The other week I ran in a 5k (Abby’s Run for Dandy Walker Syndrome). I wanted to do well because I know the race directors and the race was raising funds for a good cause. And I did do pretty good – 5th overall and 1st in my division. You can read the recap HERE.
In the recap you can see some other photos from the day (including the super awesome medal).
Anyway, they recently posted the official race photos, so I thought I’d share the ones that have me in them (because I’m so shy and modest). Click on them to enlarge…
Milling about before the start – I’m off to the side behind the flag pole talking to my friend Pepsi. Yes, her actual name is Pepsi. I guess her parents were fans of sugar drinks???
And we’re off! I’m in there somewhere. BTW, none of those determined kids were able to sustain that pace past 50 yards. So yes, I had to do some weaving to get around them.
First mile. I was wishing that guy wasn’t trying to draft off me.
Managed half a smirk for the camera. That dude behind me is wondering why I’m ahead of him – we have the same shoes after all! Pepsi is back there in the hat. She would’ve been next to me, but her hat fell off at the start and she had to run after it. Yes, her real name is Pepsi.
The blue-shirt-same-shoes-side-mouth-breather dude is no longer in my photos! You can however spot Pepsi (white hat) behind the silver grocery getter about to turn down the home stretch (2nd female finisher). Yes, her real name is Pepsi.
At the finish – All alone in 5th place!
Award ceremony – Trying not to get my race director friend (Ann) sweaty in our hug.
Yay! I got a photo with Abby (who the race is named for) and her mom. Ann photobombed us. Not sure why I’m standing bow-legged.
The next one is not an official race photo. A friend snapped it and emailed it to me later…
I’m all thumbs.
So there they are, the long lost race photos (from two weeks ago). Not too bad – compared to how I usually look (not flattering). And it’s really cool of them to send them to us for free!!!! Such a great event all around!
How bout you? Any recent race photos? What do you think the dude behind me the first mile was thinking? Do you know anyone named Pepsi? Why do kids always line up at the front of the race (I mean, come on)?
I’ll get to my recap of the Dopey Challenge Full Marathon soon, but I didn’t want to move on without writing about something else we took part in during the Disney Marathon Weekend. In addition to the 5k, 10k, 13.1, and 26.2, they also had kids races. And our just turned 5 year old participated.
His heel kick left the back of his shirt dirty!
It was his 3rd time doing the runDisney Kids race. Last year he even won his heat of the 100 meter race! But this year he’s in a new age group. And the distance doubled to 200 meters.
Last year’s race. I wish I had that form!
I learned form years past to let the pushy over-eager parents take their kids in the first couple heats. I planned to do the same this year. The emcees said there would be 4 heats. I decided we’d wait till the last one. But after the first 2, they decided to lump everyone still waiting into just one giant (3rd) heat. This was not a welcome last minute change. Because of this, we were several people back from the starting line. It was a mob scene. And yes, the parents run with the kids, so it was doubly crowded.
Fighting through the crowds (and his oversized sweatpants).
So he was pretty boxed in at the start. Bummer. But once he found an opening…he.was.GONE! You can see it unfold in the video I took:
I was boxed in behind him, so the only way to catch him was to cut through the infield. It’s shaky, but I think it’s kind of funny. I caught up to him right as he high-fived Mickey at the finish line!
High Five Mickey!
Oh, and BTW, if he looks sleepy, it’s because he WAS. He was ready for a nap. And he had gotten something in his eye, so he kept rubbing it, which made them kind of puffy. But he’s a trooper.
Post high five.
In the end, he had a good time, and added another medal to his young collection!
Bringin home the hardware (or software, as it is rubber).
And I was happy that he got to be part of this weekend of family running! Hopefully he’ll continue to race as he keeps reaching new age groups!
Post race with the boy!
And get this, for Christmas he was given a Disney gift card. And he decided to use it at the Expo to buy a running Mickey doll (with it’s own medal of course).
Medals for everyone!
What do you think about kids races – ever been to one? Should I add the distance of this race to my 48.6 Dopey total?
Day 1 of 4 of the inaugural Dopey Challenge. This was the 5k Family Fun Run. It was chilly, but humid. I was there with my mom and sis. It was early. The 2 am alarm clock did not allow for much sleep – especially since I kept tossing and turning afraid we’d miss the alarm. I also couldn’t shut my mind off while struggling to figure out which outfit to wear for this race (a manly problem, I know).
Sis, mom, me. Before the race.
My goal for the first 3 races was to finish with a PW (personal worst). I wanted to save my legs for the finale of 26.2 miles in just a few days. To remind myself to take it easy, I had brought a few outfits to wear. You can’t take a race too seriously if you’re wearing something silly. I decided on an old Goofy hat that I own, along with giant Disney cartoon gloves. And of course, I had to represent my Ohio Bobcats!
The theme of the race was Pluto, but Goofy’s a dog too…isn’t he?
I also carried a GoPro video camera to capture some of the highlights. If you have a couple minutes, and don’t mind Blair Witch style cinematography, then you can watch the video here:
And while I wanted to get a PW, I still wanted to RUN all 4 races. I figured part of the Challenge is to actually run, and not walk. Save for a few photo ops. Not that I have anything against walk/runners, but for me personally, I wanted to complete what I took to be part of the challenge – running the races.
Yes, I started and finished the race before the sun came up.
The 5k started in the Epcot parking lot, and finished there too. Basically the course took us on a lap of the park.
The warm-up runs.
I was a tad disappointed with the lack of characters out. They’re were a few – but the line to get a pic with Dopey was insane!!! Luckily I got to meet up with him later on (stay tuned for that pic)!
Judging from the photos, I ran the whole race with my arms in the air…like I don’t have a care.
I was also a tad disappointed that they didn’t have all the Disney flair going on – Like lighting up the giant torches. This was done for a later race, however.
At the finish, next to a lady with a glorious lion mane of hair!
I was lucky to start in Corral A. From the peeps I talked to who were in the later corrals (through E), it took a long time before they got started. In fact, I talked to some who said people were finishing the race before they even started! Apparently the gap between corral starts were kind of lengthy.
Bird’s eye view of the finish. Hands still in the air.
In the end, I reached my goal of getting a PW by about 10 minutes – 35:26. Considering my last two 5k’s I finished right at 21:50, I’d say this result is a good job of taking it easy!!!
All smiles at the finish photo line!
Race 1 done, 3 more to come! 3.1 miles over, 45.5 to go! And a fun finisher’s medallion to boot!
Medal 1/6 gotten!
This race was over quick. Like I said, it was still dark out at the finish. And it was good to get the race jitters out of the way. It was weird to line up for a race that I wasn’t “racing”, but like I said – I had a plan and stuck to it!
So there you go, Dopey Challenge Race 1 Recap! Next up will be the race 2 recap – the inaugural Minnie Mouse 10k! If you missed my recap of the Expo, you can read it HERE.
How bout you? Ever ran a race that you didn’t “race”? What do you think of the Disney 5k? Holla at me!