|Hard to tell because it's so dark, but this is the view back at the corrals.|
Then, it was finally time to get started. They announced the beginning of the corral, we started moving, and then we were stopped. I thought it was a glitch, but I've heard others say that they staggered the corrals (like they did for the 5k and 10k) to help with the congestion. The delay wasn't long though, and then we were off! Once again, I didn't take a lot (okay, any) pictures along the way or stop for characters. Even beginning in the early corrals, the lines are long to get these photo ops! Some day I may have to try it .... maybe.
We traveled from Epcot up to the Magic Kingdom (my favorite part). There's just something really special about coming in and running up Main Street, then winding your way through the park. It was so well timed having several Beauty and the Beast characters right before you ran through the castle. That's maybe the best photo op of the race - either that or with Spaceship Earth in the background. When you leave Magic Kingdom, you begin the long trek back to Epcot. By this time, the sun was out and I was so glad I brought along my sunglasses!
I even met a fellow Perfect Princess along the way! It was a beautiful day - great day for a run. I didn't have any kind of spectacular time, but I trucked along, enjoyed the scenery and just BEING in Disney, and had some fun conversations along the way with other runners. We talked about running, Disney, and all of the recent runDisney changes. And then before I knew it, it was over! I collected my medals and my snacks and headed back towards the bus to get a much needed shower and a nap!
I have to admit that I'm still not happy with this half marathon medal. I realize that runDisney has been changing a lot of things, including medal designs. I get that. I just don't like this one. It feels plain and has a distinct lack of princess sparkle. But all in all, it was a good haul!
The Bottom Line:
Run This Race If: You love Disney, Princesses, dressing up to race and/or are looking for a magical and entertaining half marathon.
Course: Loop course (for the most part), on mostly paved roads with a few different surface materials when you get into the parks.
What Makes It Unique: It's Disney. And Princesses. Did I mention the Disney Princesses?
Cost: Pricey ($195 for the Half Marathon alone and $340 for the Challenge)
Would I do It Again: Already registered! This Perfect Princesses is keeping her hands on that crown!