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A Better Course for runDisney 10K Races at Walt Disney World

I’m not impressed with the current 10K race course at Walt Disney World.  After running my first 10K in Disneyland on the BEST race course I’ve ever run, I was incredibly disappointed when I saw what WDW had in store for their 10Ks.  When I actually ran the course in February during the Glass Slipper Challenge, it was exactly what I had expected…boooooooring for the first half and then fun for the second half.  For someone who always struggles through the first few miles, this long stretch of road on Epcot Center Drive was the worst thing.


With Disney’s Hollywood Studios being so close to Epcot, I wondered why couldn’t this race go through both parks?  Was it too far?  So I headed over to Map My Run to see if it might be possible, and guess what??  It is!


Look at that…same start and finish line in the Epcot parking lot, but with a run through TWO parks.  It works perfectly!  Let’s check it out…

The first mile is the same as the current course as we head out East through the Epcot gates, but instead of making that sharp right onto Epcot Center Drive, we go left and head South on World Drive for about one mile.  I’ll admit, the first 2 miles or so are still pretty crappy, but the good news is that we are now entering the Studios at mile 2.5!

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We enter backstage behind The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and we enter the park next to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (similar to the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Course).  We run up Sunset Boulevard, down Pixar place, up the Streets of America and then back down Hollywood Boulevard to the park exit.  That’s just about a mile in the park!  So instead of entering your first (and only) park at 3.5 miles, you’ve already been through one and are moving on to your second!


The course will then follow the jogging path down towards the Boardwalk and Crescent Lake.  We will go past the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts and onto the International Gateway to enter World Showcase right at Mile 5.


The final 1.2 miles will be spent in Epcot rounding World Showcase Lagoon (in the opposite direction from the current course), through Future World and back out into the parking lot for the finish!


This course is exactly 6.2 miles and in my opinion MUCH more entertaining!

Will it cause some additional traffic problems on World Drive and Buena Vista Drive?  Probably.  But because it is a 10K, all the runners should be off of those roads by 7:00 am at the very latest…plenty of time before any of the parks open.

Will it be more costly to have to staff two parks for the race instead of one?  Sure.  But seriously, with all the money they are now charging for these races, I think they can probably spare the expense.

What do YOU think?  How do you feel about the current WDW 10K course?  Do you like my course idea? Where would your ideal WDW 10K take you?

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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: April 28, 2013

Well this week has been the complete antithesis of last week.  I started my week in WDW celebrating Animal Kingdom’s 15th anniversary and spending time with with my best friends.  I even had my first, but certainly NOT last, Lapu Lapu!

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Yes travel is hard for me, but it is worth it for these experiences.  Life is too short to miss out on the things that you truly love.  And let’s be honest, that’s why they make anti-anxiety drugs…to help us fly right?? 🙂

While I had a great few days in WDW, I really missed B and my kids.  I mean how could you not miss this?!?

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As much as I miss WDW, I’m very happy to be home.  I love my family so much and even when I’m in my favorite place on the planet, I miss them more than anything and can’t wait to get home.

Moving on to less sappy things, I’m sure you’ve seen the big news that came from runDisney this week about Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  In 2014, there will be a new 10K and the Glass Slipper Challenge, along with an awesomely pink Coast-to-Coast medal if you complete both the Tinker Bell and Princess Half Marathons.

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Much of this has been covered on RAD this week, but there have been some other really fun things as well!  Check it out:

And let’s not forget about all of the RAD Reads from around the internets…

Running & Fitness Posts
Back at Square Zero makes a delicious looking Marathon Mix.  Great for races and road trips!

Pavement Runner recaps the Lake Sonoma 50.  Simply amazing…

Journey of a Dreamer checks in with her 3-week progress doing Whole 30.  The results are amazing and I can’t wait to give this program a try.

The Sweet Life talks about running out of a rut…my constant struggle.

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog share their top 14 salty-sweet Disney eats.  My all time favorite combo!

Mouse on the Mind and This Happy Place Blog play another game of Kill-Referb-Marry, this time in Animal Kingdom.  Estelle talks attractions, while Melissa talks eats…make sure to check both out!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free in WDW visits Sanaa for a great meal and finds out about some new menu changes.

Eating WDW reports on the new menu at Sanaa later in the week.  I’m very sad that the short ribs are now gone 🙁

Weekly Review
Well it’s been a lackluster week in the world of fitness, but I got at least one KILLER WOD in, so I’m happy with that.  Here are my lackluster workouts for the week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 mile walk around Epcot
Tuesday: 2 mile walk around DHS
Wednesday: CrossFit: Total Insanity!
Thursday: Unplanned rest dues to the Yankee Game
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Clearly I need to get my ass in gear for the Long Branch Half Marathon I’m running next weekend.  I’m really excited for this race because not only is it a flat, fast course, but the finish line is right where B & I got married…super cool!  Knowing that he’ll be at the finish line will get me through the race…looking forward to that photo.  We will surely look very different from our wedding day 😉

The goal for this week is 3 days of CrossFit, 1 short run and then the half marathon on Sunday.  Let’s do this!!

Do you prefer to travel or stay at home?

New 10K Race Added to Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend


Well if I was debating on heading out to Disneyland this year for the Disneyland Half Marathon, this news just sealed the deal!  runDisney announced today that they will be adding a 10K to the lineup during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. The race will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 and will take runners through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the streets of Anaheim. Take a look at the official invite:

And to make this news even more exciting, runners will have the opportunity to sign up for the Dumbo Double Dare, which includes both the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday!  Finishers will receive a special medal upon completing both events on top of the individual medals for both races.  I’m planning on completing the Coast to Coast Challenge that weekend, so I will be leaving California with 4 shiny new medals!!

Here is the official press release:



Runners Can Double Their Effort With Dumbo Double Dare; Race Registration Opens Next Month

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (Dec. 19, 2012) – The Happiest Race on Earth is getting a little happier starting next year.  The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is expanding to include the Disneyland 10K at Disneyland Resort in California, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2013.

The new 10K race, the latest in the popular runDisney series, will be a timed event and will take runners through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the streets of Anaheim.  Each finisher will receive a specially designed commemorative finisher medal.  Runners looking for an extra challenge can register for the Dumbo Double Dare, which involves running the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total).  The limited number of participants who sign up for the Dumbo Double Dare will receive a Dumbo Double Dare running shirt and a special finisher medal, in addition to the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.

The Disneyland 10K builds on the weekend of races and entertainment geared toward families and runners of all levels.  In addition to the 10K, the weekend of events include the Kids Races, the Family Fun Run 5K, the Half Marathon and a two-day Health and Fitness Expo where guests can check out the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets, plus learn from speakers such as runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutrition consultant Tara Gidus and former Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton.  Runners and guests can add to their race weekend experience by purchasing tickets to a Pasta in the Park Party.

“The 10K distance is the third most popular distance for runners next to the 5K and half marathon, so this race weekend will have it all,” said Manager, runDisney Events Kathleen Duran.  “We are excited to continue to add different distance races so runners at every level can experience a runDisney event and run through Disney theme parks.”

Registration opens for all Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races on Jan. 22, 2013.  Last year’s half marathon sold out in a little more than a month.  For more information about the race weekend and other runDisney events, go to


Are you excited about this new race?  Will you be doing the Dumbo Double?