Royal Family 5k recap

9 Oct

I’ve been seriously neglecting my blog since I haven’t run any races since August. I’m so excited to have races the next two weekends! I’m still debating between the 1/2 and the full marathon in Kansas City on Saturday, but I’m leaning more towards the full right now. I have to wait to change at packet pickup though, so I still have 4 days to talk myself out of the marathon.

Since I don’t have any races to recap from the recent past, I decided it would be fun to look back to Princess weekend in February. I did a recap on the 1/2 after the race, but didn’t talk about the 5k that I also did that weekend.

First of all, a 5k at Disney is definitely more expensive than local races. I can run a 1/2 around here for the price of the 5k at Disney. With that in mind, I was really anxious to see what the 5k would be like since it cost so much. As far as value for what you pay compared to other Disney races, you don’t get as much bang for your buck. It still was fun and well supported, so it wasn’t a total waste. I’m signed up to run the 5k during marathon weekend, so I obviously enjoyed this race enough to justify the hefty price tag again.

Now onto the report…

We had to be at the race early, just not quite as early as the 1/2. I forget what time we were up and had to leave the hotel, but it was definitely dark for awhile around the starting area.

Arriving at Epcot before dawn.

I was impressed with the starting area. Even though there weren’t corrals, it was just as nice as the other races at Disney.

Since we were there early, we had a chance to get our picture with some characters from Beauty and the Beast before the race. There was a long line, and the characters in the pictures rotated. Once we got to the front Gaston was the only character out.

Jeff Galloway was also there encouraging everyone before the race, and trying to talk runners into doing a  1/2 marathon at Disney.

Since the line for pictures with characters was so long we were late getting into the starting area. It was super tight in that area, and we ended up waiting outside of the fence until the race started.

You can see in this picture where the fence to the corral was. Someone moved the fence so everyone on the outside could squeeze in after the race started. You can see the start line in the distance.

This is a shot of everyone behind us. There were a lot of people doing the 5k!

The race started with fireworks like the other Disney races do, and then we slowly made our way to the start line. I didn’t time this race at all, but it probably took a good 2-3 minutes to start from where we were standing before the race.

In typical Disney fashion again, there were characters at the start to send us on our way.

The first mile was uneventful in the parking lot and looping around backstage. I didn’t know later that I would have to walk a good portion of that course again the next day to get to the starting corrals for the 1/2.

One thing I loved about this race was the fact that it was a distance that almost anyone was capable of completing. I had to take a picture of this family because I thought it was so sweet!

We ran into these guys on the service road before we got to the backstage portion of Epcot.

I completely missed the first mile marker, but soon after mile 1 was done, we entered Epcot. It was neat getting to go through the World Showcase, and that was where all the characters for the race were.

I had hoped to stop for pictures with all the characters during this race, but after stopping for a picture with Mulan, I realized the lines were far too long to do that.

We made it to mile 2 as we were leaving the world showcase through the international gateway to head backstage again.

We were backstage for a short time, then came back into the world showcase between the UK and Canada. I decided to enjoy random photo opps since I didn’t get the character pictures I was hoping for.

The flower and garden festival was just starting, so there were some great topiaries in Epcot.

I think this is the first time I’ve taken this picture without 100 other people in it.

Mile 3 was in the same place as mile 13 is for the 1/2. It was the same finish area as well.

After the 5k we got our medallions, and had our picture taken. Then we headed over to the food table and got our bag of food and drinks. I like that Disney gives you a bag of all the food to speed up the process, but I honestly wouldn’t have taken all the food they gave me if they didn’t have everything sorted into bags. I ended up trashing a lot of it before we went home.

We decided to take the monorail to MK to catch a bus back to the boardwalk since there isn’t a bus to that area from the front of Epcot and we didn’t want to use our park tickets that day.

So there you have it. The 5k was very laid back and a great way to start the weekend of running. I like the fun themes for the 5k’s at Disney, and that is one of the reasons I decided to run the 5k in January. The theme for that weekend is the Three Caballeros, which I LOVE, so it will be lots of fun.

Hopefully I’ll be back next week with another race recap from the KC 1/2 or full marathon!

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One Response to “Royal Family 5k recap”

  1. gratitude for good October 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    love it!! thank you so much for sharing. every time i read a recap, i get more and more excited for the princess half!!

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