As an added bonus, we got to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and check out Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival. More on those in another blog, though...
I am SO glad we decided to try this race. It was my first nighttime race, and so required a totally different type of prepping. If you are a runner and want to know more about that process, check out my post on the Running at Disney (RAD) website!
So let's start at the beginning. On Friday morning, we headed to the ESPN Sports Complex for the Race Expo; here, we picked up our race gear and of course, did some shopping. :)
There were also some great photo ops! After posing with our race number (hubby forgot to grab his for the pic), we headed to the Josten's Booth for a special photo, which was a free download for following runDisney on Instagram.
What a fun start to the weekend! Of course, the race wasn't until Saturday evening, so we spent time touring the Magic Kingdom on Friday, then spent the early part of Saturday at Epcot.
Since there was a race in our very near future, we had to be careful not to overdo it in the parks (quite a tall order!). We made a good move and stayed at the Boardwalk, so we only had a short walk to head back to our room for a nap. We prepped our gear, rested for a couple of hours, and then it was time to get ready!
A running tutu is a must for me. After all, where else can you wear such a thing without getting strange looks??
Time to walk over to Hollywood Studios! It was a beautiful evening, and the walk helped to warm our muscles. Plus, it was nice not to have to wait for a bus; we were able to arrive with plenty of time to enjoy the pre-race festivities.
|Signing the "Guest Book" for the Hollywood Tower Hotel|
|Fireworks for every corral!|
And off we went! Much of the beginning of the race was on the highway; we left the studios and headed toward Animal Kingdom. In true Disney style, there was constant entertainment throughout the otherwise empty stretch of road. There were also lots of fun decorations.
|Ordinarily I hate spiders, but... well, it's a Disney spider!|
Time to loop back... we had to head toward the ESPN Sports Complex for the next leg of our run. We passed some more Villains, notably the Hyenas and Jafar, and then it was time to take a shortcut via the Haunted Trail!
|Yup. Rib bones... yikes!|
|Why yes, she IS holding an apple...|
|You can't see the shovel... but he's dragging it and creating sparks. CREEPY! And amazing...|
|Ever since I saw him dance to "What Does the Fox Say?", I've had a soft spot for this villain.|
|Lights, Motor, Action!|
|Flight of the Navigator, anyone?|
|Hats! Or more technically, a millinery.|
A big part of the 10-Miler is the Villain's Bash. If you love the Disney Villains, this is the place for you! The shops were open, replete with fun merch and sweet treats:
Of course, the rides were open, so we paid a call to the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
The are near the Sorcerer's Hat boasted a DJ, and also meet and greets with Cruella De Vil and The Queen.
I found out that there were many other Villain greets throughout the park, so I went searching and found:
|Shan Yu (from "Mulan") tried to intimidate me; but I wasn't having any of it. :)|
|Pain & Panic from "Hercules"|
|Darth Vader & the Storm Troopers|
I missed Gaston, Boba Fett, and Cruella, sadly, but by this point, the party was starting to wind down. Time for a walk back to the Boardwalk.
I would absolutely run this race again. Although it is not scheduled for 2015, I'm hopeful that they will bring the race back after the renovations are finished at Hollywood Studios. I'm guest blogging on the RAD website again on Monday, so if you want to know more about the Villain's Bash, stay tuned via Facebook or Twitter for the link!