Whatever the distance or where ever it took place, I'm sure you put a lot of hard work into your training, a lot of blood sweat and tears (especially for the half marathon and marathon training) but you knew it would all be worth it to make it to the start line and then get to the finish line and collect your reward.
Yes, that is always the plan, but what happens when things don't work out like that due to circumstances that are out of your control.
When you sign a Disney race waiver, you are consenting that you know there are risks involved and that you will not be refunded. So, if it cancels, it cancels. However, Disney did offer some compensation through park tickets, refunds in the form of Disney cards, entry into another run Disney race, or limited entry into the Marathon on Sunday.
Now I know there are many logistical issues that go into planning a race of this size and I don't claim to know nearly as much as others do about races but I was wondering why Disney couldn't hold the half marathon during the same time as the full marathon like they use to years ago. If they didn't have the staff to man the half marathon route as it broke away from the marathon route then perhaps they could put a mock finish line at mile 13.1 of the marathon. This way folks would still get to run their Disney race.
Even though the race was cancelled, runner's still received their medals. Many of them decided to make up the distance with their own runs around Disney property!
This year was the 20th anniversary of the WDW half marathon. Since it was not actually put on, I wonder if they will name the 2018 WDW marathon the 20th instead?
Now, this isn't the first time that people have been disappointed in a race that they did not get to complete due to issues beyond their control.
In 2015 The Disney Wine and Dine race became a half of the half when the course got cut short due to lightning.
In 2016 Some runners dreams of a BQ were cut short when a freight train went through the Lehigh Valley Marathon course bringing runners to a halt for more than 10 minutes. (But they DID finish)
Also in 2016 the Vermont City Marathon ended early due to excessive heat.
In 2013 The Boston marathon was brought to a stop. I'm sure you remember this story. If not, You can read Lacey's experience HERE.
In 2007 the Chicago marathon was shut down after temps reached 88 degrees and 185 runners were sent to the ER (and one death).
Of course we all remember the controversy in 2012 when the NYC Marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. (The race wasn't really cancelled due to the storm but due to the fact the city could not dedicate the resources to it during that time).
Also this weekend the Mississippi marathon was cancelled due to ice and snow.
This is in no way a complete list of races that have been cut short or cancelled. We'd love to hear about more from you guys.
Have you ever traveled for a race that didn't happen or got cut short? Tell us about it.