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!
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?