Disney (where the real magic is) before exiting the park just before the 10k mark. As we passed the 10k timing mat we stopped for pictures and high fives at the F3 tent and were on our way into the streets of Anaheim.
The biggest disappointment about this race (and every Disneyland race that I’ve run in) is the huge difference between the Disney 10k and the Anaheim 15k that these races are split into. I understand that the parks are not big enough to host the entire event the way they can in Florida, but once you leave the park on these courses the crowd support dwindles, the excitement vanishes, and it becomes just another run through another town. As the Disney magic wore off I began to run past the legions of people that we were behind. Stopping at all of those photo spots put us back with the Corral E runners. As I passed by I did my best to encourage everyone and tell them to keep up the good work, knowing that for many the runDisney races are their first half marathons. This was a great time. Richard and I separated ourselves a bit from the rest of our group and we were running the streets singing and telling jokes. Around mile 10 Richard faded back a few minutes behind me and I ran into the finish chute, although not before stopping at Mile marker 13 to see which side of the street had a louder crowd. I crossed the line and made my way through the finish festival, waited for a few friends to come through.
While I was leaving I happened to run into the ladies from Sparkle Athletic. These 3 girls have been so supportive of me over the last few months in my fundraising efforts for this race. I can not recommend a better company to go to for all your sparkle needs.
The rest of the day was spent in Disneyland riding the rides, eating the churros, and drinking the coffee. As always runDisney, great race and see you next time!
Net Time: 2:51:12
5K Split: 43:10
10K Split: 1:50:41
15K Split: 2:20:27
Overall Place: 6049/13144
Gender Place: 995/1654
Division Place: 995/1654