Saturday morning started off bright and early – we had to be at the start of the Neverland 5k by 5:45am. This was my second Disney 5k – but by far my favorite. I had done the Happy Haunted Trails 5k (during the Tower of Terror 10 Miler weekend), but the course just wound its way through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This entire race would be run in both Disneyland and California Adventure. My friend Alison and I made our way over to the Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland for the start. Based on the time we arrived, we were in corral C. Our only goal for this race was to take our time and stop for LOTS of photos.
We turned the corner and quickly found our first group of characters – Wendy and Peter Pan. Advice for anyone running a runDisney race is dress in costume. I went as Capitain Hook – rocking a Raw Threads, Team Sparkle Skirt, a red Sweaty Band, and a hook and sword I bought on closeout from the Disney Store. We got noticed and once I finished the race saw that we made the official @runDisneytv twitter feed; a major highlight of the weekend. We wound our way through a backstage area and took pictures with different parade floats.
Next up was Toontown where we ran into Goofy and Pluto.
Even though the line was really long, we decided we had to wait for Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, so I could get a picture with my costume inspiration.
As we were waiting in line for a picture with the Lost Boys, we saw sweeper golf carts approaching. We apparently were having too good of a time and were in dangerous of not finishing. Since there was only one person in front of us, we decided to wait it out and try to sprint ahead of them. Luckily there was not many characters between the remaining section in Disneyland, so we realized we were in the clear.
My favorite area to run in was Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure. I got to see this area a little bit yesterday during the Tink Half Meet Up, but I loved getting to see this area again. We came out of Cars Land and headed down Paradise Pier and were greeted with a huge line of 100+ people waiting for a picture with Minnie and Mickey. We decided we were going to pass up this character opportunity. While this race was untimed, we estimated our time to be around an hour and fifteen minutes. This was BY FAR my slowest 5k time ever, but it was also one of the most fun races I have ever done. I loved all the unique character opportunities we were able to take advantage of. Another great race is in the books!!