My day started at 3:00 am in the pitch-dark morning and ended with my accomplishment of crossing that fourth and final finish line on Sunday.
This is the third Dopey Challenge that I completed. My first Dopey was run in 2020. I was 50 years old. Back then, my goal was to become a Dopey streaker, running it every year. Today, it is still my goal. Cheers to my Dopey Completions, 2020, 2022, and 2023! (Note 2021 was canceled because of Covid.) A Dopey Challenge is always a magical event and an amazing experience. If you know me, The Disney Marathon Event is my favorite weekend. It’s all about the runners, energy, camaraderie, experience, and having fun.
I gave this 48.6-mile event all my effort, both mentally and physically. In the last segment of the challenge, I pushed through the pain, fatigue, and self-doubt to make my dream come true again. I am proud to be a finisher of Three Dopeys’. Who wants to join me next year for number 4?
These Dopey Challenges are a mark in time for me. I am 53 years old and still married to my spouse Ed for 28 years. My granddaughter Sarah will be three in May. My oldest daughter Carrie and John McNamara are proud parents. My youngest daughter Izzy is developing into a kind adult. She is dating a very nice gentleman named Bobby. We are all in good health and I am super thankful for all the blessings in my life.
In closing, I am blessed to be able to run freely without any complications. You can’t just pick up a Dopey Medal at the finish line, you must earn it. This race closes out my training season. I will be taking a break from running to prevent burnout during the rest of January, February, and March. See you on the road this spring.