This race report will be mostly pictures because I really don't remember that many details of a race I ran 8 months ago, lol. Bad Audrey for being so delayed in getting this together.
But if you're really interested in the nitty gritty of the WDW full, feel free to check out my much more detailed 2008 WDW race report.
Here is the course for the full marathon - there were still a lot of expressways but at least we got to go through all four of the parks this time. The weather was slightly better - still freezing cold (high 20s/low 30s, I think) but at least it didn't rain on us.
|Hitting all four parks this time!|
|Obligatory Cinderella's Castle Photo|
But once I saw Mickey outside Animal Kingdom, I had to stop! I love how quick the picture taking guys (not the race photographers, but the character "escorts") are... they usually had two of them so while one runner was having their picture taken, the other guy was already grabbing the camera of the next runner so they would be ready to go. These guys are seasoned pro's!
|Of course I had to stop for Mickey!|
|I was so excited to see Russell and Carl! New additions to Disney!|
|Headed out of Hollywood Studios|
|Judging by the smile on my face, I must be close to the finish.|
|V is for Victory :P|
|Sharing all my medal loot with Daisy|
|Medal Mania: Donald for the half, Goofy for both, Mickey for the full|
I know this will be no surprise to anyone, but I am a big fan of the WDW marathon. I like how the different parks break up the course. Kind of like with the Nike marathon, where instead of thinking 12 miles to go, 11 miles to go, 10 miles to go and so on... it's more: OK around mile 4 there's a hill and then it's flat... but then get ready at mile 7 when the the big hills start, etc.
Same thing here... instead of thinking how far to the finish line, my mind instead wonders how long until we hit the next park. It is pure joy running through the Disney parks especially with all the characters around. And once you hit Hollywood studios around mile 22, it's all downhill because it's pretty scenic from there to the finish.
Chip Time 5:18:48
Overall Place 9368 / 16906
Gender Place 3699 / 8160
Division Place 630 / 1288
5 Mile 56:06
10 Mile 1:54:31
Half Split 2:31:49
20 Mile 4:00:14
This is a bit of an improvement from my 5:25 time in the 2008 WDW marathon but considering it was 30 degrees vs 80, it was to be expected.
|Showing off my prized Goofy medal to Goofy|
One last anecodote... I had a great time wearing my Goofy medal around the parks on the following Monday and Tuesday. (No way was I wearing all three - 1) it would be way too heavy and 2) I wouldn't be able to deal with all the clinging and clanging!) When I flew home the following Wednesday, I got stopped by airport security and he asked if they could go through my bag. He then asked if I had a bag of coins or something and I was at first pretty confused. And then I realized it must have been my medals which I had in my carry-on so I pulled that out to show it to him. I asked if he had seen other runners with their medals and he said yes, but with only one medal, not three! Then before I knew it, this came flying out of my mouth, "Well, they must have not been as awesome as me."
Seriously! So embarrassed... :-/