The challenge of Disney race weekend isn't in the races, it's the stress of getting up so early every day. For the Cinderella 5k, the alarm went off at 5 am Friday. Race start was 6:30.
|Just after dawn|
There were five corrals, leaving at 8-minute intervals. Jen and I were in the last, so the winners had arrived back by the time we headed out of the corral to the starting chute.
|Everyone dresses up|
|Must stop for photo opportunities|
Saturday, the alarm was 3:30am for a 5:30 start. This after getting home at midnight. Racing the 10k and the half gets Jen a fourth medal for the Glass Slipper Challenge. She raced in the Miranda dress again. The 10k goes from Epcot parking, out to the main road and back, then the same loop of the international area as the 5k. I walked her to the corrals, then went out to the road with my cowbell. You can always use more cowbell. There was 5 waves again, with a couple thousand people each, so I couldn't find her in the crush of people at all. She was an early wave, so after the last wave went by me, I was just in time to make it to the finish to see her come in.
What a great set of races. Everyone is there to have fun and is infectiously happy. There's none of the usual race talk of times and PRs. Dress up and smile.