- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Other
- Road Race
As a lifelong Disney fan, this race had long been on my bucket list. I dreamed of the day I would run down main street and in 2018, I finally got my chance as part of the Goofy Challenge! I must say, the race exceeded my expectations and fully lived up to my wildest dreams.
Starting from the moment I picked up my bib at the expo, I was immersed in pure magic. The volunteers and staff members all seemed genuinely excited and were kind and well informed. The expo was full of great vendors, unique merchandise, and even fun photo ops! I could have easily spent more time there and would plan for at least a half day in the future. There is so much to see and do and so many freebies!
Race morning is always hectic and Disney is no different. The weather was bitterly cold and the wake up call comes extremely early. However, Disney does a great job with on site transportation to the starting line and has very clear instructions for those who drive in. Once you are in the corrals, surrounded by your fellow runners, the emcees and DJs do a great job keeping you entertained with fun trivia, interviews, and music. There are characters too! Each corral goes off to a small fireworks show!!
Once on course, Disney provides constant entertainment and support. I have nothing bad to say! Sometimes character lines can be long, so pick and choose who to see. I made it a point to see the more unique characters but skipped those that are usually available in park.
Running down Main Street was the most magical moment of my life. Even the parts of the race that were less scenic, had some type of entertainment or something to look forward to. The last mile around Epcot was so emotional and had the perfect music. Crossing that finish line, receiving my beautiful Medal, and one of a kind ears, was one of the best memories I will ever have.
I will say that this may not be a race for those who want to go fast. This is the friendliest race around and there are many new runners on course. It's great to chat for a few miles and hear everyone's stories.
This is an expensive race and the vacation itself to even come to the race is usually a tremendous investment. However, if you are a Disney Fan- it's a must do. Flawless race management, once in a lifetime course, gorgeous medal, and quality race swag make this a MUST DO!
To all who come to this Happy RACE, Welcome!