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The 2014 Disneyland 5K, a First for a runDisney Veteran

I’m so excited to begin coverage of the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!!  To kick things off, Minnie (yes that is really here name – how fun!) is here to recap the Disneyland 5K.  Minnie is a runDisney veteran, but this was her first time running a 5K.  You know why she did it?  Well you’ll have to read on to find out!

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My name is Minnie Paule and I have been doing runDisney races since January 2013.  Tinker Bell was my first half marathon and runDisney race.  Since then, I have participated in the 2013 Disneyland Half, 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge, 2014 Tinker Bell Half and now the 2014 Dumbo Double Dare.

This past weekend was my first runDisney 5K and the first time I signed up for all three races.  I decided to do the 5K after the medals were released.  Registration was already sold out for the 5K.  I had to find a way to register for that race to get that medal!  Luckily, I found an organization called TSA (Tourette Syndrome Association) that was selling bibs and asking for a fundraising minimum of $200.  At the time I registered with TSA my awareness of what the organization and disorder was about was limited.  I am now educated and proud that I chose this organization to associate myself with.  It was truly an honor to race for those dealing and living with Tourette Syndrome.  I even got to meet Dash Mihok from the Showtime hit series Roy Donovan at the Thank You Luncheon for TSA.

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The night before the race, I laid out my costume.  I was pink Minnie Mouse to match my pink runDisney New Balance shoes.  I also prepared my fuel belt, drink and breakfast.  I was taught to “dress the chair” so that you aren’t pressured and rushed the morning of race day. (Sarah’s Note: Great tip!!!)

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I was assigned to corral C and waited for our corral to move up to the start line.  In the meantime the race announcers, Rudy Novotny and Carissa Bealert entertained the crowd.

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My sister, Mildred and I were doing the race together.  We are walkers but we jog to get around bottle necks.  We keep a 14 – 16 min mile pace.  Here is my selfie at the mile 1 marker.

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A 5K is the best time to take pics with all the characters and landmarks in the parks!

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Receiving that beautiful medal at the end makes the race all worth it!

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Overall, the race was not too difficult but the humidity and heat made it a little uncomfortable but doable.  Definitely need to hydrate and stay focused on your breathing and form.  Other than that, Have fun, smile and enjoy the experience!

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Minnie Paule has been a runner since October 2012 beginning with the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco as a member of Team in Training (TNT).  She continues run for TNT in support of her best friend’s mother who is battling her third bout with lymphoma.  Besides running to raise funds, Minnie really runs for the bling and has in total run 8 half marathons, 1 full marathon, several 10Ks and a couple 5Ks.

If you would like to make a donation, please go to her website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/gba/nikesf14/mpaule

 

Character Photo Opportunities at runDisney Events

One of the most unique things about runDisney events are the character photo opportunities.  These magical experiences are set up in all events from the 5Ks to the WDW Marathon.  You will find the popular characters that you see in the parks on a regular basis, but you will also find some very unique characters as well.  I’ve seen Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, they Hyennas from the Lion King, and Flora, Fauna & Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty!  Here are some of my favorite photos:

Aurora, Prince Phillip, Flora, Fauna & Merryweather

Li Shang, Mushu & Mulan

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While all of these photo stops are great, I think my overall favorite of all the characters are the gravediggers.  I’ve never stopped for a photo because the line is always REALLY long, but everyone always looks like they are having a blast.  Maybe I’ll just have to run faster for the next race so I will have more of a time cushion to wait in that line.

Now if we could just get an Aristocats photo op set up, that would be my ultimate runDisney experience!

What is your favorite character photo op during a Disney race?  Is there a character you would like to see?