Since the 10K started earlier than the 5K, my wake up call at 2:15am was even earlier than the day before. The idea of a wake up call that early sounds crazy, but it's just what you do when you runDisney!
At 3:00am, the hubs and I walked down to the buses. Since we stayed on site at a Disney property, transportation to the start was easy. I was excited to get to the race because I was finally going to be meeting Maggie, who I've been talking to on Twitter for what seems like forever. We decided awhile ago to run the race together and dress up as #TeamMinnie. Check out the awesome sign Maggie's aunt made for us.
After hanging out in the waiting area for awhile, we made our way to the corrals. I was in corral B and Maggie was in corral A, so Maggie came back to B with me. When you runDisney, you can always move down corrals to be with another runner. Upon entering the corral, we made a beeline for the back of the corral. Runners leave from the back of the corral to walk to the starting line. Knowing this information is awesome because if you get up front and you're in the right spot, you can walk with the runDisney banner. Can you say amazing?!?!
As we walked to the start, we caught a glimpse of our #TeamMinnie sign. Both my husband and Maggie's aunt, were waiting to cheer us and all the runners on at the start.
Maggie and I decided early on to run this race for fun. Since we both had a half to run the next day, we didn't want to overdue it on the 10K. I also wanted to take it easy on my foot. I was nervous about whether or not it would hold up for three days of races.
When it was time to start the race, we got our official countdown and then the fireworks signaled "go time" (the hubs took this pic and just missed all the lights).
The course for the 10K starts out with running on the road outside of the park. This part is for the first three miles.
Then you arrive outside of Epcot. Look what's waiting for you!
The remainder of the race is run through Epcot and on the boardwalk. This makes the first part of the course worth it!
I don't normally stop for pictures. Crazy, I know. I guess it's because I usually run solo and for some reason I just won't give up the time it takes. But not at this race, we stopped at every character stop we could! Waiting in line with everyone was fun, and seeing runners on the course running by was even better! There's nothing better than stopping for characters a runDisney race!
I think the best part of runDisney 10K is the incorporation of running on the boardwalk. There's something special about being able to run on it.
After the boardwalk, you head back into Epcot towards the finish. As we approached the finish, I was able to get a pic of Fairy Godmother. We wanted a picture with her, but the rain was coming and she was whisked away by cast members.
Crossing the finish line with Maggie was incredible! So was our new inaugural race bling!
And a runDisney race wouldn't be complete without a finisher photo.
This race wasn't about speed (in fact it was the slowest 10K of my life). It was about having fun, laughing my heart out, making new friends, and seeing old friends. That's the kind of magic you get at a runDisney race!
What did you think of the runDisney Enchanted 10K? Did you run solo or with a friend? Share your experience!