Things that are Dopey Challenge Day 1: Pluto 5k
We picked up all of our race packets up on Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located on Disney property. We had 2 sets of bibs, one for the 5k and 10k and the other for the half and full marathon. You could tell who had signed up for Dopey Challenge, Goofy, and just the regular races by their bib colors and the picture on their bibs. Ours all had Dopey on them.
Thursday morning we had an early wake up call of 3:30am, and the race started at 6:00am. Since it was so early we didn’t bother getting our spouses up to go to the race because it was a 5k and they wouldn’t be able to see us running.
A side note: I started fertility injections Wednesday, and had to take my drugs with me to the race each day and give myself injections each and every day. So my friends got to watch and help every morning at around 5:00am. P.S. The RE told me I could run while being on injections, the cut off date for stopping high intensity exercise was set for 1/15/16.
There were 20,000 people who signed up to run the 5k, or participate in the Dopey Challenge (which includes the 5k).
We had to be in our corral around 5:30am (we didn’t get into our corral until 5:45 and were towards the back of our corral). It also was a 20 minute drive from where we stayed at – which if there ever is a next time I hope we can stay closer to Disney property, so we don’t have to be up so darn early.
All 4 races started and finished at Epcot. Thankfully we never had any issues with parking aside from me getting lost trying to find the parking lot for the 5k. The GPS was taking me to actual Epcot instead of the parking lots for Epcot. There is a difference, you must know that.
It was about 50-60 degrees outside, for this race. Which once you start running its a lot warmer, and is great running weather, seriously the best.
All 4 of us were not in it for the race times we were there to, have fun, take pictures and complete the challenge in one piece (no injuries or accidents). We dressed up in costumes, and were “super heros,” but Shelly didn’t get the memo that Super Man is in the DC universe not Marvel (thank you Chase for keeping me straight). We had Flash, Captain America, Iron Man, and Super Man/Woman.
We were in corral B, and we started about 15-30 minutes after the first corral started. They started each corral with fireworks. I dig that!
The first characters we saw while running were Chip and Dale (I could tell it was them running up to them with their theme music playing). We decided not to stop for them, and kept on running.
And TONS of tables with water and powerade
A volunteer took a picture for us
Next we saw Marie (I think) from The AristoCats, and we didn’t want to stop and take a picture with her. Then we saw Stitch and stopped and took a picture, at that point we were almost done the race.
We ran around Spaceship Earth, which was all lit up and pretty.
We finished the 5k (my watch said 3.41 miles) in 1:01:52. That was the longest 5k I have ever run before. We also needed to take it easy for the next 3 days of racing to come.
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