January 17, 2014

Race Recap: WDW Inaugural 10k

The Walt Disney World 10k was day two of our Dopey Challenge race series and arguably the most challenging morning for me.  I didn't sleep well the night before (neither did Mom) and I woke up feeling very tired and a little run down.  I was excited for this event because we loved the Disneyland 10k and hoped for a similar experience!  We got dressed and hopped the monorail (starting to feel like groundhog day) to head to the race.

We met up with a few friends and snapped some pre-race photos.  One of the best parts of racing in Disney is seeing our buddies!
Ashley from Pavement Princess and recent marathoner!
Mother-Daughter racers!
Newsie Danielle from Live, Run, Grow
We milled around in the corrals a bit and chatted over our race strategy.  Given that the character photo lines were so long for the 5k we agreed that we wouldn't stop unless we really loved the character or the line was very short.  Before we knew it, Corral A was ushered to the start and then we started moving as well.  For this race, they ended up starting the corrals 10 minutes apart which seemed to help in terms of overall course crowding.
There goes corral A!
Starting line
We started off at a pretty decent pace, hoping that we might be able to beat some of the crowds to characters.  We were a little disappointed by the first part of the race course.  The first three miles or so were all outside of EPCOT and there were 2 DJs and one character stop…not as magical as I had hoped.  After noticing quickly that there wasn't much going on, we decided to stop for mile marker photos, but given the darkness and our intentions to move rather quickly, our photo quality is pretty weak!



We did really enjoy the Boardwalk resort part of the course which was a nice, scenic stretch outside of the park.  We spotted the Tweedles before we made the turn back into EPCOT and given their non-existent line, decided to stop.  Sadly our photo is really blurry and we'll have to get our official race photos for a better one!
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum meet Tweedle Mom and Tweedle Daughter!
We finished the race and were excited to receive our Minnie medals!  We stopped for a quick photo with Daisy after the race and headed back to the resort.

Not unlike the 5k, we found this race a bit disappointing.  There were many more characters once we got into EPCOT and the Boardwalk areas but the first half of the race was pretty boring to be totally honest.  And based on our experience at the Disneyland 10k, this felt lackluster.  runDisney is great about feedback so hopefully this race will improve next year!
2 races down, 2 to go!
Did you run this race?  What did you think?
{Christine}

30 comments:

  1. Love hearing your honest opinions about all of the races. I will definitely take this into consideration if I decide to go "Dopey" next year.
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks, Karen. We try to give unbiased feedback and we were pretty bummed with this race.

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  2. My husband and I were also a bit underwhelmed by this year's 10k. We had very high hopes when we registered, given that it was an inaugural year for both the 10k and Dopey, but were a bit disappointed by the lack of entertainment on the course until we entered Epcot. At least Disney got one thing right with this race in spacing out the timing of the corrals. I don't feel like we had to weave much at all!

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    1. We were on the same page Kathryn - definitely expected more for an inaugural race! Yes, totally agree the corrals were much better for the 10k.

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  3. I'm sad this race wasn't as great at Disneyland's 10K! Looks like y'all had fun, though. Love the Newsies costumes...very clever idea! Glad you met up with Ashley, too! :0)

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    1. Definitely not what we were hoping for but always fun to meet up with running buds :)

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  4. Bummer that there weren't more characters/entertainment along this course - I've been reading that from many people who ran the 10k so hopefully the comments will be heard by runDisney. Fingers crossed, right? Love that the Tweedles were out there - I would have stopped for them too!

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    1. I hope so! Yes, luckily the Tweedles had a very short line so they were a quick stop!

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  5. I know other people who did the 10k and they agree that the first half was boring. They also said the road was slippery because of the rain the day before so they had to be careful but try to have fun at the same time. I'm surprised after hearing the lack of characters this weekend considering it's the biggest weekend with the marathon.

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    1. Yes, I totally forgot about the slippery part. In fact, I think that most mornings, parts of the course were wet so we were extra cautious with our footing.

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  6. Yup, 10k kinda sucked. The only thing that saved it for me is that I was having way too much fun running around sweating my butt off dressed like a Newsie! Seize the Day!

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    1. Newsies were clearly the best character on the course! ;)

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  7. I have read other reviews where runners felt the same way you guys did about this race! They thought is was kind of boring but Disney non the less so they did have fun! You gals looked cute though!

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    1. It seems like the feedback was pretty consistent on this event so hopefully it will improve next year. And thanks! :)

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  8. It looked like a lesser version of the DL 10k; I remember wondering why there weren't all those fancy mile markers like at Disneyland, but I thought it wasn't bad. I really liked that they included the boardwalk/beach club area and I didn't think it was too crowded. I'm definitely not in a rush to do it again, that's for sure.

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    1. I feel exactly the same way! For an inaugural event, it was definitely lackluster.

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  9. I was also underwhelmed by the 10K, especially after reading about other Disney races! It was a little sad since this was my first Disney race and the only one I ran that weekend. I had serious race envy watching posts from the half marathon the next day! I still had fun and will definitely do another Disney race, but I wish this race had a little more to it.

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    1. Oh, I'm sad to hear that. :( I definitely think the 10k was probably the most lackluster event all weekend, but I don't believe it's a good characterization of Disney events (honestly!). Try another race - people tend to think there are usually more characters at the DL races.

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  10. I didn't do this race but saw the course map beforehand. My sister ran and had pretty much the same sentiment as you. I'm hoping they change the course or add more entertainment to the first half before Princess Weekend and GSC. You would think for an inaugural race, they would have made it a bigger "production." Hopefully there's time to make it a bit more runner friendly in the next month.

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    1. I have a feeling the course will probably be the same for GSC but that's pure speculation on my part. I have a feeling that after seeing all of the feedback, they'll hopefully improve quality and quantity of on-course entertainment.

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  11. I ran the race last weekend and felt the same way about the race course. Miles 3.5 - 6 were fine but Miles 1-3.5 were awful! Not only are you running in a very boring spot (Epcot Blvd), but there was very little *magic* to make the miles pass more quickly. I hope you're right and that RunDisney takes all of this feedback into account for next year!

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    1. So do we Sam! After their major improvements in the corral system this year, I'm assuming they are listening to the runners.

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  12. I completely agree that the WDW 10K was disappointing. I loved the Disneyland 10K and had similar hopes for the WDW race. After all, it was my first runDisney race at WDW. After reading so many blogs about how great the WDW races are, I might have had higher expectations than I should have. Thankfully, the course ended with some fun. I liked running in EPCOT and the Boardwalk area was fun. Also, running the WDW Marathon totally redeemed my impressions of the runDisney WDW races.

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    1. The Boardwalk area is definitely one of my favorite areas to run!

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  13. AGREED. I still had fun and all, I just was expecting more. I did the DDD in DL, and I thought the 10K was a blast, so I guess I went in with high expectations!

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    1. That 10k in Disneyland is definitely one of my top 5 races ever! There were characters EVERYWHERE!

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  14. I agree, this race wasn't one of my favorites. I was really surprised that so much of the course was on the roads, but on top of it - it lacked entertainment. It was fun to run along the Boardwalk though! And the Newsies costumes were SO fun!!!

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    1. I am starting to think that the Newsies were undoubtedly the best characters on course :)

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  15. I had a blast at the 10K...except for the extreme humidity lol! I did feel that the first 3 miles were pretty boring but the last half was great!

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  16. I've read quite a few recaps on the 10K, and everyone has mentioned the lack of character stops on the course. This really surprises me since that is a huge reason many people run the races!

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