This race had been in my calendar a while and I was super excited from the moment I decide to run through Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. I had raced the North Carolina Half Marathon in Charlotte, around a NASCAR arena, and then in New Orleans at the Crescent City Classic. There are many Walt Disney races, half marathons, 10Ks and 10 milers all with a Disney theme and the bling is choice.
I was massively jet lagged, it was 10 at night and I had not slept for 3 days. It was 80 degrees in the day and humid as hell at night. I was 30 mins slower than normal. But it was a nice easy run. I took water at each station and kept a steady 10 min mile pace despite the crowds.
- I was in a faster corral and somehow at mile 10 I caught up with three large, older women who were walking slowly and 3 abreast who could not possibly, by any stretch of the imagination have gotten so far ahead of without some shenanigans. Their walking pace was barely walking and I was clocking 10 min miles and overtaking the runners from the corral in front. So how the HELL did they get there?
- The Wine and Dine feast seemed to be tacked on. It did not have any level of organisation remotely in par with the race, or EPCOT itself. In fact, dozens and dozens of runners, having just completed 13.1 miles in hot humid conditions, found themselves limping around EPCOT with no staff on hand to advise them where to go for the wining and dining, no signs posted the way either, none! Minus 1
- Finally someone found a staff member who pointed us all back the way we had come to the most stupid thing ever! To get to the Wine and Dine event you needed to cross the race route!!! The race route with 14,000 people still running, for the next 2 hours! When we all got there the number of people trying to cross the crosswalk outnumbered the people running. Incompetent. Minus 1
- And when you get there, having spent $175 per runner ticket and $75 per spectator ticket (for which you got a $10 gift card) the wining and dining WAS NOT FREE! Most things cost $4.50 for TAPAS SIZED BITES! So many people were so disappointed they just turned around and walked back to the crosswalk to wait another half hour to cross to leave the damned place! So disappointing given the quality of the race itself. So that $250 for a runner and spectator effectively got you 2 drinks, 3 small tacos and entry to a place where Disney are going to squeeze money from your internal organs. I heard a joke that the security scanners on the way in, on the way out scan to see if you still have any cash on you, and you don’t let you leave. I can believe that now. Minus 3
- Spectators were not told they could watch the race from inside. So so many people were left outside, at the finish line, waiting for runners before the glossy event guide only showed the external spectator viewing points. Minus 1.
- And worst of all, you could buy the medal without even running the race, and past race medals at the EXPO and, I am guessing, online. Minus a thousand.
Now this shot is courtesy of Marathonfoto who kindly gave me it when it turned out the lady taking the photo of me standing (I said standing) with Lilo and Stitch, did not take a good enough photo. Still here it is post race.
|I dressed up – that is a Disney’s TRON LEGACY shirt that glows in the dark|