I signed up for the Inaugural runDisney Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. This was a new event to 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. runDisney added a 10k to the weekend and if you signed up for Dumbo that meant that you ran the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.
I set my alarm for 4:15am Saturday morning and was out the door by 4:45am. The race didn’t start until 6:15, but the 5k started at 5:30, so I knew there would be congestion getting to the starting area, bag check, etc. I hate feeling rushed in the morning before a race. I dressed up as the White Rabbit since the 10K was Alice in Wonderland themed.
It was a VERY hot humid morning. It was already 79 degrees at 4:45am. I was in corral B for the start and while walking there I passed the finish line near the Disneyland Hotel.
It is always a little weird to walk around dressed up like a crazy person at 4:45 in the morning. If I was anywhere other than Disneyland for a runDisney race it would be quite awkward.
I finally made it to my corral. I spy corral A in front of me!
The first couple miles of the 10K were through the streets around Disneyland. We ran through the convention center area which some of you might recognize from the D23 Expo a couple weeks ago.
We entered California Adventure first and in Cars Land I stopped for a picture with Lightening McQueen and Mater.
We than entered Disneyland again from the backstage in Toontown.
We headed through Fantasyland where I found Alice and the Mad Hatter at mile 5.
Just around the bend from them I found the Queen of Hearts. Off with your head!
I also stumbled upon Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.
Through the castle we ran and than through Frontierland.
My daughter was only half awake, but already in her Princess Sofia costume to greet me.
A big shout out to my BFF April for the sewing assist for my costume and to Sparkle Athletic for the sparkle sleeves and the the sparkle skirt. I would also like to thank my beautiful daughter Lily for letting me borrow her bunny ears 😉
I would also like to say that I LOVED those of you that recognized me and came up and said hi. It was so fun meeting some of you. I am PAINFULLY shy, so I love when people come say hi.
After the 10K we had my daughter’s kids race at 10am and than spent the day in the parks. The next morning was an early one again for the Disneyland Half. Look for all of that in the coming posts.
Did you run the Disneyland 10K?