|Before the Fun Run 5k dressed as Elsa from Frozen|
The WDW Fun Run 5K was the first leg of the Dopey Challenge! There were 7,000 Dopey runners in a field of 10,000 runners. I was placed in Corral B for the 5k and the 10k. Both of these races shared a bib if you were registered for the Dopey Challenge. The bib was chipped, but it was unclear to me if they were really going to be timing us. I had never run a runDisney 5k where they timed the runners. I don't think the other 3,000 runners who were running the 5k and were not Dopey had a timing chip on their bibs.
Anyway...I really did not think much of it and ran the race with a total disregard for my finishing time. That was until another runner reminded me that Dopey runners were supposed to maintain at least a 16 minute pace. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you think about it, I had already blown the 16 minute pace after waiting 20 plus minutes in the Dopey character line. I calculated that if I ran flat out from Remy in France to the finish I would still exceed the 16 minute pace. So I reassured myself that runDisney would not disqualify all those Dopey runners who waited to see him and I enjoyed the rest of my slowest 5k ever!
|Runners waiting for Dopey |
(the line went all the way across the front of Germany
from left to right)
|Does pace matter? |
I asked the rats, but they did not know!
Neither did any of the Dopey runners in line waiting for pictures.
Competative 5ks? At Disney?
@LoveDisneyRun @runDisney is it possible to run a competitive race? They call it a "fun run" and I have heard its not timed.
Well for the first time ever a runDisney 5k was timed, but only because it was part of the Dopey Challenge. There are only 5k times listed for the Dopey Challengers WDW Marathon weekend. There are no 5k times listed for other runners at either WDW Marathon Weekend or subsequently at Tinkerbell weekend. So I would say runDisney intends to continue with their un-timed 5Ks. That said, you can certainly qualify for Corral A with a great qualifying time and run your race from the start of the corral. You will find wide open running from the front and the course is gun timed.
Characters on the course:
The only characters that I passed on were Flik and Princess Atta. They were out between the parking lot and the back entrance to Epcot. They have never had character's outside of Epcot on a 5k course that I am aware of so I was caught off guard not even looking. I thought for a brief second about doubling back, but I let them go. All of the other characters are pictured above.
Amanda Nichols Bumm Do you make all your running costumes? They are just great!
For the love of Disney running I do Amanda! They are functional and fun! Thanks!
Amanda Nichols Bumm Do you use a pattern or just free style it? I loved your Elsa too!
For the love of Disney running I use a favorite running dress that I bought as a pattern for the base and then I let my creative side run wild! My Elsa was just a long version of the running dress with slits up above the knees on the sides. The sparkle overlay is just one large square of fabric cut into 2 triangles. The front triangle was safety pinned to the top of my bra in the center and at the sides of my bra to create a bodice effect. The back triangle was pinned at my shoulders to give a draping cape effect. Other runners told me the shimmer could be seen at quite some distance.