Sunday, September 17, 2006
We ran thru Disneyland!
We did it! We earned this super cool medal for running the Inaugural Disneyland 1/2 marathon.
I have to say it was the most entertaining and well supported run I've ever done. The course was a bit narrow and crowded, especially through the park, and they told us to show up way too early, but other than that....no complaints.
So our day started with getting up at 3:30 to have a bite to eat and be at the start by 4:30, as directed by the instructions we received in the mail. Yeah, well we really just ended up standing around for 1-1/2 hours until the start at 6:00. Around start time there was evidently some entertainment, but our corral was too far back to see much. At last we heard the count down and 9 minutes later we crossed the start line. We're off!
We ran through Downtown Disney, through California Adventure and through Disneyland itself. Tina and I agreed that next year we need to bring a camera because there were Disney characters all over the place that we wanted to have our picture taken with! If we do it again, we'll be doing it for the entertainment value alone and not for time!
After we left the park, about mile 4, we headed out onto the streets of Anaheim for the most boring part of the run. Granted, the planners tried to liven things up by having marching bands, hula dancers, Mexican dancers, all sorts of stuff along the route. But running down city streets is, I think, inherently boring. Then about mile 9 we hit Angels stadium! We ran around the track and were projected onto the big screen! That was way cool.
About 2-1/2 more miles through city streets and we were back into the park for the home stretch. We hit the finish line at 2:28! YES! I wanted to be under 2:30 and we did it! Three cheers for us! Go Tina and Kristi! :-)
Posted by Kris at 9:20 PM