Fun race, especially for the first-timer... (about: 2000)|
Charles Wait from Houston, TX (6/2/00)
Yes, you have to leave your room @ 3:30-4:00 to make the 6:00 start, but who sleeps well before a race anyway. It?s a fun race that moves through the 4 WDW parks. The course is flat and smooth on asphalt roads between the parks and concrete in and around the parks. The course and theme are revised annually but the course generally proceeds from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Wide World of Sports, MGM and back through Epcot. There are areas where the crowds are thin outside the parks so beware of the emotional let down in those areas. Disney does provide music and volunteers in these areas so it?s not really all that bad. The course stays open for 7 hours making it a great race for the first-timer and for run/walkers.
The organization is excellent (It?s Disney, the experts in organizing crowds) and as a result food and water (about every mile) are plentiful along the course. Clocks are also located at every mile along the course. As with most southern/winter races the weather is unpredictable so pack for the extremes. Temperatures can range from below 30 to above 75 with high humidity. (Year 2000 started at 56F in the fog and increased to 78F for the end of the race).
The Expo was rather small considering the size and magnitude of the event. The speakers at the Expo were good! I stayed on-site and the transportation to and from the Expo and Race was good. My wife did have a few logistics problems with race day transportation after the race started. A car may have helped.
I plan my year around making this race. It makes a great family vacation and where else can big kids run a race and high-five Mickey and the same time!