Dopey Challenge: The 10k

I have to admit, I was pretty excited about the 10k.  Honestly, for no reason other than it was NEWSIE DAY!


The idea for the Newsie costumes came about a few months ago when I text some friends letting them know I was dancing around my moms kitchen to the Newsies music we had just downloaded, newspaper prop and all (because who doesn’t share exciting news like that with their friends??).

They didn’t believe me, so I sent them this picture for proof:

Pre Newsie Pic

I’m pretty sure my next text was something like this:


It didn’t take long for the 3 of them to get on board (we may have even gotten together one weekend in December to watch the movie for “research” purposes), and along the way we recruited a few other Newsies to form this rag tag group ready to carry the banner during the Inaugural Walt Disney World 10k!

Newsies Pre Race

Newsies Patrick, Eric, Jenn, Daniel, Me, Roy and James

**Special shout out to James on the right (above) who heard of the Newsies planned adventure only the day before and was SO excited by it that he actually went out and put together a Newsies costumes so he could help carry the papes around the world!**

As we made our way to our corral we definitely generated a bit of interest as people began to recognize who we were.  We even made a few stops a long the way for other people to take pictures of us!

We also often got “recognized” as the chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins…

Chimney Sweeps

…the first few times we tried to correct people, but after awhile we just went with it and yelled back “Chim-Chim-Cheree!”.

Before we get to the actual running, I should mention it was HOT.  And HUMID.  And you’ll notice that most of us were running in long pants, long sleeves and hats.  Just a quick disclaimer for all the remaining photos in this post: IT WAS A VERY SWEATY RACE.  Consider yourself warned.

We crossed the starting line newspapers in hand and ready to Seize the 10k!

10k Start

Honestly, the first 3 miles of this course were pretty boring and I only remember seeing 1, maybe 2 characters throughout that whole highway portion.  We Newsies entertained ourselves by singing and dancing (as any good Newsie does!) and discussing how running in long pants and hats wasn’t the best idea we had ever come up with…

At around mile 3.5 we entered Epcot for a lap around World Showcase where we celebrated our strike victory in America (if you haven’t seen Newsies GO WATCH IT!)

10k Group Newsies Jump

…before moving on to a lap around the Boardwalk and Yacht & Beach Clubs.  I actually really liked running along the Boardwalk, but all I could think was, “wow, this must be SO loud for the poor people staying in the rooms right here!”

I even tried to sell a newspaper to some of the spectators out along the Boardwalk – no takers though (probably because they couldn’t figure out what a chimney sweep was doing selling newspapers).

At this point we had only seen about 4-5 characters all race and hadn’t stopped for any since the lines were so long.  We came around the corner out of the Beach Club heading back towards Epcot and spotted Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum without much of a line so we stopped and got in our one character photo!

10k Dee and Dum

We made our way through backstage at Epcot, past Spaceship Earth and towards the finish where the 7 Newsies crossed the finish line together triumphantly!

10k Medal Pic

Roy, Jenn, Daniel, Me, Eric, Patrick and James

As hot and sweaty as we were by the end of this race, running as Newsies (or chimney sweeps) was a lot of fun!  Not only did a lot of people recognize us, but they were really excited about our costumes – GO NEWSIES! 

Seize the Day

9.3 miles down, 39.3 to go!

If you missed my 5k recap you can find it HERE.

37 thoughts on “Dopey Challenge: The 10k

  1. AHH, LOVE IT! I totally saw you guys! I was running past your group when you were taking the photo by American Adventure. I wasn’t positive it was you, otherwise I would have stopped! What an awesome costume idea. Glad you enjoyed the 10K, and I can’t even imagine how hot you guys must have been…I was sweating my ass off in short sleeves/capris!

  2. New reader here – cute and original idea. I love Newsies too. I remember seeing it in theaters way back in 1992, and when I was in NYC last year for a work trip, I treated myself to seeing the Broadway show. Looks like you and your friends had a great time.

  3. I did think of your group when I went to breakfast Friday morning. We stayed at the Boardwalk so I walked to the bakery, and immediately got assaulted by the humidity wall. I don’t know how y’all did it in those costumes but congrats on making it through!

  4. This was amazing. And then you did the Newsie jump and it was propelled to an entirely different level.

    • Haha YES! My one goal during this race was to get a good Newsies jump picture – success!

      We even tried to get a good group jump across the finish line but of the ones I’ve seen so far from Marathonfoto we all look more like we’re just flailing around.

  5. I agree that the first few miles were buh-or-ing. There’s so much at Disney, why did we have to start out on the dark roads? I’m so glad you wore the costumes and also blogged about it, because that’s how I recognized y’all! And we got a photo to prove it!

  6. Pingback: Dopey Challenge: The Half Marathon | Live, Run, Grow

  7. You guys looked so cute! It was great “running” into you. I love hearing what people mistake costumes for. When I was Belle, somewhere yelled, “Go milkmaid!” Okaaaay. So funny. I loved running the BoardWalk too.

    • Ha! “Go Milkmaid”?? Oh well, I guess they get an A for effort for being out there cheering us on, right??! It’s funny because I hadn’t even thought about us looking like chimney sweeps, but after people started saying it I was like, “hmmm…I guess so”!

  8. “probably because they couldn’t figure out what a chimney sweep was doing selling newspapers” LOL!!!

    I totally saw you guys before the start, but had to run back to bag check and by the time we got back, yall were gone. Boo! One day we’ll get to say hello in person!

  9. Pingback: Weekly Training Recap | Live, Run, Grow

  10. Pingback: RAD Recap for January 19, 2014 | Running At Disney

  11. Pingback: Dopey Challenge: The Full Marathon | Live, Run, Grow

  12. Pingback: Dopey Challenge: Meeting Some Friends Along the Way! | Live, Run, Grow

  13. So many Newsie references, so little time. But wth? They wouldn’t “buy your last pape”?!?! Maybe you didn’t cough believable enough…or maybe they just didn’t realize it’s a fine life, carrying the banner. OK…I think I might be done.

  14. Pingback: 2015 runDisney Marathon Weekend – Registration’s Coming! | Live, Run, Grow

Leave a Thought!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s