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:
I’m pretty sure my next text was something like this:
OH. MY. GOD. JANUARY. 10k. NEWSIES COSTUMES!!!!!!
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!
**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…
…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!
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!)…
…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!
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!
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!