Hey guys, happy Friday! So I thought I’d end the week with something new and exciting: my first guest post! I decided to take a little break from blogging today and let my other favorite writer share a post with you, and with all of the the Dopey, Princess, and Dumbo excitement, I thought it was only appropriate that he write about his very first runDisney experience.
What I find interesting about a Disney race is that you make it to be whatever you want. Whether you’re trying to set a personal goal, survive (I’m talking to all you Dopeys!), or just take in the experience, it’s up to you. And however it is you cross the finish line, that shiny HUGE medal is yours to wear around the parks for the rest of the weekend. Even though I didn’t earn as much bling as Jen—one medal as opposed to six—it was awesome getting congratulations from Disney cast members and visitors even days later. Yet another reason why running Disney is so unique.
As a first-timer, it was so fascinating to see everyone stop and take pictures and capture the moment, even in the middle of the race.
Plus, it was exciting to see what character would come up next along the course. Naturally, Jen decided when we should stop; as you’ve seen, we ended up with quite a collection of character photos!
You’ve probably read Jen’s half marathon recap already, so I won’t go into more particulars about the race. But I’ll highlight a few of my favorite moments overall from the weekend:
The expo: I found the whole expo fascinating. I mean, the line was out the door an HOUR before opening…and it was just for shoes!
At the start, I was excited but actually a little apprehensive; I wasn’t sure if there would be a mad dash for merchandise, like what Jen had experienced at previous expos. Overall, it was crowded but not overly chaotic.
Seeing marathoners run through Cinderella Castle as a ChEAR Squad member: I had a good view stationed right in front of the castle. What I found interesting was that none of the beginning runners, the elites, stopped for a picture. Slowly, a few runners began to stop, and then almost EVERYONE did. Runners were posing for MarathonFoto, taking their own pictures, coming to the ChEAR Squad to greet loved ones.
It was pretty exciting, especially after my own special someone came by for a sweaty hug and a few smooches.
Tell us about YOUR first runDisney race! What was your favorite part of the experience?
If you’ll be taking on your first runDisney event this year, what are you looking forward to?