So as part of the Disney Marathon Weekend, they also had something for the kiddos. And why wouldn’t they? It’s Disney after all! It’s also a small world after all (Now try getting that song out of your head!).
They had a few options depending on their age, and for our toddler Griffin, he was in the 100 yard dash. I think we could’ve signed him up for the mile, but stuck with the shorter distance this time (he has done a 1 mile fun run before). He ran the same race last year too, so we knew a little better what to expect…and it went well!
The race takes place at their Wide World of Sports complex on their really nice track. And being Disney, they go all out with a DJ spinnin tunage, a couple hosts/commentators, t-shirts, finishers medals, food and drink, personalized bibs, and even Mickey himself! You can’t beat the price either – $10 entry fee!!!
You even get to get their goody bags at the race expo. I think the kids really liked the race and the whole experience made them feel like real runners (which they are!).
Griffin actually warmed up for about 20 minutes before the race. He also wanted “energy” in the form of my mom’s Power Bar Gel Blasts. Speaking of energy, Griffin told me before the race that he would leave some of his on the track for me to use during my marathon. I remembered that around mile 18 when we ran on the exact same track! Definitely helped me to keep moving. He was sure to remind me before the race to pick up some of the energy he left, and I did!
All the warming up and “energy” must’ve worked because Griffin won his race! To be fair, he was only in one of three heats on our day and there were three days of kids races. But still, he crushed it! Nobody else was even close to him at the finish.
My only instructions to him before the race were to run right down the middle of his lane and don’t stop till he gets to Mickey, who was at the finish line. He did and did. He was pleased with himself that he “beat all the other kids”. But we had to have a good sport talk after we passed a girl who was crying cause she didn’t win and Grif told her, “I did.”
Hard to blame him though, he did really well and earned his second race medal!
Funny thing is that after the race, he just kept running. I didn’t want to chase him as I was conserving “energy” for my marathon, but at one point he had run almost a mile away from us. I finally caught up to him and asked why he kept running. He responded that he’s, “getting ready for my next race.” Haha, good for him!
In part 2 of my review of the runDisney Kids Races, I’ll post the videos – wait until you see them!!! They’re amazing, trust me! So stay tuned!
In the meantime, I need to study Griffin’s photos to learn myself how to have better running form! Peace out Internet!