We'll start by talking about the Expo, one of the things I LOVE about runDisney events. The Expo was held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports, and as you walk up, they had banners of each race's medals for photo ops. I had to stop on the way in, of course!
Around 6:30, I started getting ready for the race. I've planned my outfit for a long time, and I was excited to dress up as Minnie Mouse--my first real put-together race costume!
this tutorial (thanks, Pinterest!) to create my Minnie Mouse ears. I should have put them a little bit further apart, but the process of making them was quick and easy!
Around 6:45, it was time to leave for the parking lot at Epcot. Joe went on in to Epcot with his Post-Race Party ticket, and I caught the bus to the start at ESPN's Wide World of Sports. The one downside to staying off Disney property was how early I got to the start. While I had plenty of time to check my gEAR bag, use the porta-potties twice, and eat a quick snack, I was there for over two hours. With the threat of rain, I was kind of dreading the 2-hour wait!
Since I was there with plenty of time, I was able to check the Team #runDisney meet up with other people that are a part of the Facebook group! There weren't many us of there (probably because it was about to rain), but we had a good time pumping each other up and meeting!
At the Princess Half Marathon, you can see the starting line no matter what corral you're in. The corrals are along a straight road and they have large screens set up to show the action. Well, not this race! I was around a bend and didn't get to see the official start with Micky and Minnie. Bummer! I still got to see fireworks for some of the corrals before me.
They didn't leave too much time between corrals, so before long, I was on my way to run 13.1 magically rainy miles through the Disney parks!
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow, when I'll talk about how the race and the post-race party went!
Question for you: What's your favorite thing to do at a race expo? How do you prepare for a rainy race?
I need all the tips I can get, since this was really the first time I ran in the rain!