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I’ve completed three Princess Half Marathons at Disney World, and they’ve all been incredible experiences. And when people find out that I’ve done half marathons, they tend to ask me if I’m going to do a full marathon someday.
Once I’m done laughing, I say no. No no no. Nope. Nuh-uh. Why would someone do that to their body?
And then Disney announced the Dopey Challenge for the next Marathon Weekend. As in, four races in four days: a 5K, a 10k, a half marathon, and a full marathon. 48.6 miles.
And for completing that insanity, you get six medals. You get one for completing each race, naturally (and the new 10k race has a Minnie Mouse-themed medal!). Plus, you get a special one for completing the Goofy Challenge, which consists of the half and full marathons. PLUS, you get another medal for completing all four. The Dopey Challenge. As in, you would have to be dopey to do that.
For weeks I asked myself if I should do it. I had fantasies about having a special medal holder made just to display those six. I could do it! I would have seven hours to complete the marathon. If I can do the half in 3:15, surely I can shuffle 26.2 miles in seven hours, yes?
But here’s the thing. I really want to run my next half marathon. Not shuffle, not run-walk, but run. Well, at least jog. And that’s going to be harder to do if I’ve just done a 5k and a 10k and have a marathon to look forward to fewer than 24 hours later.
And as for that marathon, while Disney now has me thinking that maybe, someday, I’ll do one, I absolutely should not do my first one right after those other three races. That would be crazy. I should get a marathon under my belt before I even think about something like the Dopey Challenge.
So, Disney, I’m begging you: do this again. Don’t make this the only one. I’m just not ready yet!!!
If you are ready, HURRY to the RunDisney site. That 10k is going to fill up really soon, possibly before you’re done reading this. And without the 10k, you can’t get Dopey. (Although you could still get Goofy.)
There are some changes to the race weekend, as well, as highlighted in this video:
-Proof of time is now required for most runners, and – big change – that proof can NOT be brought to the race weekend. Proof has to be sent in by November 1st, or you get placed in the last corral. If you think you can go faster than 3:15 for the half or 6:30 for the full, you have to prove it!
-There will be more corrals, so that things won’t get so tight.
-There will be fewer runners allowed to register.
-There will now be women’s shirts available in addition to the unisex shirts (great, I hate those!).
I think these are all good changes, and I hope the increased number of corrals and better proof-of-time requirements carry over to the Princess Half, which I am definitely doing again in 2014 for a fourth time! In fact, I even have a 10k lined up in October so that I’ll have proper proof of time. See? I’m thinking ahead!
But for Marathon weekend, I’ll be cheering the rest of you on. Someday, someday…
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