Latest reviews by Michael Pappas

(2020)
"WHAT A WEEKEND"
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It's Disney, so you know its going to be a good time! Last year I only ran the half marathon and decided... at the finish line... that I wanted to run Dopey the next year! I have this listed as the marathon review, but only because there was no option for reviewing all 4! For the 5k and the 10k races its pretty much a straight shot through Epcot, which was really cool since there's the added bonus of character spots to take pictures with, the difference being the 10k will take you on an outer loop towards the boardwalk, and then back in for the remainder to finish the race! The half brings you on a larger course, if you can believe it haha. Start out in Epcot and continue along the highways until you reach Magic Kingdom, running down Main Street, into tomorrow and frontier land and out back through the castle. Truly Magical! You finish the race by coming back into Epcot, which I may add has the only 3 inclines in the race, and I remembered from last year that they really hurt my good ankle (previous injury on the other that I'm surprised didn't get aggravated by it) but I knew for this race and the marathon (which I knew I would encounter it again) I had to walk up them. The marathon was the crowning moment. After everything, this was what I had been training for! Beginning in Epcot (as usual) making our way up the highway miles til we reach the castle again! Out and around to Animal Kingdom, into Blizzard Beach, quickly through Hollywood Studios and back to Epcot for the finish! What a rush!!!

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(2019)
"The 100 year race!"
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What a day! The weather was beautiful, and the race swag was a pair of gloves, which was a godsend for my ever cold hands! The course was two loops of Central Park, minus Harlem hill, so thank you for that one race planners! So many water stops throughout, which was awesome! The hills that were involved are the 3 sisters and cat hill, which aren't TOO bad when you think comparatively (cough, Harlem Hill, cough) all in all it was a great way to celebrate the 100th birthday in memory of Ted Corbitt!

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(2019)
"What an experience!!"
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To say this was fun would be an understatement! The sights, the sounds, the crowds! It’s still settling in that this was something I got the opportunity to do! I got to train for the last few months in anticipation of the big day! I know it’s going to sound silly, but if you’re going to do this race, you need to train on hills for sure, since these bridges will knock your knees out!!

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