Race day arrived bright and early on Saturday. Saturday was a busy day for races at Disneyland – the family fun 5K started at 5:30am and the 10K was right after at 6:15am. One of my favorite things about staying at the Ramada Maingate for Disneyland races is that they open their breakfast super early for the races – unfortunately, I don’t think they checked the starting times of the 5K or 10K as they didn’t open their early breakfast this race day until 5:30; way too late to make it in time for corral starts. Luckily there was a restaurant open early enough near Disneyland Hotel to grab a bagel. This was about where I realized I had forgotten to bring my Nuun and Energybits to have with my bagel – FAIL!
After eating a fast breakfast, it was time to meet up with a few other runners from Team #runDisney for the Disneyland 5K.
For the 10K I dressed as Alice to fit the theme of the inaugural race!
After the 5K runners took off, we headed over to the pre-race runner’s area to wait for the 10K start. This was the first year there was a 5K immediately followed by a 10K, so we weren’t too sure how busy it would be. Usually I try to be at my corral at least an hour before runDisney races, but with the 5K and 10K having the same starting line this wasn’t possible because the corrals didn’t open to 10K runners until 5 minutes before the 10K start. I’m hoping next year runDisney will move either the races to be further apart or on separate days because having them so close together was just so rushed and confusing.
Right as I got to my corral we were off! My goal for this race was to take it easier than usual – I was already starting to feel sore from walking around the parks and I still had a half marathon the next day! The first few miles were outside of the park, then the last few were back through the park with the last 1/2 of the 10K being the same route as the 5K. Towards the end of the race, I was able to find my twin on the course!
Before I knew it, I was running through Downtown Disney and almost back at the Finish Line. I really liked how packed Downtown Disney was with people cheering – definitely the final push that I needed!
Unlike the Disney Goofy Challenge in January, at the 10K finish line they also gave out wristbands for Dumbo as proof you completed the 10K
After the race, we headed back to the hotel to shower and change then went back to the parks for a little bit. Leaving the race area was a nightmare. Downtown Disney was somewhat closed because of the runners, so everywhere you tried to walk you would be stopped. Eventually they started to open walk ways to cut across the race, but I think it ended up taking an hour to get back to our hotel. I’m hoping next year they reconsider the Downtown Disney run, or have a walkway so runners and spectators can get back to their hotels.
The rest of the day we spent in the parks (trying) to take it easy and ride a few rides – afterall, there was another race in the morning!
Division: 30/802 Females: 208/5,135 Overall: 605/7,840
To be continued..