Race Date: January 10, 2016
Weather: Chilly start but warm at the finish
Course: Flat as a pancake
Run Again: Probably. Because I am a sucker
This was my third Disney Marathon race, so suffice to say that I am a sucker for magic-laced Mickey Mouse goodness. I haven’t completely drunk the Disney punch. But I do love how much my girls love this place. And if I can combine a marathon with an amazing experience for them, I am game.
As far as logistics go, you would be hard pressed to find a more expensive race without leaving in the country. Well maybe New York. But at least with the NYC marathon, you can keep the food costs down by carb loading with pizza and bagels. You can still chow on pizza and bagels in Disney, but they will be Mickey-shaped and cost a fortune.
The logistics at this race, and really any Disney race, are flawless. From the enormous expo to the lineup of buses that take you to the starting area, Disney knows what they are doing when it comes to shuffling people through the lines. But do expect to find some Disney-sized lines everywhere you go. Just getting back and forth to the expo takes a better portion of the day after you wait in line for the bus, ride to the Convention Center, stand in line to wait for your bib, stand in another line to pick up your t-shirt, wait for another bus, and make your way back to your hotel to drop your stuff.
That said, the race itself is pretty darned fun, even considering the fact that you have to get up around 2am so that you can eat and make it outside in time to stand in line for the bus that will take you where you need to go.
But here are some of the things that have made me a repeat Disney-marathon offender – there are fireworks at the start of every single corral. Every single one. And then there are the characters. Even if you decide not to stand in yet another line to get your pic snapped with Captain Jack or Cinderella, it still pretty fun to watch these characters do their stuff. The stretches of the course that run in between the parks can be boring, but in the parks themselves, it is non-stop entertainment. They even have a parade of animals cheering alongside the course in Animal Kingdom.
And I don’t how much you don’t care about Disney, there is nothing quite like running down Main Street of Magic Kingdom and seeing the twinkling lights of Cinderella’s castle up ahead.
I have even more in-depth Disney Marathon race reviews for 2014 and 2015, so if you want more details be sure to check those out.