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    Coast-to-Coast with the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare

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    Met Sean Astin!

    This Labour Day weekend, I earned my runDisney Coast to Coast Challenge medal. A few short days after I did Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge in January, the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare was announced. A very similar concept to Goofy, but a much more civilized distance of a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday, I just couldn’t resist – after all, Dumbo is one of my all-time favourite Disney characters, and I had never been to Disneyland.

    Of course, now that I am sitting here, trying to write a race report, I find myself in the exact same predicament that I did with Goofy: how do you put something so epic into words that do it justice? I am not trying to be precious when I say it is hard to describe the Disney magic – but it really is! Yep, I have totally drunk the Kool-Aid.

    Anyway, let’s see…maybe I should do this in pictures.

    On Friday morning, I had the privilege of attending the Social Media Meet Up. The 10K has an Alice in Wonderland theme, so you may notice a few features from that movie:

     

    Met Sean Astin!
    Met Sean Astin!
    Ran down Main Street USA
    Ran down Main Street USA
    Yes, we stopped in the middle of a 2 mile run to ride the Teacups!
    Yes, we stopped in the middle of a 2 mile run to ride the Teacups!
    Met Joey Fatone...
    Met Joey Fatone…
    Had a rather 'mad' Tea Party
    Had a rather ‘mad’ Tea Party

    The inaugural Disneyland 10K started at 6:15 in the morning (theoretically, if you wanted, you could run the 5K and the 10K, as the 5K started at 5:30 – you just have to watch your timing as the races start in waves). We headed out into the streets of Anaheim in the dark – but it was quite humid that morning. We got into Disney’s California Adventure Park at about 2.5 miles, then on to Disneyland at about 3.5 miles, then for the grand finale, ran through Downtown Disney for mile 6.

    Got going at dawn...
    Got going at dawn…

     

    Saw Paradise Pier for the first time
    Saw Paradise Pier for the first time
    Met the Monsters
    Met the Monsters
    ...the Tweedles (Dee and Dum)...
    …the Tweedles (Dee and Dum)…
    ...and Cinderella and her ugly step-sisters (see what they did there??)
    …and Cinderella and her ugly step-sisters (see what they did there??)

    On Sunday, the half marathon began at 5:30 am. Being on Eastern time, that was like a wonderful 8:30 am start, but with all of the cool and dark of 5:30 – and it was much less humid. I thought I would be disappointed that the course left the parks at mile 4, but the entertainment for the remaining 9 miles was really quite spectacular. I didn’t get as many pictures on Sunday – which I regret, by the way – but here are a few…

    I am dressed as Vanellope from 'Wreck it Ralph' if you're wondering...
    I am dressed as Vanellope from ‘Wreck it Ralph’ if you’re wondering…
    Darth Vader was on break. This is why the rebels won.
    Darth Vader was on break. This is why the rebels won.
    There were over 300 classic cars - with their cheering owners - lining the streets
    There were over 300 classic cars – with their cheering owners – lining the streets
    And finally...look at all the bling! I didn't even have the 10K medal with me...
    And finally…look at all the bling! I didn’t even have the 10K medal with me…
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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

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    1. Never been to Disneyland?! Well you sure rectified that in style Karen. Sounds like a blast, especially for someone so young at heart ad yourself.
      Congrats on the coast-to-coast thing and for keeping the fun in running.

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