I can’t believe Dopey weekend has come and gone! There is just so much to recap, so I’m planning on breaking it down race by race and then I’ll write a separate post with some pros and cons of the weekend and my overall feelings on if I would do the Dopey Challenge again.
So, as any race weekend does, it all began with the expo!
All Dopey Challenge participants had to visit the expo on Wednesday since the first of the four races, the 5k, was on Thursday morning. I landed in Orlando Wednesday afternoon dropped my stuff off at my “home” for the weekend (Saratoga Springs) and met a few friends at the Magic Kingdom – we had decided we were going to go with our same Wine & Dine expo strategy of arriving about an hour before it closed to avoid the crowds.
We picked up our race bib packets and shirts, spent a few minutes looking at the runDisney merchandise and were in and out of there pretty quickly. The only thing I bought was a Dopey car magnet. To be honest I found the runDisney merchandise pretty disappointing, there was really no Dopey merchandise left by that point, and the one shirt I did like ran SO small that I couldn’t even fit into a large!
On the bright side I wasn’t too disappointed about not buying a shirt, because for once the included race shirts weren’t horrendous! Dopey Challenge runners got 6 shirts (1 for each race, plus a Goofy shirt and a Dopey shirt) and runDisney FINALLY not only offered women’s cut shirts, but the tech material was good/ real tech material, not the brillo pad/ cardboard the shirts have been made of in the past!
We had decided that we were going to run together and stay at an easy pace to conserve our legs for the rest of the races we had coming up over the weekend. We loaded into our corral (B), and at 6:15am we were off for the first leg of our Dopey Challenge!
I have to admit I was not particularly thrilled with the 5k. It was incredibly crowded from start to finish and over the entire 3.1 miles we only saw 4 characters!
One of the characters that was out in Epcot’s World Showcase in front of Germany was Dopey. Now I’m not sure who at runDisney thought that this was a good idea with there being 7,000 people running the inaugural Dopey Challenge, but the line for Dopey was unbelievable! We ran right by and finally stopped for this quick picture with Remy and Emile in France.
A quick Spaceship Earth photo on the way out of Epcot….
…and we were quickly at the finish line!
I have to say I was disappointed with the lack of characters and entertainment during the 5k, but since it was starting to drizzle out I left giving them the benefit of the doubt that maybe the rain was the reason there weren’t many characters out.