With registration for runDisney Marathon Weekend right around the corner (and sure to sell out in the blink of an eye!) I’m sure many of you are debating whether or not you are going to register and if so, for what races.
I love starting the race in the dark and finishing with the sun up and the parks opening. I love seeing characters spread out and cheering us on along the 26.2 miles. I love running through all 4 of the Walt Disney World Parks that I have so many memories of growing up. And I love accomplishing something as “crazy” as a marathon (or the Dopey Challenge!) in those parks.
From the moment I crossed the finish line of my first Walt Disney World Marathon (also my very first marathon) I knew it was not a “one and done” for me. (In fact I’m pretty sure I immediately exclaimed to my family that I couldn’t wait until next year!)
My second Marathon Weekend I did the Goofy Challenge. I loved training for the added challenge of doing a half and a full marathon on back to back days and getting to do not 1, but 2 races while down in Florida!
Well if 2 races on a trip was good, then FOUR races would be AMAZING!
The Dopey Challenge really was an awesome experience and I am so glad that I did it. When I began running 3 years ago I never would have dreamed of taking on 4 races in 4 days, finishing it all off with a full marathon.
That being said, waking up at 2:30am four days in a row to run was BRUTAL! Honestly, it was exhausting and both the 5k and 10k left much to be desired (although hopefully they’ll make some changes to improve them).
It was also incredibly expensive. For 2015 the Dopey Challenge is priced at $530, the Goofy Challenge is $360 and the marathon alone is $170.
**You can read my post on all my pros & cons of the Dopey Challenge HERE**
With registration time quickly approaching I have to say I’m leaning towards the Goofy Challenge this year. For $170 less and only 2 crazy wake up calls I’ll still get to do my two favorite races of the weekend without being too exhausted to actually enjoy the fact that I’m at Walt Disney World!
Will you be registering for runDisney Marathon Weekend?
What race/ races are you planning on doing??
The anniversary medal for the 2015 Goofy Challenge was also released this weekend.
What do you think?
Does seeing the medal affect your decision to do a race at all?
Below are links to all my runDisney Marathon Weekend experiences if you need any help making your marathon weekend decision (or are just looking for a little light reading!):