RunDisney’s 25th annual Walt Disney World Marathon weekend started in grand style on Thursday, January 4th with the Pluto-themed 5k. 13,000 runners participated in this family fun run, kicking off the first of the four races in my Dopey Challenge Journey.
Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm went off at 2:00), 35 degrees at race start. Character Stops: Chip & Dale, Jiminy Cricket, Koda and Kenai (Brother Bear), Horace Horsecollar, Finish time 1:21:42
My whole goal from start to finish was not to shiver, which meant I had to stay layered and warm enough that my body would not need to expend the extra energy to keep me warm. Now going into this race series I had already planned on what I was wearing, and unfortunately, all of it was for warm-weather. With a little creative thinking (and a productive trip to Goodwill), I was able to keep my Running Disneybounds recognizable, but still stay warm enough in the corrals.
For this race, I ran with the Joyful Miles crew of Rob, Laura, and Jackey, plus several others who joined in on the fun. We all dressed as the aliens from Toy Story, except for one who dressed as the “Claw.” My plan for this race was to stay with the group for most of the run, stopping for characters and photo stops along the way. I’ve run with Joyful Miles before, and I know they like to stop for a lot of fun pictures and have a great time along their race. While it’s not always the way I like to run, this is a great way to conserve energy for a multi-day event like the Dopey Challenge…and let’s face it…this was CRAZY fun! [Read more…] about Walt Disney World 5k Race Report from 2018