As I mentioned last week, I am writing a series of posts that cover the Dopey Challenge over the course of five weeks. Each week I will cover one of the races in the series and the series will culminate in a final post will cover the entire challenge.
The second race in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge. series is the 10K. The 10K starts at 5:30 a.m., so participants must be on the bus by 4:30 a.m. I set my three alarms for 3:30 am. to make sure I arrived at the bus in time.
The previous night, I laid out my race bib, shirt, shorts, socks and shoes so I was ready to rock ‘n roll in the morning. It worked well and I was out of the room in a flash. I made the quiet trek to the bus stop and noticed lots of other nervous runners lining up. I always love running Walt Disney World races because of the camaraderie among the runners. We were all here for the same reason, and no matter what your level, we all have jitters before a race. We sat nervously on the bus awaiting for our arrival at Epcot. I love hearing the conversations among the friends, sisters, mother and daughter teams, husband and wife teams and more on the Disney buses. I saw one girl, who was alone, updating her Twitter status. A husband and wife team discussed where they would meet at the end of the race. I was alone, as I often am for these races, and I greatly enjoy the people watching (and listening) along the way.
When we arrived, I stopped by the runDisney store and had a leather keychain made was in the shape of Mickey’s head and said, “5K+10K+12.1+26.2=48.6 Dopey Miles”. I then grabbed a cup of coffee and ate my banana before the race. Of course I made a Porta-Potty stop, which took a lot of time while waiting in line.
Next thing I knew, it was time to line up in my corral. The fireworks went off for each race corral and we were off. I don’t know why, but the first mile of a race always feels the worst! I was worried when I felt my tired legs, but they quickly warmed up. We started in the same location as the 5K, but then headed in the opposite direction. We headed down the highway before heading into Epcot’s World Showcase through the Mexican Pavillion at mile 3.5. We exited Epcot and headed over to the Boardwalk. We ran past Jellyrolls and the Yacht & Beach Club, then behind the Avenue of Stars and Soarin’ before heading to the parking lot and finish. Of course there were lots of characters and photo opportunities along the way.
The shiny medal with Minnie was adorable! The line for getting the 10K wristband was much better and more efficient than the previous day. Looks like Disney made some changes to the process or the runner’s finish time was more staggered. Either way, it was great!
My family also didn’t come out for the 10K, so I headed back to the resort and we had the entire day ahead of us! We went to the Hoop-Dee-Do Revue, since we were staying at Fort Wilderness and we enjoyed the pool and hot tub. I didn’t want to stay out too late though because the next day was the half marathon and day three of the challenge!
For more info, see my post last week on the Disney 5K and my previous post on the marathon at Walt Disney World. If you like Disney race reviews, also check out my podcast on the Tower of Terror 10-miler.
Have you run the Dopey Challenge or 10K? What did you think?