I’m pretty sure after last year’s ridiculously hot and humid Dumbo Double Dare weekend I swore off doing the race EVER again. Especially the challenge. And yet, I found myself signing up again. Why? I’m not sure, except the Disneyland 10K course is really fantastic, with most of it taking place in the parks. And I had to do the half because of my insane idea to 14 halfs in 2014.
Fortunately it was not nearly as humid as it was last year. Whew! It was also not nearly as clusteriffic as the 5K was moved to Friday, rather than having both races on Saturday. But that also meant an earlier wake-up call.
I made my way to my corral. I hadn’t put a lot of thought into a costume until the week before. Since it was a Stitch themed race, and more importantly, I had a red(ish) shirt to pair with my green Sparkle Athletic skirt, I was able to have a Lilo inspired costume. I was not the only one with this costume idea.
And soon we were off! Generally I start off way too fast, but it was a little harder this time as it was super crowded and there was a lot of weaving involved. But – get this! I RAN the entire first mile – no stopping!! First time I have done that in a race since I hurt my knee!
After the first two miles we were back on Disney property. This is really one of my favorite races because of how much time we spend in the parks. Through California Adventures and over to Disneyland.
I do have to say I was disappointed in the character stops, or lack thereof. And because there weren’t a lot of characters, the lines were ridiculously long. Chip & Dale were out, dressed as a cop & robber, which I really wanted to stop for. But I couldn’t even justify that one stop. I finally stopped at a float so I could get at least one picture and then at Mile Marker 5.
I ran into Pam right after Mile 5 (I ran with her at the Princess 10K earlier this year) and we finished the race together. Part of what makes these races so fun is the friends you make along the way!
Running through Downtown Disney was fantastic with all the spectators cheering. And there was the finish line!! Part 1 of the challenge was complete.