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2016 WDW 10k Race Recap – Dopey Challenge Day 2

2016 Walt Disney World 10k Race Recap

So, today we are on Day 2 of the Dopey Challenge, the runDisney WDW 10k!

I love 10k runs. They are my ideal distance so I was really looking forward to this. After finding out that my friend, Robert’s wife Lauren would be running and it would be her first Disney run, I asked if she’d like to join with me. I was a little worried because I had planned on walking a good portion to save myself for the half and full but Lauren said she was ok with that. I was so grateful!

2016 Walt Disney World 10k Race Recap

A group of us girls decided to dress up as Mickey , Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy. Loved our themed running gear. Here we are on the bus heading to the race bright and early, at around 3:00am.

2016 runDisney WDW 10k  2016 runDisney WDW 10k

When we got to the race and met up with Lauren, it began to rain a bit. Just a misting rain, but we all made the most of it and had a blast dancing to the DJ beforehand. I think the atmospher pre-race it’s so exciting and fun. I really enjoy getting there early and feeling the party atmosphere!

2016 runDisney WDW 10k
One awesome moment was when the Run Disney announcer, John Pelky, came over and interviewed all of us. What a fantastic memory!!! Have a look:

After that, we split up and headed to corrals. Because the 10k is a smaller race we were on corral E. I was excited because I thought this meant I’d start sooner. For the half and full, I was J but the time between corrals was much longer this time, and the rain began to really start coming down. We ended up waiting to start for almost an hour. If I didn’t have such good company, it would’ve been much worse! Lauren and I huddled up trying to stay dry and warm, just chatting getting to know each other.

2016 runDisney WDW 10kFinally, the race began. Because of the cold and rain we decided to just try and get done asap. I was still getting over a cold and Lauren was planning to do the kids race with her son, so we both agreed to skip character stops unless lines were less than 15 people. (That never happened). We did try and get stops at the mile markers. It was pouring first couple miles. I was just so thankful it wasn’t like this for the full!

2016 runDisney WDW 10k
2016 runDisney WDW 10k

I love when doing Disney races you get to see parts of the parks you don’t typically see. I love this back entrance to Epcot we ran through.

2016 runDisney WDW 10kWe made our way through the Beach Club, and ran past one of my favorite Disney places, The Atlantic Dancehall!

2016 runDisney WDW 10kThe rain had begun to subside but this point and we just walk/ran into the World Showcase. I have to say watching the sunrise whole running through Epcot is breathtaking. These are the moments that make the runs so with the money.

2016 runDisney WDW 10kWe made our way through World Showcase making our way toward Spaceship Earth. We were almost done!

2016 runDisney WDW 10k And here we are at our final marker!

2016 runDisney WDW 10kThe rain had stopped and we were nearing the finish line. I was feeling good and so excited for Lauren to be completing her first Disney run! We crossed the finish line and got our gorgeous medals. Race number 2? Check!

2016 runDisney WDW 10k
2016 runDisney WDW 10k

Thanks for reading! Here’s the video recap from our YouTube Channel if you want to see even more pictures:

And if you missed our two previous recaps, here they are:

Next up, Laura’s recap of the half marathon! Until then, have a joyful day!

About the author: Jackey is a 39 (omg almost 40) year old mom of three boys from Buffalo, NY. She loves anything 80’s and believes she was born ten years later than her soul. She love to sing, dance and make music videos and she’s a huge Buffalo Bills fan! After being a stay at home mom for 10 years, Jackey has recently re-entered the work force as a customer service agent for Southwest Airlines, which is perfect for her love of traveling (free flights) and traveling to run races.

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