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Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 3 – 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Race Recap

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Day three of my four-part Dopey Challenge started out much better than day two.  I woke up around 3:30 AM and felt completely rested and ready to tackle the Walt Disney World Half Marathon.

My girlfriend Leslie was also running the half but she does a straight run and I do a run walk combo so although we would be together in our start corral we were each going to be running our own individual races that day.

We gathered our gear, headed out to her car and made our way over to the Epcot parking lot. We scuttled through security, walked past bag check and the porta potties and headed towards our corral.

Check out this guy with his tuba which he carried for the entire half marathon. He played Disney tunes for us as the large group of runners made their way to the starting line.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon tuba runnerThe weather that morning was not as humid as it was the day before for the Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K which was a blessing. Each corral started with fireworks and Disney fanfare with Donald Duck counting down to “Go”.

I knew this course like the back of my hand. Felt like I had run it over 1,000 times. Actually, this would be my sixth time running from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back.

I didn’t have a time goal really. It was just going to be me, my music and the open road.

The fireworks for our corral sounded and I was on my way to the Magic Kingdom. I was really looking forward to seeing my friends on Main Street, so I pushed through and jammed out with my YurBuds in the entire way. I felt good. The training was paying off.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom toll plaza Caution runners…speed bumps ahead!

This is my very own heartbreak hill. Right in front of the Contemporary Resort.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon contemporary resortThe stream of runners hooked a left by Space Mountain and headed into the backstage area of Magic Kingdom.  I weaseled my way over to the left-hand side of the pack because I knew that the WDW Radio cheer team, and a lot of my friends, would be there at the corner of Main Street near the Confectionary.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon space mountain

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom backstage

I tell ya… seeing a group of familiar faces like this when you’re in the middle of a race is like a drug.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom wdw radioI stopped for a picture…

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom amanda tinney

and hugs…and kept on trucking.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom amanda tinney

Love this lady’s camo get up.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom camo runnerAnd then for the best part. Running through Cinderella Castle.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom cinderella castleThe back side is so much prettier than the front.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom cinderella castleI knew that my run through Magic Kingdom would be ending soon so I tried to take it all in. Down the middle of Liberty Square and then straight through Frontierland…. which put me at around the 6 mile mark.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom frontierland

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon magic kingdom frontierland

Time to go backstage one more time before making our way past the Magic Kingdom Resorts.  Mile seven was just outside the Grand Floridian.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon mile 7

Here’s a look at what one of the water stops looks like. The only place on Walt Disney World property where you’ll see trash.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon water stop

I blew past the Polynesian Resort and then past the Magic Kingdom parking lot.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon mile 8

I was still feeling really good at this point. But it was time to run the long stretch on World Drive back to Epcot.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive

I started my half marathon doing 30/30′s. 30 seconds of running followed by 30 seconds of walking. By the time I got to the Magic Kingdom, about halfway through, I realized that I had built up enough of a buffer so that I could take my time and do what I wanted for the second half of the race.

Yep. Lots of folks still back there behind me.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive amanda tinney

Almost time to make the gnarly loop up onto that overpass.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive overpass

Hey look it’s Disney Cruise Line. This is the first time they’ve been out to support the race.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive DCL

Made it around the loop and to the top of the overpass.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon world drive

I paced these two ladies pretty much the entire race. Thanks Pumbaa and Timon!

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon pumbaa timon costume race

You can see the course is still pretty congested. This was another race I ended up running a lot on the grass.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon

Mile 11 y’all.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon

Poor Lumiere… I know he must’ve been sweating in that costume.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon lumiere costume race

Here’s my friend Deb from All Ears. She’s got a great Disney fan site. One of the original Disney websites. She’s also amazing when it comes to philanthropy and has raised big bucks for cancer research.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon amanda tinney deb wills

A few more overpasses and I was making my way back into Epcot.  But not before fist bumping my friend Zannaland!

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2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon epcot

Best half marathon race sign.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon funny spectator sign

Gospel choir for the win!

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon gospel choir

Finishline selfie with Mr. runDisney Faron Kelley.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon faron kelley amanda tinney

And the Donald Duck bling for my victory.  Dopey Challenge Day Three and the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon in the bag!

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2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon donald duck medal

I also got another piece of runDisney arm candy added to my collection.

2014 rundisney dopey challenge walt disney world half marathon wristbands

Breakfast for the third day in a row was at Kouzzina. Carb it up baby!

kouzzina waffles breakfast walt disney world boardwalk

We headed over to the expo after breakfast to pick up my pal Marc’s marathon bib.

rundisney dopey challenge 2014 walt disney world marathon expo amanda tinney

And then for the third day in a row hit up Splitsville for an early 3pm supper. I devoured half of this baby. It was delicious!

downtown disney splitsville margherita pizza

I was in bed by 8:30pm. One more early wake up call awaited! It was time for me to tackle the longest leg of my Dopey Challenge…26.2 miles in the Walt Disney World Marathon!

Here are my race recaps from Part 1 & 2 of my four-part Dopey Challenge:
Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 1 – Disney Family Fun Run 5K Race Recap
Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Part 2 – 2014 Walt Disney World 10K Race Recap

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  • http://www.taylorfam.biz/ Robert Taylor

    Great recap! I saw the tuba guy and Lumiere on the coarse. I was looking out for you but never saw. I followed your progress close for the full, and felt great excitement for you when I saw the finished tweet! It was great seeing you at the expo, and will have to catch up again!

  • Teresa Davis Mays

    Looking forward for Part 4. I really enjoy your recaps.

  • Beth Barbara

    I am loving your recap! You look amazing! I hope to see you at GSC!

  • Danielle Nardi

    Love all your pics! I got a lot of character pictures but I realized I didn’t get much along the way – course pics, etc. Glad you felt good during the half, looking forward to reading your recap of the full marathon!