On Saturday, February 20th, I woke up at 3am. Was I crazy? Maybe. But I decided to run a Disney race, and it’s up bright and early for them! Well, I shouldn’t say bright and early. It wasn’t bright because the sun wasn’t even up yet. But I got on my Tiana running costume and headed out to the bus with two of my friends at 3:30am. We were going to the Enchanted 10k! This one is a special one for me because 2 years ago, it was the first real race I ever did and the thing that got me hooked on running.
We were into the race area in Epcot by 3:45 am. Given that the race didn’t start until 5:30 we still had a lot of time. They were doing some meet and greets with Princesses. Normally I don’t care too much since I can see most of the princesses all over the place, but when I saw Tiana was out I knew I had to get a picture with her since that was my costume! We were just going to be standing around anyway so we got in line. It took about half an hour but I got my photo! And then literally after my picture was taken Tiana disappeared and was replaced by Belle. I was the last one to get a Tiana photo and I am so, so thankful it worked out – I would have been super disappointed otherwise!
I was in corral B for the 10k, which meant I started the race at around 5:40am. It was pretty chilly that morning, and I kept my throwaway jacket on for almost the first two miles. I told myself to take it slow for the 10k to not tire myself out, but I get so caught up in the excitement and the exhilaration that it was hard!
Anna and Elsa waved to us from one of the overpasses, and I also ran past a few character stops – the witch from Snow White, Tinkerbell and her fairy friends, and Pocahontas and Meeko (I got a picture with them my first year doing the 10k, back in 2014!). After the 5k mark we entered the Epcot World Showcase area. Like last year the random guys on stilts were out and I still don’t know what they’re from, but I grabbed a quick photo with them!
I love running through the World Showcase. Last year the sun was rising when I was there but this year due to starting earlier and being a bit faster it was still dark – but still beautiful. I told myself I would stop for character photos if there were any I really liked or really rare ones. In Italy I passed by Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio (I had stopped for Jiminy last year). Once I got to France though, I knew I would be taking a break. Lumiere and Cogsworth were out for photos! I’ve never seen them out for pictures before and I love Beauty and the Beast so this was a must stop for me.
Then it was out of Epcot and onto the Boardwalk area. I saw the genie in his vacation outfit and the line wasn’t too long so I stopped again. Then we ran past the Beach and Yacht Club and made our way back to Epcot, where Sofia the First was doing photos. Once we got into the park we entered up by the Figment ride and ran down past Nemo. They had some random coral reef stilt people out and they were so unique looking that I had to stop for another photo.
After running past Spaceship Earth we were almost done! I finished the 10k in 1 hour and 15 minutes, with a pace of 12:09 minutes per mile. I can do a 10k much faster now but not at Disney with all of the crowds and the character stops! I love the 10k distance and the route this one takes. The 10k is always a winner and I had a great time – of course this time it was just the warm up for the half marathon the following day! I grabbed my medal, got my snack box, and headed back on to the bus. There was just enough time for a quick shower and nap before breakfast at Ohana!
Which characters would you have stopped for? Have you ever run a 10k at Disney?