We are back from Disney and I am finally ready to share about the Jingle Jungle 5K race, which apparently is now called Mickey's Holiday 5K!
1.Who: For this particular race, I was running with one of my very best friends who is NOT a runner. I emphasize that she is not a runner to show you how much this meant to me that she actually wanted to run a race with me AND that she wanted it to be at Disney. I guess over the years she really was listening when I would talk about running and figured she'd like to participate in something that meant so much to me!
2. What: Mickey's Holiday 5K race is part of Disney's Wine and Dine series of races. I have actually done this particular race before (When it was called the Jingle Jungle 5K) and thought it would be a great race for first timers that wanted the Disney experience and wanted to do a 5K. If you would like a full race report with more details you can read the blog posts HERE and HERE.
3. When: The race started at 6:30 on Friday morning, which is actually quite late for a Disney race but I didn't mind that at ALL, I was very tired from the night before.
In fact, I never even made it to the expo to pick up my bib on Thursday. However, there was a runner relations tent set up at the race on race morning so it was not a problem to get my bib there. All I had to do was bring a photo ID with me. I did however have to go back to the expo and get my race t-shirt.
4. Where : The race started at Animal Kingdom. The start line and finish line were both in the parking lot. The first mile was run in the parking lot and then the second mile started once we entered the park. There were a couple characters in the park but like the last time I ran it, they were mostly characters from the Jungle book that we weren't that familiar with so we didn't stop. I was waiting to see Chip and Dale ( they were there last time I ran it) but I didn't see them this time. We came upon Pluto during the last mile and ironically enough, that's the same character I got a photograph with last time!
5. Why: Since I was doing this race with my friend, we of course were doing it for fun. We did a combination of run-walk. One thing I noticed from the last time I ran it is that it seemed to be darker A LOT longer. It was dark the entire time we were running through the park so it's not like my friend could really experience (or remember much) about the inside of Animal Kingdom. That's okay though because we certainly had fun after the race!
I didn't wear my Garmin so I don't know what our official finish time was. Also, I noticed that there wasn't even a clock at the finish line or at the mile markers. I know this was considered a fun run and not officially timed, but I remember the other Disney 5Ks I did had the clocks out. I didn't really care though because running with my friend was the main goal.
I always liked this race and I would say that I would consider doing it again, but now that all the Disney races have added the "challenges" with the 10Ks, the 5Ks get pushed back to Friday mornings instead of Saturdays which doesn't make traveling all that convenient. -M
Thanks for joining us for this Friday Five!