- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Other
- Road Race
The 5K is the starting race for the weekend, and the starting event for the Dopey Challenge. This is one of the larger runDisney 5K's given the Dopey Challenge but it definitely still has that family friendly feel to it!
Expo: The WDW Marathon Weekend Expo is much bigger than anything you'll find at Disneyland, given they have much more space. Exhibitors take up two different locations at Wide World of Sports, and packet pickup/gear pickup is spread between three locations depending on your events. Dopey Challenge participants were able to pick up their bibs and gear in the same building. Once again, challenge runners need to get their picture taken at pickup so they're able to cross reference at the end of the final event.
Swag: You'll get the cotton race s/s shirt, gear bag and a mini Clif Bar. There's plenty of product samples from painkillers to Clif products to bananas from the exhibitors on the floor.
Course: This course is heads straight into Epcot where you'll be popping out into the World Showcase around Norway just over the 1 mile mark. Following the World Showcase around, you'll then head backstage behind United Kingdom then back out in front of Canada, up through to Future World and then around the Imagination/The Land and The Seas with Nemo attractions. Finally it's onto the home straight past Spaceship Earth and to the finish line!
Aid Stations: There were two water stops and one medical tent along the course.
There were plenty of portaloos before the corrals and all restrooms are open in the park.
Atmosphere: There was music being played through the park's speaker system (playing the best of Disney of course) and characters were spread throughout the course.
Post-race: Disney are great for herding runners through the finish line area. Challenge runners do have to go through seperate tents once they've picked up their medal. Food-wise you do get a runner's box full of goodies plus a water (and Powerade if you please).
The Family Reunion area is large, so organise a meet-up before you run (especially if you're international like me and messaging is a crazy amount). The buses to resorts leave from the end of the reunion area, lines were pretty manageable.
This is the first non-Disneyland runDisney 5K that I had experienced. It is definitely a different feel than running down Main Street and around the Castle, but it's still a magical experience. While this event isn't timed, it is still assumed for the 16 minute mile but it's really geared towards families, allowing the younger kids the chance to run a 5K and get an awesome medal!