2013 Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Marathon

It was a warm start to a hot race at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon. Temperatures were far less than ideal, but the course support was much better than you would fin in all but a few world class races. That isn’t to say that there weren’t a few snags, but with 25,000 runners, it’s hard to do everything right. They did run out of sponges at the ESPN venue, and the mile 20 spectacular didn’t even begin to live up to the pre-race hype that Disney had been pumping out, well in advance of the race. I would also question the sanity of a course design team that would send runners past a sewage treatment plant and dump, when there is a possibility of high temperatures and humidity. But those minor details didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the runners, and I managed to finish, in spite of the brain numbing heat. In true Disney style, there isn’t another race like it, and if you run it too fast, you are missing out on most of the fun.

And now we return to our regularly scheduled programming.

One Comment

  • Pete Olson · Posted March 27, 2013 at 10:38 am · Link

    Hi Derek:

    You and I are on similar journeys…although you are a bit farther up the road than me at this point.

    In January, I ran the 5K at Disney World this year (with my daughter), and I just completed a 15K a couple of weeks ago. I’m signed up for Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon in the Fall, and I am going to register for next year’s Full as soon as registration opens up (in a week and a half).

    I ran into your videos on YouTube, which led me to your blog; and I’ve enjoyed catching up with your journey here.

    It turns out I have a “journey” blog as well…and the joy is certainly in that journey…especially looking back to see how far I’ve come! If you’re interested, the link is http://www.c2mj.blogspot.com.

    See you down the road!

    Pete

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