2014 runDisney Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part 1 – The Disney Enchanted 10K Race Recap

Did you know you can run a Disney 10K on an hour and a half of sleep? True story. I did it.

JetBlue held my race bestie (Running at Disney) hostage and didn’t release her from her snowy foggy prison of a terminal til late Friday night so we were functioning on very little sleep and lots of pixie dust Saturday morning for the Inaugural Enchanted 10K.

Sleep…we don’t need no stinkin’ sleep. Still all smiles at 5am.

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runDisney inaugural enchanted 10K 2014 disney corral C

runDisney inaugural enchanted 10K 2014 disney corral C

Look who I finally spotted! The balloon ladies. Poor gals…so much loathing of these women and they really are just truing to help. No one wants to see the 16 minute mile balloon lady pacers. If you do…you better run!

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Time to start this 6.2 mile journey.

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It was foggy and super humid for the 10K portion of the Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge.  Reminded me of the weather we had for the 2013 Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

After heading out of the Epcot Parking Lot and before reaching Epcot Center Drive, runners were treated to an appearance by Princess Elsa from Frozen shouting sweet nothings from an overpass.

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We then hooked a right onto Epcot Center Drive and began the less than thrilling run towards the backstage area of Epcot. I hope that runDisney decides to add some more character spots and/or a DJ to this section of road. It was so boring. There was only one jumbo tron on this stretch and it really needed something else to liven it up. I didn’t even take any photos here cause there was nothing special to document.

After running about half of the 10K we made our way into the backstage area of Epcot and then out into World Showcase.

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2014 inaugural enchanted 10k disney princess half marathon glass slipper challenge world showcase

After a quick trip around the Boardwalk Resort area we headed back into Epcot and towards the finish line in the Epcot Parking Lot.

Here’s a little sneaky tip. If the line for a character is a tad bit too long and you don’t want to wait…stand on the opposite side of the character handler and wait for that split second that a runner is changing places with another runner and then BAM! Have your running bestie take that coveted photo. Sure, you may not be holding hands with Marie, but you still have that moment commemorated!

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10K’s go by so fast! Bling acquired!

2014 inaugural enchanted 10k disney princess half marathon glass slipper challenge race medal

I love that runDisney has added the 10K to some of their race weekends. It really is a fantastic distance. Just far enough to challenge you, yet not so far as to scare off newbie runners like a half marathon might do.  This race had a super relaxed atmosphere and I hope it encourages new runners to join the runDisney community. Sign up for the 2015 runDisney Enchanted 10K and grab hold of some of that bling for yourself!

I paid for my entry into the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge. My room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge was complementary. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.