Here’s another fun story from the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.
Jen, a Dopey runner, got out and participated in the DIY half marathon along with other runners at her resort. She also made an unscheduled stop at her favorite hotel in Hollywood Studios!
You Can Drop In During A Marathon
by Jen Spencer
In general, 2 friends and I (Beth and Kimberly) have been doing quite a few Disney races over the past few years (halfs and 10K/half challenges). Last year we decided to do Dopey to celebrate us all turning 35 this year.
We did the 5K mostly together, stopping for several pictures. The 10K was a bit more exciting as we stopped for some amazing pictures but ended up getting passed by the balloon ladies during the last picture stop and had to book it to make the time back up.
We were terrified!!!!
That evening we had dinner and were laying out our gear for the half and got the notification of the cancellation. At first, we were devastated. We headed down to the bar (with many others from the hotel) to commiserate.
The day of the full was really really cold, but being from Colorado, we were happy with the weather. I had wanted to ride Everest, but got to AK too early.
When I got to HS, there was a bit of a slow down in from of Tower of Terror, so I thought why not and asked a cast member. He immediately gave me a fast pass and told me to have fun.
Several people in line saw that I was running let me go ahead of them. I also had some great conversations with others while waiting in line. There was quite a long line inside before getting on the elevator, so I think it ended up being a good 20+ minutes until I got off the ride.
Overall, all 3 of us finished the marathon and got our Dopey medals. We celebrated by having dinner and drinks at the California Grill before flying home yesterday.