After The Expo time flew by. The alarm went off at 2:45 am on Sunday morning and it was time for a quick breakfast before heading to the race to find our starting corral.
To prevent the chaos of 26,000 runners all starting at once, the runners are separated into corrals based on projected finish times. Computer chips on the bib race numbers record the start and finish times so everyone gets a true finish time regardless of their starting corral.
Each corral was greeting with fireworks to mark their start.
And we were off to Run Disney !
The Disney Princess Half Marathon isn’t your typical running event. Sure, it takes the same amount of work and determination to reach the finish. But here, runners will stop and wait in line to have their photos made with various Disney prince and princess characters. During the race.
Even on the way to her PR, my princess (like many other runners) wanted a photo in front of Cinderella’s castle.
Along with the Disney characters, a band helped entertain the runners.
One strategy for mentally handling a half marathon is to break the distance into 3 parts to focus on: two 5 mile runs and a 5K (3.1 miles). Here a line of runners enter the last 5 kilometers.
It was a colorful scene as we entered Epcot for the final mile.