You know I wasn’t going back to the Princess this year, then they announced the Enchanted 10k and the Glass Slipper Challenge. runDisney KNOWS how to pull you right back. And why not, the races are fun and in one of my favorite locations, its hard to say no. So I found myself getting up at 2:45 on Saturday February 22nd to to run the Enchanted 10k as part of runDisney’s Glass Slipper Challenge with my DisBroad friends. I was wondering how I would like the course and if the characters and scenes along the way were as meh as people I had heard talking about the Minnie 10k in January which is the same course. Plus a NEW medal, its so pretty too.
I have been wanting to dress as Mary Poppins for a race for a while. Of course the decision was, ‘Jolly Holiday Mary’ or ‘Carpet Bag Mary’. I was leaning towards Mary in black, because well sweaty in all white does NOT appeal to me – really, NO one needs to see that, and then I saw this photo:
|Photo source Disney.wikia.com|
Voila, spoonful of sugar Mary was born! The DisBroads had decided on a Poppins Posse theme so I fit in: we had 2 Marys, Chimney Sweeps, Mrs Banks and one of the Domestics. Really our running attire for our group came together quite nicely.
|In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun – Mary Poppins – and well ME in any race!
Thanks Bonnie for the photo!
Honestly, I have NO idea how Tania our Domestic could run in her dress….it had a slip built in and everything. Plus she had on her husband’s work shirt and a full apron. Not to mention her head was covered – don’t try this at home kids her race outfit was heavy and hot. That girl goes ALL OUT for costumes.
As we walked to the start corrals, other runners were commenting on our group costumes, especially those lucky as lucky can be sweeps. We even got applause, NOT KIDDING. Felt like a rock star which is always fun.
It was a delightful 97% humidity in the 70’s with zero breeze. Ick. Luckily it was cloudy, so we didn’t have to deal with the sun beating down on us.
As we all waited in Corral C, we were underwhelmed by the music. I think the fact we had gotten up so early and would be again the next day had us kind of funky. I do believe the humidity had zapped our enthusiasm but at least we were in it together – all the DisBroads would run together was the plan. I am always so grateful to my faster friends who want to hang back with me and my slower pace, and of course I always feel guilty too, but truth be told its more fun to run with friends at Disney – though solo is fun too.
We took off on the race and it was packed the first couple of miles. We were running intervals used our best runners etiquette – no we were NOT running 9 across, we really tried to use our best manners. I did get a “Beep Beep” from a random enchanted runner…which I was wondering what do you want me to do cuz I can’t speed up. Passing on left? Passing on right? Princess, I need specifics to move out of your way!
The first part of the course is rather lacking, but they had some characters along the way for photo ops including the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and Pocahontas and Meeko. We decided not to stop. I will say I loved it when we passed under this overpass which contained Elsa from Frozen and SNOW! Yes it was snowing….OK DISNEY snow, which is soap. It was really impressive but I do wonder if the road got slick.
|Guess what song was playing….Um the Oscar Winning “LET IT GO” of course!
Thanks April for the photo!
Some point after this our DisBroads group split up – we slower peeps told the fasters, that we would look for them in Epcot for some photos. Patty and I enjoyed our slow pace of intervals and it was nice to feel like we were not holding anyone back.
Shortly before Epcot they had the Christmas Parade Babes In Toyland Soldiers for photos…while I thought interesting character, its rare photo op for sure….even still, we passed, but here’s Patty’s photo of a random Minnie.
|Enchanted Toys thanks for the Photo Patty|
Entering Epcot – I request next year someone roll away the trash cans for a moment, um kay? Not so magical, but hey its backstage and not as glamorous as the World showcase. I have not done a race through Epcot’s World Showcase before and entering into the world, did NOT disappoint – WHAT A VIEW and by this point the crowds had thinned out so I didn’t feel packed.
|Thanks Amy for the Photo, just gorgeous.|
Of course Amy’s photo shows a darker Epcot, by the time Patty and I got it was getting lighter. We thought our friend sister suffragette Tania had an amazing commitment to her costume and then we saw this dude who was running with a Merida…. as a bear, in a fur coat. DUDE!
