So if you follow me on Instagram, you know I was in SoCal last weekend, soaking up, errr, roasting in the Left Coast sun.
After our wonderful experience at last year’s Disneyland half marathon, we knew we would be back to Walt’s park, but maybe in five years or so. I was totally smitten, but flying across the country is sort of a big deal. But then Run Disney announced that they would be debuting a new race at the 2013–the Dumbo Double Dare, which like the Goofy, was a two race challenge. But this time it was a 10k and a Half Marathon, two race distances that are totally doable for me, even back to back. I was intrigued. And Noel was intrigued. And our friends Charrissa and Derek were in. So next thing I knew, we were on our way to Disneyland!
And since we were truly running the Disneyland 10k as a fun race, we decided to dress up! As fairies!
We were able to get up and leave our hotel at a delightfully late time–4am–and we still had plenty of time. Or so we thought. Yeah, there were some SNAFUs getting into the corrals, but we made it into A with just a few minutes to spare. Derek and I were running the 10k together as a total fun race (he was preparing to crush the half the next day–spoiler alert–he destroyed it–and running with me was a good way to stay slow!) so we started off slow and got ready to take pictures!
I was excited for the 10k, because unlike the half, most of the race was inside the Disneyland Parks. I had never run a Disney race that was all in the parks before, so it seemed like there would be a lot of great photo ops. And there were! But first we covered the first mile and a half around the perimeter of the parks, passing our nearby hotel (in the photo above) on our way.
Soon we were in California Adventure, and the photos started rolling. First Cars Land.
And Paradise Pier.
Then Main Street USA.
And then on through Fantasyland!
And finally, in through Downtown Disney and to the finish line. It was about this point that I heard a little girl yell “Mommy, I see Tinkerbell running!” I almost died.
All in all, a really great race. It was hot and humid (for Cali) but so much fun. This was the first time I had ever stopped for character pictures during a Disney race, and I loved it! Added so much fun to the experience. And Derek was a great running buddy. I think I probably bored him to tears with my chatter, but he was a good sport about it! One half of Dumbo down, one to go!