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Spectating the Kid’s Races and Enchanted 10K

on February 24, 2014

I woke up early on Saturday (I think I was just too excited to sleep!) and decided to head out to Epcot to cheer on the end of the 10K and the kid’s races. Staying at the Polynesian, it was easy to head out to the monorail at the TTC and hop over to the finish line. It was really exciting to see how everything was set up and to see all of the people! From a practical perspective, I really appreciated the walk through to get familiar with the layout for Sunday, especially to make things smoother for my husband when he tried to navigate all of that with O.

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The 10K was run as an individual event, but many of the participants were there for the Glass Slipper Challenge (completing the 10K Saturday and then the half marathon Sunday). I’m so glad I got to come out and watch because I doubted I’d get to really spectate much on Sunday as other’s finished the half marathon since I’d have a demanding two year old with me who would no doubt be wondering where I’d been for the last few hours. šŸ™‚ It was really thrilling to feel the energy at the finish line, with the music playing and the announcers calling out the names of the individual runners (as many as they could anyway – there were a lot of people!).

The Fairy Godmother was greeting runners at the finish line, which was really fun, and occasionally I got to see Carissa, the announcer, in her Elsa running costume.

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I stayed to watch the very last runner, who was celebrated with confetti and seemed surprised that all of that was just for her! I found myself crying happy tears for all of those women (and a few men!) and anticipating crossing the finish line myself on Sunday.

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I waited around for the kid’s races as well and I’m so glad I did! The mile run finished at the same finish line as the 10K, so I was glad that the kid’s got some hoopla. Goofy was out dancing and waiting to greet the finishers.

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The first kid’s finished the mile in a little over 6 minutes! Speedy! I was impressed how many very small kids there (I purposely didn’t get very close pictures because I wouldn’t want other people’s kid’s recognizable here) and how many families there were running together. It was so inspiring.

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I also watched the 100 yard dash, which was largely toddlers and so funny. Some kids were really into it and some were just not having it! As a mom of a toddler myself, it was hilarious. I definitely want to sign O up if we get back for more RunDisney events!

Spectating these races Saturday morning was a great way to get in the spirit of PHM weekend!

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9 responses to “Spectating the Kid’s Races and Enchanted 10K

  1. Kristin says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this!! SOOO much fun!! Wow, what an amazing place to be!! Fun, fun!!

  2. How fun!! That is awesome that the first kid to finish the mile was in just over 6 minutes – wow!

  3. I’m so glad you got to spectate before your big race! What a great way to build the excitement and momentum for your big day! I love that they had confetti for the last finisher and made her feel so special. Love that Disney magic! šŸ™‚ I bet your son would love to do a kids race so that he can be just like Mama!

  4. leannenalani says:

    How fun! I’d love to see those little kids at the 100 yard dash. That sounds like it would adorable and funny to see.

  5. […] because there was so much (and thus will be split into two posts)! I’ve already talked about spectating the 10K and Kid’s Races, the Expo and the Race Retreat, so check out those posts from last week for […]

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