Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Summary

All 6 of the medals I received for running the Dopey Challenge.About two weeks ago, I completed the Dopey Challenge at the end of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. It was one of the toughest weekends of my life, but I finished, and once again felt that incredible feeling of accomplishment that comes with planning and working for something for nearly a year’s time. I didn’t want to write a true race report, as I am sure many of you get sick of me writing about running (Just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward, right?!?). But I did want to highlight some of my favorite moments from this special weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I left early the morning of the 8th to fly down to WDW, and arrived around lunchtime. The flight to Orlando was packed with WDW goers, and I had the pleasure of sitting next to a 6 year old boy named Carter who was very excited to play games on my iPhone and visit Mickey Mouse. Carter made my day, so young and innocent! After almost a year, I also got to meet up with my friend Darren, who accompanied me to the Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports to pick up my race bibs. We spent a few hours together before my mom arrived. We finished the day at Whispering Canyon Cafe with the best pork steak I have ever tasted.

Thursday, January 9, 2014
We were early to rise on Thursday for the 5k, which started at 6:15am. It was a nice short race, just through Epcot and back to the start line, but it was a great way to start a day. Mom and I spent most of the rest of the day at Animal Kingdom, just sort of wandering. I finished the day at The Wave restaurant having dinner with friends.

Friday, January 10, 2014
An even earlier morning on Friday, at the 10k started at 5:30am. It was a great race, winding out in front of the Epcot parking lot for about 2.5 miles, then in behind Test Track and through World Showcase. The most exciting part? The torches around the lagoon were lit! We headed to the Magic Kingdom afterwards, but didn’t stay for long, as I knew there were lots of miles to come.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Half Marathon is one of my favorite events as it combines running through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. If I haven’t mentioned it so far, I ran all these races with friends, so slow and steady was the name of the game. It was a very warm morning, but such a fun race! We returned back to Epcot after the race to complete some of my favorite attractions: Living with the Land, Spaceship Earth and Test Track. The best part of the day: my fiance bought me a massage at Senses Spa at Saratoga Springs! IT WAS WONDERFUL!

Sunday, January 12, 2014
The big day! The race was, well, long, but we finished, got our medals, and went to wash off the stank that follows someone that runs for almost 6 hours. Many times on this blog I have talked about how much I like the Epcot resort area, and today was no exception. We spend the evening at the Beach Club and finished off the night at Beaches and Cream… We called ourselves Team Kitchen Sink, but none of us could stomach all that after the activity we had endured earlier that day.

Monday, January 13, 2014
My last day at the resort included my first time seeing Enchanted Tales with Belle, lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant, and a fever the whole plane ride back to California. Lunch was great though!

This is sort of the short version of my trip, but it was one of the best trips I have made to the World. Great things have already been accomplished in 2014, and with my wedding approaching soon too (UP! themed, by the way… more to come on that) it is sure to be an epic year.

I hope you all have had a great start to your 2014, and best wishes for a wonderful year! 

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One Response to Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Summary

  1. Kevin says:

    Congrats on your Dopey finish! I saw some of you finishers walking around (well, some crawling) on Monday and was impressed. I ran the marathon only, myself. I’d be interested in your take on how well you thought the race weekend was handled by WDW.

    The logistics of such a big event are undoubtedly challenging. But there’s just something that is so un-Disney about the lead up to the event and finish (the walk-up, the corrals, even the afterparty). What things do you think they could do better in future years?

    I also definitely feel like knowing you are preparing for a race hinders the enjoyment of the parks in the lead up to the event. (I found myself wondering if I was really on vacation or not for the 2 days we were at the property before the run.)

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