I didn't expect to be running this race, but someone at the office had to pull out in order to work (I know), and I took his place. So I am not Marcos, but seeing how we're in the same age category (25-29) and the fact that there are no age group awards, I figured it's s'alright s'alright.
I had spent the night at a friend's house and woke up at 4:15am for the 7:00am race. And after walking the pugs that kept me company that night, I headed off. I arrived at DHS a quarter to six and met up with a fellow office runner, Larry, to get our packets. This was the first race I've been in that used the D-Chip timing system which was kinda cool (the "chip" being disposable) but I remained suspicious.
Anyways, at the starting area, there were simple signs for the different pace groups: 7 minutes and under, 7:01-9 minutes, 9:01-11 minutes, etc. Yeah... of the 1450 runners, there were only a handful in the first corral, and it just felt weird that people were actually abiding by these pace group suggestions.
The first mile was an out and back on Disney-MGM Studios Access Road (the south entrance)
- #376 MARCOS WARD, 29M ROCKLEDGE, FL
- chip 22:59, clock 23:01
- overall 83/1450, male 71/753, age 15/120
Overall, the race didn't feel "too big", it was well-organized, and I had a lot of fun, plus the medals were nice. So I'll probably do this one again next year.
I hung around the finish line for a little bit,
We walked from DHS to the Swan Resort and ate at the Garden Grove.
Larry had been there before for their breakfast buffet and enjoyed it. Our server was a nice old lady, who gave us a tour of the buffet and introduced us to the best omelet chef on property.
We also found out that the Garden Grove was a character breakfast on Saturday -- Goofy and Pluto came around to greet us, we got our picture taken with them.
It was a really nice experience, and I'm glad that Larry suggested it. We decided to take the Friendship boat back to DHS, where Larry headed home, and I headed into the park.