two. Make sure you use the potty before you get into your corral.
Once you go into your corral, you’re bound to be waiting a while. You may think that things are getting started once corral A starts moving forward, but actually there are still at least 30 minutes of promos, songs, interviews and more before the race begins.
Then they aren’t just going to let all of corral A go, they’re going to send off runners in mini corrals. This allows them to break up the crowds on the course since there are quite a few narrow areas. We were about half way through corral A this year, and we took off in the 4th mini corral. They’ll continue to do this through all of the corrals.
Moral of the story is make sure you go potty or you’re going to have to go as soon as you see one on the course because you will be waiting a while. Use the time to stretch, get excited and just enjoy being part of a runDisney event!
three. This race isn’t timed, so just enjoy yourself and have fun!
Yes, you read that right. It isn’t timed! GASP! How can it be a race if it isn’t timed you ask? Well you still get a race shirt and a finisher medal at the end, so I wouldn’t complain too much. Now that you know the race isn’t timed, there is no reason to try to sprint to the finish. Run with your friends, slow down a bit, enjoy running through Epcot, take character pictures (see more on that below) and try not to get too frustrated with the crowds.
Warning: If you are in a later corral, there will be heavier crowds and longer lines. It can be very frustrating I know! Try to take it in stride and remember that you’re there to have fun.
six. Character stops, just do it!
There are characters throughout the 5K starting around mile 1! **Usually the line for the first character you see is going to be the LONGEST.** People see a stop and want to stop immediately. As you get into Epcot, there will be more and more characters as you run through the countries in the World Showcase. You may even find some rare characters along the way.
If you see a character you just have to have a picture with…STOP! It’s so worth it and the lines move much fast than they do at the parks. Everyone is just jumping in and out of the picture shot, so they can get on with their run. This year Mike and Sully were my picture must have, and the girls waited in a longer line for me!
Character lines go back to the fact that the race isn’t timed! Remember that tip? Standing in line isn’t going to hinder your race time because you’re really only timing yourself. Don’t pass something up that you want to stop for. I’ve done that before and I promise you’ll regret it!
One final character tip, if you don’t have memory maker and want pictures with the characters, bring your phone! There is a cast member with every character waiting to take phones to capture peoples memories!
seven. Smile BIG for that finish line photo!
When you’re crossing the finish line, be sure to strike a pose, grab your friend’s hand, smile really big and act like you love life! There are tons of photographers capturing your finish moments. I mean check out how awesome the Epcot Spaceship Earth ball looks back there!
Tip: Hold your pose or friends hands a little longer than you think you need to. The photographers may not be able to snap you until seconds after you cross the finish line. There are a lot of people after all. This way you can ensure that you’ll get the best shot!
eight. Take lots of post race pictures!
If you see a photographer snapping pictures, have them grab one of you! You’re likely to see wandering photographers right after you get your medals. As you walk through the post race areas, you’ll have a chance to grab some water, Powerade and your post race snack box. Once you get through all of this, there is a post race finishers picture area! If you have memory maker for your trip, grab a picture with one of the many photographers. If you don’t, there are several backdrops set up specifically for people to take their own pictures. Grab another runner and take one for each other! Everyone is friendly and I’m sure they’ll be happy to have someone take theirs as well.
nine. Most of all, be sure to have FUN!
I know I’ve said it throughout this post, but seriously fun is the name of the game when you’re running a Disney 5K. Just enjoy yourself and make the most of the experience. You won’t regret it!
Just like with most races, there are pros and cons to running a runDisney 5K. I hope I’ve been able to relay just how much fun they are, and how to make your experience the best. There are crowds, but that just means more people to have fun with and keep you entertained. There are lines, but that just means you’re waiting on something awesome. There are slow downs, but that gives you the chance to catch your breath and take in your surroundings. With every negative comes a positive. RunDisney has done a wonderful job making these races fun for everyone. They really have got it down to a T. Now all you have to do is get signed up and get out there for one of their many race weekends!
Have you ever run a runDisney race?
If you could, which one would you run?
Next on my list is Wine and Dine…the only race with an after party! And Wine is in its name, need I say more?