It finally has been announced. The long awaited but highly anticipated, Star Wars Race Weekend at Disneyland!
It finally has been announced. The long awaited but highly anticipated, Star Wars Race Weekend at Disneyland!
We did it! If you haven’t heard, the 2015 Walt Disney Marathon Weekend went live today at Noon EST, and we registered for Goofy 2015. As of late this afternoon, the 5K, 10K and Dopey Challenge has sold out. Wowzers!
We decided on Goofy this time as we are planning on staying away from the WDW resorts for a couple of days to take in some shopping and Orlando. I’ve never really explored Orlando, and I love to shop when I’m on vacation, so this will be a fun addition to our trip plans. We will still stay on sight for the marathon weekend, so we can take advantage of the shuttle bus to the half and full marathons, and as well, play like kids at the theme parks. 🙂
I’m excited to be back to run Goofy as it will be the 10th anniversary. Disney has already leaked the medal and it’s fabulous! If you haven’t had a chance to see it, check out the Run Disney Twitter feed. They have it posted in their pics.
It’s a busy time of year for me. Spring always seems to throw a bunch of different things my way. My full time job becomes pretty demanding from April to June, the weather gets better, so I want to run outside more, and of course, the house demands some projects that I’ve put off in the winter months. For instance, the next big home project is painting our bedroom. Oh yes, it’s a busy time. And while I can’t do it all in one day, I’ll just have to stay on task in the next few months.
I hope you are enjoying the Spring weather.
Are you planning on running an event at the 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend? What are your plans for the Spring? Do you like to paint? 😉
I decided to get crafty this past week and do something with my Walt Disney World running bling. While I love what Fond Memories can do in terms of a professional shadow box, I decided to save a little dough this time around, and try my hand at creating my own shadow box.
Michaels was having a sale on shadow boxes this month, so I purchased two for the price of one. Since Kari and I both have the Dopey and Tinker Bell race medals this year, I thought it would be a bit redundant to create two of the same shadow boxes; therefore, I’m just making one of each race weekend. I downloaded our certificates from the Run Disney website, and I am using them within each box.
It took a while to get the ‘perfect fit’. I must of tried 20 different layouts. I’m one of those people who like equal sides, and figuring out a layout that wasn’t too heavy or busy on one side versus the other was making me crazy. I finally found a layout I could live with. It was a challenge with the Dopey medals as I underestimated the size of the shadow box vs the size of the medals. As well, I had to fit in the certificates. I first tried hanging the medals from the top of the box, however, soon realized, even staggering the medals in a hanging position within the box, would not work. I then removed all the ribbons and proceeded to lay out the medals in some kind of order. I felt that the Dopey and Goofy medals were the highlight of the six, so they are up against the black background. The others I placed on top of the ribbons. I would have liked to have fit them level across the box, however, the marathon and 5k medals are bigger than the others, so I had to stagger the middle two to be able to fit everything in. HA! Who ever complained about medals being too big? (shadow box makers, that’s who!) Tons of two sided, heavy duty sticking tape was used under the medals and the ribbon. Oh boy, let’s hope they stay! 🙂
One down, another to go at a later date. What do you think? Have you attempted your own running medal shadow box?
Today Run Disney updated the registration prices for 2015. For those who are thinking about registering, you’ll notice there is quite an increase over 2014 prices. Dopey went from $495 to $530 and Goofy went from $320 to $360. (does not include Active’s processing fees)
How do you feel about these prices increases? Do you think it’s fair, or do you see this as price gouging? Will you rethink your Run Disney race plans and opt out of a race challenge? (Dopey/Goofy)
I’ve done a short poll below. Would love your feedback.
Entry Fees and Deadlines – Walt Disney World Race Weekend 2015
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Walt Disney World® Marathon
Walt Disney World® Half Marathon
Walt Disney World® 10K
Disney Family Fun Run 5K
runDisney Kids Races
Race Retreat Packages
Today at 11:35 EST/8:35 PST Disney made a HUGE announcement.
Another race has been added to the series of Run Disney events.
Where is this new race you ask? Here are the details :
The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon
Where : Disneyland
When : November 14-16, 2014
Registration Date : March 25th, 2014
This obviously may put a wrench in some of your upcoming Run Disney plans. Perhaps you had your mind set on registering for Wine and Dine 2014.
California or Florida? Which will you choose?
