Latest reviews by Aime Perrin

(2019)
"13.1 magical miles 🏰 "
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I signed up to the 36k challenge, so I completed the 5k and and the 10k prior to the half. This was my first half marathon and I was aching by race morning but I was super excited to see what the race would bring today. I only got 1 character stop by this point so was keen to get some more. I set off in coral D so approximately set off around about 45min to an hour after the first wave. The races started at 7am. They had characters at the start wishing you well from the tannoy.
Along the course there were lots of character, this time however the lines were more varied, some with no line, some with still very long lines, maybe people doing the half just wanted to get a time or maybe it was because some of the characters were the same as the previous races, but this worked out well for me. The first part of the race takes you through both parks with character stops and of course that beautiful castle. With opportunity for a PhotoPass castle shot. What would have been better is if the photographer took a series of shots as I tried a jump shot but they literally took one picture, something maybe that could be considered for future races. There were cast members out on the course cheering and clapping you on. Just note that not all character or photo opportunity points had a photographer so take a phone or something you can ask someone to take with your phone for you. There is music playing around the park and generally a feel good atmosphere. There were wrist bands for cheer squad to come into Main Street but they ran out at the expo so quickly so if you have cheer squad coming and you want them there defo get in early. Once you leave the park you go out into the french villages, it’s very picturesque and the mile markers continue. There are no characters out but there a local bands, cheerleaders, there was a Dj and break dancers out playing music and keeping you entertained. The locals also came out to cheer and from their houses. This does seem like a long stretch as the course does eventually go back on itself and I feel like that’s when I realised I was actually running a half marathon. The last 5k took us around the back of the hotels and down the stretch towards Newport bay hotel and back up the other side of the lake, I got to 19k and my mum and dad were standing there ready to push me the last couple of km. the last 2km took you back into the back of the Stuidos park and the finish was near Tower of Terror. The medal was gorgeous. If doing the 31k or 36k you had to go back to the expo to collect your challenge medals. There was a photo pass photographer at the end and was happy to take one with family in it to. It was my slowest but most exciting half marathon. I can’t wait to do it again next year. The course again is relatively flat all the way around, again I can’t comment on parking as I didn’t use this service. I stayed at Sequoia Lodge and this was about a 10min walk to the expo and start line :)

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(2018)
"Magical 10k "
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The 10k was my favourite race of the weekend. Starting early morning is coral D. The 10k gave opportunity to run through both parks in the day time. There were quite a lot of character stops. I only stopped at the Cheshire Cat, the queues again were pretty long and being my first Disney race weekend I was anxious to stay in the time, I now know I probably could have afforded a another stop or 2 if not more. Still, running the castle was beautiful, I was so distracted by my surroundings that it really didn’t feel like I was actually running a 10k. Again all the race was pretty much flat. The Mile markers are good photo stops with a fair number of photo pass cameras on the course. I have to say when I got my photos I was a little disappointed there wasn’t more. So more photographers out on the course and with the characters would be great for future races. A good number of water a Powerade stops for the distance. Again lots of cast members cheering. Spectators could watch in the parks at certain points but needed a wrist band for access which were all gone when we went to the expo.
The expo bib pick up in general was hassle free. Quite limited on merchandise variety, again something to build on for future races. The medal again was fun and huge. Big thumbs up from me

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(2018)
"Fun night time 5k"
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We had a great time at the weekend. My mum and I completed the 5k together
We took a slow jog so as to take in the race. As it was a night time race in September of course it was dark so scenery was somewhat limited in palaces. But! We got to though the Disney parks and there were characters out in the course from the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers (the race medal was Thanos) however the lines were so long we didn’t stop for photos with the characters on this race. I think because it was such a short distance and there was maybe 4 character stops (with various character switching in and out) there was a lot of build up for the lines. It probably didn’t help that we also set off i the 2nd to last coral. So more character stops would be better to try and spears people out. It is a flat race and I haven’t commented on parking as we stayed in the hotel onsite so this wasn’t something I experienced. But overall it was great fun, music on the way round, cast members cheering you on and spots for spectators. The medal is awesome! Can’t wait to go again this year.

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