I love how that now-a-days pretty much all my friends are so active. It always amazes me that I can go to a race, or just go on a training run, and I’m almost guaranteed to “run into” someone I know. I like that. It was no different when I traveled half way across the country for a race. At the Disney Dopey Challenge, I got to meet-up with a few peeps.
If you missed my recaps of the races, you can see them here: 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2
First off, these aren’t really reunions, but traveling with me was our boy and my moms. The boy was doing the Kid’s Race for the 3rd time.
My moms was doing the Dopey Challenge too. She only started running a few years ago, and hadn’t run a full marathon yet, but she wanted to make this happen!
And of course, my sis. She lives in Orlando, FL so of course we saw her. Also, her and her roomie let us crash at their crib (I’m so hip), so that was groovy (see). And if you’ve followed along, then you know that she ran the Dopey too! We even ran the whole half marathon portion together.
Many of you asked how my mom and sis did, and I’m here to tell you that they both finished! My sis came across the full marathon line a little after me and we reunited when she passed by me stretching next to the medical tent.
After we cleaned up, we went into Epcot to look for our ma. We bought a rose with a Mickey Mouse in it to give to her. Our plan was for the boy to hand it to her as she passed so she could cross the finish line with it. All we had to do was wait.
While waiting, we cheered on all the other runners. And we saw my sister’s friend and cheered for him! He had met us each morning (he was Dopey too) before the races and served as our official pre race family photographer.
Then we finally saw our ma! We yelled at her to come over so we could hand her the rose, but get this…she blew us off!!! Haha! She literally waved us off and kept going. Everyone around us thought that was pretty funny too. They said it was comical that we had been waiting there for her, and she was not interested in stopping.
Now I know how it is in a marathon, and I’m sure at that point in the race she just wanted to finish, but it was still funny to us. Anyway, we gave her the rose a little later.
Another meet-up I had was with a friend from high school…who I hadn’t seen since high school. We ran track together at our Ohio high school, but now he lives in Hawaii. Not a bad gig if you can get it. Anyway, he was doing the Dopey too. I actually bumped into him in my coral before the 5k and we ran the whole way together.
We would see each other before and after each race. It was cool to catch up.
I had another long time reunion. Now I must preface this with a short fun fact – also in high school, I used to travel the East coast competing in (mostly) hip hop dance competitions. My sis went to a dance school, and I just kind of fell into it.
So, one of the gals I used to dance with now lives in Florida and her and her husband were running the marathon. After they finished (PR’d!!!) we met up for some post race re-hydrating.
I hadn’t seen her in a long long time, so that was awesome!
Another meet-up I had was with a fellow blogger. Danielle over at Live, Run, Grow. There were many that I wanted to run into, but I was only able to find this one. And here’s how: before the Dopey she had blogged her race costume – Newsies. After the 10k, I saw a group of Newsies, and knew it must be her. So we had a brief meet-up.
That’s a great tip from her – post your race costumes before hand so people looking for you can find you! For you other blogger friends who were there, know that I was looking for you, and I’m sorry we weren’t able to meet up.
So there are the running reunions I had at the Dopey Challenge. So cool!
How bout you? Ever run into old/new friends at races? Any surprise get togethers?