2015 Disney Dopey Race Review

Race Date: January 8-11, 2015
Time: 6:41.36
Weather: Chilly at the start
Course: Flat
Run Again: Not the Dopey but Probably the Marathon

So my friend turned 40. And as we runners do with milestone bdays, she decided to celebrate by running not just one, but four races, a 5K, a 10K, a half-marathon, and a marathon ak.a. the Disney Dopey. Of course, as her friend, I was obligated to join her!

If you don’t already know – Disney races can be summed up in a few words: long-lines, deep-wallets, and lots and lots of fun!

I know some people love Disney races enough to make a year out of traveling from the West Coast races back to the East Coast. But for me, the expense of Disney can be a fairly limiting factor. But they are also a great way to celebrate a big birthday. The Dopey race is tough, but totally doable. And you will feel like an absolute rock star carrying all of those medals back home.

My plan for the Dopey was to shoot for a PR in the 5K, then take it easy for the 10K and half, and give whatever I had left for the marathon. This plan was thwarted early on because as far as I could tell, there wasn’t any real rhyme or reason to how people were seeded in the various corrals for the 5K race. So I spent the first few miles side-stepping little kids and walkers. And while I knew I wasn’t going to light the course on fire, I was disappointed that I couldn’t at least give it a good run.

No worries. Disney is a place for families so I’m certainly not going to stew over the fact that there were little kids out there at o’dark-thirty running to the finish line. It’s all good.

The other races all went really well. I took it nice and easy for the 10K. And caught up with my almost-40-year-old friend for a fun and fairly fast half. On marathon day, I joined another friend who was running her first marathon. It’s always exciting to be along for someone’s first. She did a great job and I was just so proud of her for digging deep when it got challenging in those last few miles. She says this race was a one and done for her. We’ll just see about that!