Patty and I decided to hit the Bathrooms at the American Pavilion – which was a walk back to the potties but no wait and you know we were taking our own sweet time, cuz um it was hot and we had a half marathon the next day. When we came out we decided to get a photo with our favorite bayou trumpet playing gator Louis, a shot so good, we ended up on the runDisney photos Facebook photos on their page.
We passed by Marie the Aristocat in France and decided to pass on it and just enjoy some fun photos with very few people in Epcot – truly a GREAT benefit of running the race. You plan the right spots and it looks like you are alone in the park.
|Just Chillin’ with my robin and photo sharing buddy Patty|
Props people, you gonna dress in costume, find a fun prop like my robin or Patty’s chimney brush. Its the details I tell ya. We were getting lots of positive feedback on our attire.
We came across the speedier DisBroads in the Goofy line, so we all jumped in for the group photo.
|Not DisBroad had shed a layer, quite impressive. Thanks Suzanne for this shot, since Maratahon Photo can’t seem to find it.|
The speedier DisBroads ran on, really I did not want to hold back the fully clothed runners back, and Patty and I just kept on going nice and easy. Leaving Epcot was a bummer, but I was happy to get my photos in the UK.
|Am I sweating or WHAT?|
Sadly it was time to leave the World Showcase and I am telling you, I LOVED running through it. But in the spirit of racing with your bestie, we stopped for a shot with the Friendship Boats.
|BRF’s I tell ya, we get eachother on the course. Thanks for the fun Patty!|
We hit the boardwalk area stopping to enjoy the beautiful morning vistas – and yes, runners were stopping in the Boardwalk Bakery for some treats. I was happy to run into The Pavement Princess Ashley and Maggie one of my twitter friends too…thanks for saying Hello! Can you believe Ashley had never stopped for character photos before? Well – not this race, she found the photo love.
|Patty and I beachside thinking about Dance Hall Days and our Wang Chung Fun times.|
We entered Epcot again, this time down by the Big Ball, Spaceship Earth. Donald was out so I got a photo with him and my bird. It was nice because it started to sprinkle JUST a little so that was cooling.
|Me with a couple of birds.|
Patty and I finished crossed the finish with Running Happily Ever After’s Walter and Monica. Its fun chatting with your internet racing buds during a race. When Marathonfoto has a sale, we got a GREAT finish pic.
Got my medal and it was a wrap.
I give this race high marks – truly practically perfect in every way. I do think though they should have had a water stop before mile 2 – especially because it was just SO humid and hot. The start was VERY organized, corrals too. The volunteers – as always super friendly too. Sure, at the beginning it was crowded, but spacing out the corrals by 10 minutes helped I think. Kudos to runDisney on the inaugural Enchanted 10k – I liked it alot.
While not my favorites and I did not stop for all the characters, I do think for a 6.2 mile race they offered plenty of character photo ops. The lines were kind of long, but hey they moved. Note, for the Tiana photo op, I only got a pic of Louis – we went by him to go to the bathrooms and it was Tiana and Louis, then he was alone when we came out, hey shorter line though.
I like the 10k Distance and while the front part of the course was kind of blah, hey it was still dark out there and I LOVED the end of the race. Love my shirt and medal too!
|2014 Inaugural Enchanted 10k Race Shirt and Medal|
Special thanks to my friends who let me use photos from the race course, you know cuz um I forgot my camera at home and well my phone stinks! Thanks to Bonnie, April, Amy, Suzanne and Patty for the photos.
To see how I did on the Princess Half portion of the challenge:
Did you run the Inaugural Enchanted 10k? How does this race look to you? Would you run a 10k at Disney?
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