My second 5K was the Mickey and Minnie Royal Family 5K on February 23,2013; part of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World! Not only was it an amazing race, it was also a great opportunity for my first trip to WDW!
This race was probably hands down my favorite, because on top of not getting as bogged down at each kilometer mark with color throws (like I did at the Color Run), we got cute little medals, there was an expo, and we got to run through Epcot!
Because we stayed at one of the Walt Disney World resorts, we got to take advantage of the free transportation both to and from the expo and the race!
When we got inside I was awestruck at how big the building was and pumped to pick up our numbers and shirts!
On the other side of the registration kiosks there were all kinds of merchandise tables, selling SPIbelts (of which we each got one), running shoes, insoles, gel packs, t-shirts, official merchandise, Sweaty Bands (of which I got two), themed skirts, headphones, and more!
Luna Bars also had a stand there, where they were providing signs to decorate for the spectators on race day! I decided to make one anyway, even though I couldn’t really use it.
After the expo we went to take a pre-emptive look at Epcot so that the next day when we were running through it I wouldn’t want to stop and look at everything because it was new and exciting.
The next morning we woke up at the crack of dawn and got decked out in our new gear and our tiaras! (Which I specially bought for the event, Amazon has some awesome selections for $15!)
We bussed our way over to the starting gate at the Epcot parking lot, hit up the porta potties, and had just enough time to get into the right corral before they closed off the entrance. (They were counting down from 10 and we had to make a dash for it! Talk about an impromptu warm up!)
We were in the slowest corral, which kind of turned out to be a mistake, since there was a lot of bottlenecking and walking – which kind of impeded our progress.
But, the goal was to run the minimum speed requirement – 16:00 mins/mile, and I’m happy to report that we came in at 15:50 mins/mile, even with the scenery and getting bogged down with congestion!
When we got in line to take our pictures after the race, we ended up behind a woman whose shirt had kept me going throughout the race!
After we got our medals and took our pictures, we stopped by the tent where they were handing out post-race snack boxes!
On our way out of the photography area, we passed the medal racks and I snapped this pic to give an idea of how many people finished before us.
If you’ve never done a Disney race before and can afford one, I can’t even begin to say how highly I recommend it! What could be better than a great run through the happiest place on Earth? I’m definitely putting one of the half marathons on my list for 2014!
Interested in running a RunDisney race? Check out their website! (Though be warned, they sell out FAST!)
And a bonus post-race shot of me and my favorite Mickey and Friends member at the hotel pool!