Oh, I just love Disney Races! The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend has always been one of my favorite races. Each Disney Race I run, it always feels like a joyous running celebration. Disney Characters, marching bands and D.J.’s along the course is always a positive moment for me. These events always put a smile on my face.
This weekend, I headed to Orlando, to run the Disney Princess Half-Marathon. My plan was to spend one night at Old Key West and then head home soon after the race. I arrived mid-morning Saturday and headed to the Running Sport Expo to pick up my number. After the Expo, I checked into the Old Key West Resort, enjoyed an early pasta dinner and was in bed by 9 pm for a 2:45 am wake-up call.
The next morning, at 3:30am. I was on the Disney resort bus to the staging area. When I arrived, I headed over to the Race VIP Indoor Retreat (a prior purchase package) to sit down and have some fruit, coffee, pastries and to stay warm until race time.
The race started at 5:30 am on a side road near the Epcot parking lot. About half hour later my corral was sent on our way.
We all headed on World Drive towards the Magic Kingdom.
We passed the monorail and the Magic Kingdom sign, and then we were at the Magic Kingdom.
My favorite part of the course!
We ran through the entrance and down Main Street, USA.
We took a right turn into Tomorrow Land, passed the Laugh Floor, Buzz Lightyear, and into Fantasy Land. We ran by the Carousel and the Dumbo ride.
Next stop, running through Cinderella ‘s Castle. I love seeing the castle all lit up!
The course then made its way through Liberty Square, Frontier Land and then on the way back to the Epcot for the finish.
Once I arrived in Epcot, I ran past Space Ship Earth and then out an employee gate to the finish line.
A volunteer placed a medal around my neck and then I grabbed some water, Gatorade and snacks and headed back to Old Key West to shower and head home.