|Half Marathon State # 02
Half Marathon #02
On Saturday, November 10, 2012 I ran in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World, which is a night race. We spent the weekend with family at Disney, arriving on Thursday and staying until the Sunday after the race. On Friday, I met up with my friend Becky and we went to the expo together. We did not go when it first opened, as we did for the Disney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler in September, so it was much less crowded. We were able to walk around and take in the various booths, and see the future RunDisney race medals. That night, we ate at the Chef Mickey’s buffet, so I was able to get a variety of meal choices to accommodate my eating practices before a race.
On Saturday morning, race day, we took the family to the Polynesian Resort’s Ohana restaurant for breakfast for a character meal with Lilo & Stitch. The family loved this, and gave me a good breakfast before the race. After breakfast, my wife and the family went to several of the parks, while I went back to our room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Savannah view, and just relaxed for the day. It was nice just to sit out on the balcony, watch the animals on the savannah, and read my next Patricia Cornwell book (4 of 20).
At about 7pm I boarded an event bus, which the Animal Kingdom Lodge was a host resort, and headed to the race. I got to the race start about 7:20 PM. I had no problems with the bus from our resort; however, my friend Becky has enormous problems with the bus crowds at the Boardwalk Villas, she did not arrive until around 8:30 PM.
I meant up with some of my fellow Disney running group, Running of the Ears. We hung out for a while, then we proceeded to hit the Porta-Potty and then get into our Corral. We were in Corral A, and my bib number was 480. The start typical Disney spectacular fashion. Right at 10 PM we were off to the races. Becky and I immediately got separated and never met back up, so I ran most all of this race single. The race went well, the temperature was around 60 degrees, with a 65% humidity. I had no real issues during the race, and maintained a good pace for my new PR goal of breaking the 2 hour barrier for the race.
The race started at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. We ran out to Oseola Parkway to Animal Kingdom Park, and around the park. We came back out of the park, back down Oseola Parkway, and turned onto World Drive, and headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We ran through the Studios, where they had all the Christmas lights up for the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights. It was a nice pick me up here. Out of Studios we ran a path over to pass by the Beach Club Villa Resort and into Epcot, where we passed through and finished at the Epcot Parking lot. Coming to the finish line was awesome, as they had fog machines and a laser light show.
When it was all done, I had not only broken the 2 hour barrier for the half marathon, but PR’ed the race by over 10 minutes from my last half marathon. I finished with a time of 1:56;31 (8:53 pace). I finished overall 892 out of 11,617 participants. I was the 588th male, and the 114th in my age group.
The delay in posting my results was that my chip did not register at the finish line. It had registered at all the previous mats, so they had that data. They went back to photos & video to get my finish time.
Finally, here is the finisher medal. I look pretty rough, as I got back to the room about 1:30am, and we for some reason signed up for an Annual Passholder Preview of the New Fantasyland area in Magic Kingdom. I am glad we did after the fact, as it was really neat to see.
So this concludes another race. My next race will be the Kiawah Island (S.C.) Half Marathon on December 8th.