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Bike Chick2011-12-26 16:25:37 +0000 #1
I'm thinking of doing a marathon. I've already done 2 half-marathons, am doing the St. Louis Rock N Roll HM in October and the St. Jude HM in December, which will give me 4 total. I'm thinking if I'm ever going to do a marathon, this would be a good time if I just keep the training going. I'm not getting any younger so this may be the only one I ever do (bucket list you know). I want to do a really cool one and the Disney Marathon falls right in line with my training.

Any words of advice from you seasoned runners and has anyone done the Disney? I'm a slow runner so I'm looking at a 5 hour marathon if I'm lucky.
jessmarimba2011-12-26 16:34:48 +0000 #2
I haven't run Disney, but a good friend of mine did and she was pretty unhappy with it. I guess the race is well organized, etc., but when you aren't running in a park (which is 2/3 of the race) it's pretty boring. Not scenic, no spectators, just long flat roads. If you're someone who can't stand seeing your destination several miles in the distance and watch it not get closer with any appreciable speed, then I wouldn't recommend it. If that doesn't bother you (or will actually inspire you to go faster), go for it.

She compared the whole Disney experience to seeing trailers for what seemed like a great movie, then watching it and thinking the plot was too long, drawn out, and she'd already seen the good stuff.
Bike Chick2011-12-26 16:33:22 +0000 #3
Thanks, Jess, that's something I hadn't considered. I assumed from their website that it was all through the parks. Hmmmm.
jessmarimba2011-12-26 16:58:57 +0000 #4
I think the Phoenix Rock n' Roll marathon is a week later. Those are supposed to be fun! I'm thinking of doing Denver in 2 weeks - I trained for a half, but it's just a $15 price difference to the full. I ought to pay for the full, try to PR the first half, then slug through the second half
OakLeaf2011-12-26 16:55:50 +0000 #5
I'm thinking about Disney.

There are a lot of negatives ... extremely unpredictable weather (guaranteed to be humid, but the temperature could be anything from 30° to 80°, torrential rain or blazing sun), high entry fee, ridiculous cost of lodging, having to hang around in the corral for hours (I think they put you on the bus at like 4 a.m. for a 6:30 or 7:00 start); ludicrously high-priced spectator packages for your family.

Flat doesn't bother me. I live in hills and I practically HAVE to enter a race to find someplace flat to run, so it's always gratifying how much faster I can run when there aren't any 20° grades.

I had thought most of it was in the parks, but if it's not, it's true, Orlando is just butt-ugly.

I hear it's a fun race though. Kacie did it a couple of years ago and really loved it. I like a race with a lot of runners and spectators.

I don't know, I'm really on the fence. If I get in to Boston (which is unlikely) I won't run Disney, but otherwise I'll probably be making a decision in the next couple of weeks.
kacie tri-ing2011-12-26 17:15:52 +0000 #6
Hey! I did run this one, and it was fun!

Off the top of my head--


Running through the castle!

Energy of lots of people!

Great costumes!

You get into the park on monday.


You have to be there really really early. And I am used to early.

Once you are on the property, prices are high, so you need to plan ahead.

It isn't the most exciting outside of the parks, but on the other hand, there are very few marathons that are exciting for 26.2 miles and that's ok.

All in all, I think it is a fantastic first marathon. It is even more fun if you can convince family and/or friends to join you!
ehirsch832011-12-26 18:01:19 +0000 #7
No advice, but I signed up for the half! and I'm not a runner,lol

But I am joining a friend who just beat cancer and I couldn't think of a better way to support her then to join her.
Bike Chick2011-12-26 18:18:30 +0000 #8

Originally Posted by ehirsch83

No advice, but I signed up for the half! and I'm not a runner,lol

But I am joining a friend who just beat cancer and I couldn't think of a better way to support her then to join her.

Emily, that's a wonderful thing to do. Good luck and it looks like I'm going to be there too. I talked to an acquaintance yesterday who ran it 2 years ago and basically said what Kacie said. She loved it and said it would be a wonderful first marathon. She also said to spend the extra money on the VIP package so you have access to the tent with food and drink afterward. I have decided to sign up and DH is going to do it with me so it will be fun. I just need to decide where to stay now. Everything is pretty expensive. Any suggestions?

Thanks everyone for your feedback. You were so much help.



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