This recap is quite late. I would apologize, but I’m sure my race recaps will never be on time.
To kick off the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, my fellow Dumbo Double Dare compadres (my husband and good friend), woke up at 3:30am to run the 10k. The ONLY reason in life to wake up at 3:30am is for Disney races. Disney races start SOOOO early in the morning. I know they want to start early so that the race doesn’t interfere too much with their normal park operating hours, but this is the only race I’ve ran where I feel like I should be going to bed at the time I’m waking up.
Since we were crashing at a friends place in Irvine, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to drive there, park and find the corrals. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the parking situation was quite easy and the walk from the parking structure to the corrals was just mere minutes. It felt much longer and more complicated at Disneyworld, but maybe it’s due to the fact that Disneyland is my “home turf”. I guess being an annual pass holder for several years is good for something. We arrived with plenty of time to spare. We hung out in the runner’s area and took advantage of the extra time to take some photos. For the 10K, my friends and I had a “monstrously” awesome group costume idea…
CAUTION. MONSTERS ON THE SCARE FLOOR. Don’t worry, we only scare because we care. Mike Wazowski, Sully and Boo comin’ atchya from the Disneyland 10k. The guys’ costumes were fun to make. I picked up some felt at a craft store and went to town. So excited that I was finally able to use my rudimentary sewing skills! I loved how they turned out. I made my husband (Sully) attach a blue fluffy tail to the back of his shirt as well. My Boo outfit was easy to throw together. Good thing I love pink and purple, I didn’t even need to buy anything!
- Almost the entire 10K was in Disneyland and California Adventures! It made for a very interesting and magical run. I thought it was cool getting to run in the “backstage” areas of Disney like where they store the huge floats.
- I ran the race with my husband and our friend. I had a good corral placement the highest of the three of us and was planning on taking advantage of it. But last minute, I decided to start in the same corral as my husband. My husband wanted to save his energy for the half marathon the next day, so we employed the Galloway run walk method and would run 1 minute and walk another minute. Our friend started in a corral that was further back, but he was able to catch up to us once we got inside California Adventure. It was tons of fun running as a group. We made sure to stop to take pictures, be silly and really enjoy the race.
- The 10K was Lilo & Stitch themed, (World of) color me surprised. I had no idea til we got there. It was fun to see so many people dressed up as Lilo and the Elvis music blasting along the course.
- Dressing up in costumes! For the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend I felt vastly unprepared. I remember showing up to the corrals and had a bit of a FOMO (fear of missing out) moment. Why was I the only one not dressed up? Why are people so creative? Why did I not plan a costume??? Dressing up to run in Disney races should be mandatory. It was fun coming up with a costume idea for our group, creating the costumes and then prancing around Disneyland in the costumes. As we were getting out of our car in the morning, two runners came up to us and were squealing about Sully’s tail. When they realized that we were the Monster Inc. crew, they were beside themselves with happiness.
- Best Costume Award was for this guy dressed up as Kronk with Isma strapped to his back (see photo below). Seriously? Is this real life? I love this costume because it is not your typical Disney costume. Some people I know have never even seen the Emperor’s New Groove (I know, they lead sad, strange little lives). We were in the same corral as this guy. I could not stop staring. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Even more impressive, he finished the entire 10k in this get up. Hero.
Overall it was a fun race, as most Disney races are. One thing I was disappointed in was the lack of characters on the course. There were plenty of Elvis photo ops, but very few characters. Not going to lie, I was a little sad as that was something I was looking forward to. Now, onto the photos!