Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Disney Family Fiesta 5k

Today I ran my first race of the year, the 2012 Disney Family Fiesta 5k.  Alek, Rebecca, and Jason (Rebecca's boyfriend) ran with me.  The race started at 6:30 AM.  We left the hotel at 4:50 to get to the starting line.  In Disney style, there was  starting line entertainment.  The DJ helped get us warmed up since it was a chilly 46 degrees at starting time.

The race had three starting waves.  The first was for people planning to run a 6-9 minute pace; the second for other runners; and the third was meant for people with strollers and walkers.  We decided to start with the second wave but found getting into the corral to be difficult with so many people crowded around.  We still hadn't gotten in as the race was starting so we decided to jump a barricade to start with wave 2.

Disney used fireworks as the starting gun and we were off.  Slowly.  Although the second wave was supposed to be runners we encountered many walkers during the race.  As a result there was quite a bit of congestion.  But, it was still a fun run around Epcot.  We finished in 34:31 with a 10:42 pace.   As race souvenirs we have bibs with our names on them and finisher medals featuring the Three Caballeros.  It was great to run with people I know!