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RAD Recap for October 12, 2014

Fall is beginning to peak here in Connecticut and the chilly temps are taking hold.  Sweatshirts and scarves are coming out of hiding and I am trying to remain positive about my cold nose and toes.  This weekend I was handed the Northeast Baton as part of The Northeast Bloggers Network.  This is a fun project where a different blogger takes over their Instagram account for a weekend to highlight the different areas in the Northeast that we are from.  It’s been a really fun project! Here is one of my favorite photos from the weekend…

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This week I started my recap of the Disney Fit Challenge with a look at my anticipation leading up to the event, arriving at Walt Disney World and checking-in at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex the night before.  It’s a mixed bag of feelings.

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Now let’s move on to some runDisney news!  This week the 2015-16 race schedule was released and there were noticeably a few things missing.  Theories are abuzz around the Internets but only time will tell what all the changes really have in store.

2015-16 runDisney Calendar

What race or races are you looking forward to running next year?

Hope you’ve been enjoying the coverage from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend so far. This week’s posts on Running By Myself…Not Really and Fueling for the Big Drop were not only great recaps of the race, but provided many useful tips for running any Disney race.  Big thanks to Holly and Shannon for the great info!

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While we’re on the topic of tips, John put together a great breakdown of running gear basics.  There has been a water bottle debate in the comments and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Lastly now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing, it was perfect that the them of this months Kill, Refurb, Marry was Festival Food Booths. Scotland was hands down my choice to marry…what’s yours??

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This week I will have the rest of my recap of the Disney Fit Challenge up, as well as more coverage from Tower of Terror Weekend and Hannah will be checking in with her Mission to Marathon.  I know there were a TON of you running this weekend in races all over the country including the Hartford Marathon and the Chicago Marathon.  Hope you all had great races and I can’t wait to hear about them.

Have a RAD week!

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2013 Fit For A Princess Expo: Too Close For Comfort

Expo Banner

When I first heard that the Fit For A Princess Expo was going to be held at the Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center, I was actually looking forward to it.  I had never been to that resort and it was going to be a nice change from the usual ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS).  This was until I started reading about the transportation restrictions on driving to the resort and hearing reports of how crowded the expo was.  This smaller location was proving to be a bit challenging for an expo of this size.

Welcome

Coronado Springs Convention Center Lobby

The expo took place in the Coronado Ballroom, which is a little over 60,000 square feet in size.  This area was split in half to accommodate both packet pick up for the half marathon and the 5k, and the exhibitors area for the expo.  To give you an idea of size, the Jostens Center at WWOS is almost 45,000 square feet and is used only for the vendors (well except for Tower of Terror Weekend).  Yep…this was packed in there.

Expo Map

Expo Floor Plan

Before even entering the ballroom, I headed to a few computers set up in the lobby to print my race waiver.  I print that waiver at home for every race and without fail forget it in my room…EVERY TIME!  I’m always so thankful that runDisney has these set up.  This took about a minute and we headed over to the ballroom entrance.

Waiver Printing Area

Waiver Printing Area

Coronado Ballroom Entrance

Coronado Ballroom Entrance

When Amanda and I walked in the doors, we were greeted by a giant line.  Everyone in line already had their race bibs so we could only assume that this was the line to pick up your race shirt and clear bag.  We went to the right to pick up our bibs where thankfully there was no line (the only one of the day!).

Half Marathon Check In

Half Marathon Check In

Getting my bib!

Getting my bib!

My Team RAD Bib!!  :)

My Team RAD Bib!! 🙂

The first thing I noticed was all of the empty space in this area.  I could’ve done numerous cartwheels in the space and not touched anyone…thankfully I didn’t because that wouldn’t have been attractive.  What was beginning to fill up the space was the giant line of people waiting to get into the expo area.  Are you detecting a pattern here?

Wide open space & 5K Check In

Wide open space & 5K Check In

So after a brief stop at Runner Relations, we got on that line and probably waited about 20 minutes to get into the tiny area where shirt and bag pick up were.

Winding Lines...

Winding Lines…

Slowly moving closer...

Slowly moving closer…

Oh look...the expo! Getting closer...

Oh look…the expo!
Getting closer…

After that craziness we thought, “Hey, you know what would be fun??  Getting on another line!!”  So that’s what we did to get into the official runDisney merchandise area.

Waiting on another line...this time for merch

Waiting on another line…this time for merch

This area is always crowded, but this was just ridiculous.  We waited another 15-20 minutes just to get in the area, but once inside you couldn’t move.  The checkout line was winding through the entire merchandise area so it was very difficult to get close to the actual merchandise!  I was able to grab the few items I really wanted (including this tank!) and quickly got on yet another line.

Please please please runDisney...have more tanks available at your events!!

Please please please runDisney…have more tanks available at your events!!

40 minutes later we were at the registers to check out and quickly realized why there was such a back up…about half of the registers were empty!  Sigh…

A register ghost town....

A register ghost town….

My patience was starting to wear thin at this point.  I had just spent well over an hour standing in line and still hadn’t see any of the vendors.  I mean, I know you are supposed to expect lines in Walt Disney World, but there wasn’t even an attraction at the end of this one!

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We headed over to the New Balance area to check out the runDisney running shoe situation and find our name on the giant wall of participants.  To the delight of many of the princesses in attendance, New Balance came prepared with enough runDisney shoes this time!

NB Banner

NB Shoe

Apparently this giant wall of participants was at the Marathon Weekend Expo in January, but I must have been too sick to even notice.  I would’ve loved to see my name on the marathon wall!  But this was still pretty cool!  Sadly Amanda’s name was missing…total fail.

Hey...that's me!

Hey…that’s me!

We looked down the aisle of the expo and decided it would be best if we just left.  I have never seen it so crowded before! I actually felt bad for the vendors because I’m sure a ton of people left for that same reason.

Jam Packed!

Jam Packed!

Clearly, this was not the best place to hold an expo for a runDisney event, but unfortunately this was the only option that weekend.  There were numerous events going on at WWOS including the Braves spring training and an MLS Soccer showcase, so there just wasn’t space.  Knowing Disney and how they always improve on their events, I’m hoping that these issues will be remedied for next year.  If it had to be held here again, the easiest solution would be to have packet pickup in one of the other rooms and just the expo in this space.  That would relieve a TON of the congestion!

But hey, even with the craziness, I managed to walk away with some pretty awesome swag from the expo!

Swag

What did you think of the Fit For A Princess Expo?  How could it be improved?