— runDisney (@runDisney) February 25, 2014
This pretty much sums up the moment of registration for a Run Disney race.
I must admit, I keep my eyes open when it comes Run Disney information. As well, I read multiple Facebook pages devoted to the events to keep informed on people’s opinions and travel plans.
As much as I benefit from others’ insights in terms of helpful tips, some of it has started to wear me down and here’s why….
Annual Pass and DVC members have the benefit to register a week early for races. I am not one of them. *sigh*
People are reserving Disney World and local Disneyland hotels prior to registering for a race 9-10 months out. Despite the fact that Run Disney offers special packages for participants after registration begins. I’ve read multiple people have already booked their hotel and flight for the Wine and Dine in November, and registration doesn’t open until March 4, 2014.
Registration for Run Disney events go online at their designated day and time and some sell out within an hour.
Sure, I have plans for 2015. I am hoping to register for a Dopey Challenge repeat, as well as other Disney events. Have I started to plan for it? In my mind I have.
Given the current environment which seems madder than a Mad Hatter, I’m starting to write down budgets, research hotels, figure out accommodation plans and search out current prices for airline tickets. This is all for 2015. I haven’t even thought about this year’s vacation. But then again, I don’t have any more Disney races planned.
I almost feel like Mr. Rabbit. I’m late!
Do I need a plan of attack? I think I do.
I’m starting to feel like I’m at one of those crazy bridal gown sales where all the brides stand at the front of the store, in anticipation; waiting for the guard to let them
attack run and stock pile the multiple racks of gowns, looking for a deal on a wedding dress. With no guarantees that by the time I get in, I’ll find my perfect dress. Or any dress for that matter. This to me, is true TERROR!
I’ve started to realize, the marathon doesn’t start at the time of the race. The marathon starts months in advance during the registration process. It compels me to take a vacation day off work, so that I am sitting at my home computer, waiting for hunting season to begin. aka April 22nd at 12pm EST.
Must channel my inner Merida. With my
bow cocked mouse in hand, I’ll shoot click off rounds of information and hope that the URLs click seamlessly without hesitation. Who knows what craziness could unfold when thousands of people are registering on a site at the same time. I hope I hit a bullseye!
In the spirit of the Olympics, registration is almost a qualifying event. You can’t go to the big event unless you train-and I’m not even referring to actual running itself. Check your equipment. Internet working ok?-not the right time to forget paying a bill. Ensure you’ve trained on the race course, AKA: know how to navigate on active.com. Wait for the gun to go off-12pm EST/9am PST. READY! SET! GO!
If you qualify, you make the podium. We all get medals for finishing a Run Disney race.
Ahh…Countdown begins. 65 days to GO TIME!
KEEP CALM AND PLAN YOUR REGISTRATION!
Time to go running to burn off the anxiety. 😉
Any one else having sleepless nights over registration? How early are you booking your travel plans?
This was it. The 7th and last race of our 11 day race schedule. The Dopey Challenge was complete. The 5K and 10K Tinker Bell races were complete. It was time to finish the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and congratulate ourselves on our test of endurance. (oh, and to ice our tired muscles, and rest our weary heads)
We were ready. More than ready. We found our sleepy selves in Corral B. Kari went as Peter Pan, and I had on my Tinker Bell wings. I liked these wings as they were meant for kids. Not too big so they didn’t flop around. Powered by pixie dust, (as my Bondi band said so) I was ready to go!
We started the race on Disneyland Drive, with a short portion on Ball Road to Harbor Blvd. Before we knew it, we entered California Adventure.
It was pretty dark so we didn’t stop for too many photo breaks. Most of which were repetitive from previous days, so we kept running towards Disneyland’s Main Street. Along the way, we came across a few familiar faces.
We ran down Main Street and stopped briefly for a picture outside the castle. Unlike the previous day, the castle lights were on which was pretty awesome.
It wasn’t too long before we ran through the castle and then ran into a few Lost Boys.
Now, this guy was pretty close by, so I’m sure he kept a watchful eye on those crazy kids.
Our next stop was at It’s a Small World. Again, this is one of my favourite sights in all of Disneyland, so I had to stop and take a couple of pictures.
We finished up running through Disneyland from mile 4 to 5 going through Fantasyland, Frontierland and I think a bit of New Orleans Square. Before we left we found these characters.
Our next stop was Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney is where the infamous Red Hat Ladies cheer on the runners. I have no idea how this began at the Disneyland races, but their group sure seems to grow in numbers year after year. Any runner who passes by them was sure to have gotten a jolt of energy.
