Disclaimer: If you’re not in the mood for a totally petty, ranting, complaining post please feel free to skip this one.
As many of you who participate in the runDisney races know, the corrals for Marathon Weekend were released this week. If you follow me on twitter, you probably also know that I am NOT HAPPY with my corral placement.
I am in corral “I” for the Dopey Challenge with a submitted proof of time of a 1:59:05 half marathon. I have friends in corrals “G” & “H” who submitted times several minutes slower than mine. My sister is also in corral “I” for the half marathon, her submitted proof of time was 2:43 (she’s deferring for January, but still). To me, this doesn’t make sense.
**Note: I understand the corrals are MUCH smaller this year which means placement is farther back than in previous years. That is not my particular issue.
After a lot of complaining tweets, e-mails & phone calls and MANY different stories and explanations the best I can understand is that Track Shack (the race management company that puts on the runDisney events) uses the ESTIMATED FINISH TIME you enter, NOT the proof of time you submit.
This was news to me (and everyone else I spoke to). I entered a realistic 4:30 finish time. My smarter friends took their 2 hour half marathon proof of time and submitted 4:10 and 4:20 estimated marathon finish times and were placed in corrals ahead of me even though my half marathon proof of time is faster.
The moral of this story is that honesty is NOT always the best policy. I easily could have entered a 4:10 or 4:20 estimated finish time with a 1:59 half PR, but it didn’t even dawn on me that it would make a difference. I thought the important piece of information was the proof of time.
There is also some speculation as to whether the Challenge participants (Goofy & Dopey) are placed farther back since we are running so many races. While the person I spoke to at Track Shack did not specifically say this, he did say, “well you’re not going to be able to keep up your usual pace anyways running 4 races in 4 days.” Ummm…says who??
I know this is extremely petty to complain about. I know it REALLY doesn’t matter and that I’m fortunate to be able to take this trip to Florida and participate in this event, but coming off of my bib not tracking in Disneyland during the Dumbo Double Dare (even after waiting an hour in line at runner relations to supposedly fix it…) and being placed in the wrong corral for the Wine & Dine half marathon after a mistake on Track Shack’s end (and again having to wait at Runner Relations to fix it) I’m just frustrated with the poor race management at the last few runDisney events.
The problem is, I really enjoy the runDisney events. I love the friends I’ve made, I love running through the parks and I love that it’s all wrapped up in a trip to Disney. As annoyed as I am, I can’t honestly say that it’s going to stop me from registering for future runDisney events, and therein lies the problem. They’re not going to change, or make improvements or fix what is broken as long as we’re still willing to buy the product.
Ok. Rant over for the day. You may still see the occasional angry tweet from me about it, but after this post I’m going to do my best to get over it and move on. Here’s to 48.6 miles!
Anyone else in corral “I”??
Do you care about your corral placement at races?
P.S. – just to clarify, I don’t really believe that honesty is not the best policy. That being said, you can sure bet I’ll be entering faster estimated finish times moving forward.