I wanted to share a bost post that I wrote last month - hope you get a chuckle out of it!
Last month, I got to hang out for five days with a gang of great people that have been the backbone of Do Away With SMA (www.doawaywithsma.org) for the past year. How did we celebrate? Well, got a little Dopey.
That’s right: we got Dopey.
In Run Disney terms, The Dopey (up through 2013) was an unofficial event where several thousand runners would descend on Walt Disney World in early January and run a 5k race on a Friday, followed by a half marathon on Saturday, and finish up with a full marathon on Sunday. The half marathon and full marathon, when run by the same person over the weekend, was called “going Goofy” – and as a reward for completing 39.3 miles over the weekend, the runner scored a third medal with Goofy on it. The 2014 version of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend made The Dopey an official Disney term. However, in order to complete this feat, the runner would have to run a 5k on Thursday, followed by a 10k on Friday, and THEN have a very Goofy weekend. Four days, 48.6 miles. Six medals to show for your efforts. Four days of waking up at 2am to prepare for each event.
My friends and I rented a treehouse villa in the Saratoga Springs resort for five days, and we had an absolute blast! The days were long, and sleep was almost non-existent. The grogginess, however, was well worth it! The highlight of the marathon weekend was when my friends Mitch and Brian got dressed up as Ana and Elsa and ran the 10k. A few months earlier, they said that if a certain amount of money was donated to Do Away With SMA in order to help fight spinal muscular atrophy (the #1 genetic killer of children under the age of two in the world), they would run the 10k race as these two Disney Nordic princesses. Tagging along as they ran their “victory lap”, complete with make-up and rather stylish wigs, was hysterical! What a fantastic effort for a sound reason. I cannot properly express my gratitude to the two of them.
Run Disney knows how to organize a solid event. If you’ve never run before and are seriously considering taking the leap and going “couch to 5k”, Marathon Weekend in Walt Disney World is a fantastic way to break into the running community!