After mile marker six, the course changes, and we find ourselves running on the quiet (and not so quiet) streets of Anaheim. Some would say it’s the boring part of the course, however, I quite enjoy it. A part of it is residential housing, so it can be quiet, but on the more busier streets, there are numerous marching bands and cheer squads to get our energy pumped. I like a good marching band, and these groups are really fantastic. If you happen to be using video as you go by, most will give an extra special loud cheer. They are a very energetic bunch.
Here are some of the sights of Anaheim.
The time really flew by in the second half. Before I knew it, we were coming up to the finish. I was really pleased with our times given all the stopping we did along the way for pictures. As well, this was our 7th race in the last 11 days. One would think our times would be much longer, however, next to the 10K the day before, our time on the half was second best. Who knew? Our chip time was 2:36:35 and my place overall was 3412/11490. Not my best time, but a decent time for a Disney race.
Of course, before we left the finish line, we had to pick up this little guy…
It was indeed….
On a side note – This was the last time the Tinker Bell race weekend was to be held in January as it’s moving to Mother’s Day weekend for May 2015. I suppose this enables other runners who have opted for the Walt Disney World marathon weekend in January to perhaps consider Tinker Bell in future race plans. In it’s 3rd year, I’ve really seen it grow and become a popular race amongst the Run Disney family. I can only see it gain in popularity and it’s a great addition to the Disneyland run schedule.
Until we meet again Run Disney, Happy Running.
The inaugural Tinker Bell 10K started at 6am on Saturday January 18th. 15 minutes later than the 5K the day before. You know what that meant; 15 more minutes of sleep time. My inner Sleeping Beauty was really enjoying these later corral times. We were excited to experience the inaugural 10k for the Tinker Bell race weekend. The only down side is that Run Disney didn’t market this as a challenge as they did with the Princess Glass Slipper Challenge (running 10K & half). Oh bother! We were happy to be a part of it. Perhaps in the future Run Disney will do something similar?
We left for the corrals around 5am. The short walk to Disneyland Drive to the start of the race was enough to shake out our legs. Upon arrival, we saw a path leading to the runner stage area with several tents, port-o-potties, race information and lots of volunteers. We continued on the road as we aimed to find ourselves in A corral.
Biding our time before the race.
As with the WDW Marathon weekend and two other Tinker Bell races, I didn’t have a costume for this race. I decided to wear blue. Blue compressions socks, blue Sparkle Skirt, Blue tech shirt. I topped it off with a Blue Bondi Band that had the words “Just Livin the Dream” printed on it. I slowly came to realize I must have been channeling my inner Sully. That played out delightfully later on during the race. (read on for my most favourite pic of the day)
In our corral above, there was a big screen indicating we had arrived at the correct place.
Once the race began, we found ourselves running on Disneyland Drive towards the backstage, then onwards around It’s a Small World, Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country, Frontierland and then around Fantasyland.
Front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and onwards down Main Street.
We entered California Adventure at the main entrance and continued our journey to Condor Flats, and Grizzly Peak areas. Soon we arrived at mile marker 3 as we were coming towards Paradise Pier. A perfect time to stop and take a few photos.
Soon after we were deep into Cars Land passing by the Cozy Cone Motel and Flo’s V8 Cafe. Unfortunately, this is where I was almost taken out by an overly revved up
Car runner, who decided to suddenly cross in front of me. I got lucky and I shifted into first gear before I ran into him. Whew!
The last part of California Adventure was through Hollywood Land and then outside, onto Harbor Blvd for the last two miles of the course. I can’t remember if I saw Mike and Sully first or the Tower of Terror first. In any case, both of them were within short distances of eachother.
Soon enough, we found ourselves outside of California Adventure at mile 4. We had two more miles along Harbor Blvd, Disney Way and Katella Ave, to arrive at the finish.
Before we got to the end, I saw this sign…
Onwards to the end…
I have to say, I really enjoyed this course. We snapped tons of photos along the way and we took our time to really enjoy the sights. We still managed to get a decent time of somewhere around 1:13 for the race. Not super fast, but given the stopping, we were much happier with this time over the WDW Minnie 10K which had tons of traffic.
Next on the Tinker Bell Race weekend coverage – The Tinker Bell Half Marathon and race wrap up!
Until then, Happy Running.