|Ready to complete the Pixie Dust Challenge|
It was slightly warmer on Sunday, but a throwaway was still necessary. My Delta blanket kept us warm in the corral as we waited a short time again for the race start. The announcers were lively and Daisy Duck was absolutely hilarious, wiggling her tail and causing the crowd to laugh out loud. She was super cute and definitely stole the show from Minnie!
Soon the national anthem played, fireworks were lit and we were starting the half marathon. The race plan was to finish around 2:03-2:05. My secret goal was still in the plans and if I could finish around this time, I would have a chance at another age group award. Christine and I planned to run this together, but would not be stopping for photos. While some people think you should always stop during Disney races to "get your money's worth", we prefer character photos at the parks with our medals after the race.
|Pre race. The girls behind us were dressed up so cute!|
Instead of boring you (and me) with a mile by mile recap, I thought including highs and lows from the race would be best. The course itself it similar to the 10k except the additional 6.9 miles that weave through Anaheim.
* Running through the Disneyland Parks is one of the best parts of the race. When you run behind the scenes, it is fun to see extra equipment and in my case, I saw an extra train car for the Casey Junior Circus train ride. There were at least two other single ride vehicles, but they are escaping my memory at the moment.
* The characters in the parks were not busy at all and if we had wanted to stop, there were many opportunities where there was no line or just one or two runners in line. We both were wondering if this is a phenomenon of the California races because we have never seen so few people that wanted to stop for photos during a runDisney race.
* Volunteers on the course were fabulous. They were always ready during the water stops and we never wasted a second of time waiting for water or Powerade. We tried our best to thank them too! The maintenance staff for the parks were out cheering and they were amazing and probably the loudest group within the parks.
* The red hat ladies were the absolute best part of the race. I screamed to them several times that I was old enough to be in their group! They were unbelievably supportive, cheering and offering support to every runner who passed by them. And their group was by far the largest I have ever seen at any race.
* I got a little bored during one long stretch in Anaheim, probably between miles 9 and 11 on Harbor and Anaheim Boulevards. There are numerous streets you run through the city, but it seemed that these areas had very few people and not much to keep you entertained!
* Christine was still having knee trouble but was an absolute trooper to keep me going and help me finish. This was not an easy day for either of us, me being tired and she having trouble from a high school knee injury.
The finish line was a very welcome sight as both Christine and I were getting hot and tired. We pushed to the finish and my time of 2:04.36, was good enough for another 2nd place finish in my age group. Excited and happy, we showered quickly so we could go celebrate another race and our Pixie Dust Challenge finish.
|Tinkerbell, Pixie Dust Challenge and Tink medals!|
Celebrating at World Of Color in California Adventure after a lovely dinner at Carthay Circle!
Have you run Disney races on both coasts? If so, which is your favorite?