With all the excitement heading into WDW Marathon Weekend, it might be easy to overlook that there’s another race coming hot on the heels of “The Big Show”.
— runDisney (@runDisney) December 16, 2013
That would be the recently introduced Tinkerbell Half Marathon (and 10K) weekend, taking place a mere ONE WEEK LATER. Now, as I mentioned earlier this month, runDisney announced that in 2015, the Tinkerbell Half Marathon would move to Mother’s Day weekend, but for this year, well, there are a lot of runners ready to go. (Personally, I wish I was one of them).
— runDisney (@runDisney) December 11, 2013
The courses for the Tinkerbell 10K and Half Marathon were both announced this week:
Also released, waivers, bib numbers and corrals – it’s full on Tinkmania!
All this, along with the Race Programs for both races being released, there’s a whole heap of information to get us through Christmas, and our minds off when runDisney might announce the MeetUps for both races.
So with all of this fun information about imminent races being released, you would think that the opening of registration for The Expedition Everest Challenge might be overlooked.
— runDisney (@runDisney) December 17, 2013
Let’s hope not. So many people were afraid (or hoping) that this race might be discontinued in favour of a Star Wars themed race in May (May the Fourth Be With You), but here it is! Open for registration!
What is the Expedition Everest 5K Challenge, you may ask? Well according to runDisney:
Expedition Everest Challenge Highlights
- 5K trek with obstacles
- Clues to solve before you reach the summit
- Course through Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Night
- Disney Entertainment on-course and at the post-race celebration
- Event Weekend Transportation from the Event Host Resorts
Sounds pretty fun, right? This is a perfect race for someone to get their feet wet in the world of runDisney. A 5K is a totally manageable distance for new runners’ training, especially when broken up with obstacles and clues. Plus, you don’t have to wake up at stupid o’clock to get to the starting line well before the sun rises. Extra bonus.
So that’s my runDisney breakdown for the week. If you’re like me, and you’re training for Goofy or Dopey, have a good last set of long runs this weekend, and try not to go too crazy during your taper…. I know, but TRY…
Will you be running Expedition Everest Challenge this year?
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