I’ve got my first half marathon coming up at the end of this month, but I’m not nearly as excited for it as I am for my first marathon which will be in January. Of course, it could have everything to do with where I’ll be running my first marathon. You see, if you know me by now, you know I don’t do anything on a small scale. No, *shakes head* running a marathon in my hometown for my first one isn’t good enough…nope, not for me…
*shouts it from the mountain* I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD FOR MY FIRST MARATHON!!!
Yes, I’m going to Disney World for my first marathon. Or maybe running the marathon is just a bonus of my trip to Disney World…hahaha…whatever the case may be, I’m going to run in the 2009 WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon.
There’s so much excitement in me right now, it’s another thing I’m counting down towards, it’s bigger than Christmas! I’m gonna hit all the Disney World parks in one day! I’ve never even been to all the parks let alone gone to more than one in a single day.
Imagine with me if you will:
The race starts outside of Epcot (for about a mile), we go in through the main entrance and past the big golfball thing, which according to my sources is Spaceship Earth. And then it looks like I’ll exit Epcot somewhere between China and Germany.
During miles 4-8, I’ll run on the open road past Epcot heading towards the Walt Disney World® Speedway. By the time I get to the Speedway, I’ll have run 8 miles. I’ll run around the Speedway, maybe see Disney’s Polynesian Resort across the Speedway parking lot and then enter mile 9.
I’ll go past the Magic Kingdom right by Space Mountain (my most favorite Magic Kingdom ride). We wind our way to the front of the Magic Kingdom and we enter the park. I’ll go up Main Street, U.S.A through Tomorrowland near the Astro Orbiter (aka the rockets), through Fantasyland and then…wait for it…I get to run through Cinderella’s Castle. It appears that I’ll then run through Liberty Square, past Adventureland, and through Frontierland, exiting not far from Splash Mountain (which is usually the first ride I ride). All that is only one whole mile.
For miles 11-13, it looks as though I’ll run with the view of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in sight.
And then, from the map I’m looking at, things appear to get boring. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I was running past a golf course.
Luckily, at Mile 15, I’m entering Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As far as I can guess, it will be near the Affection Section (read: petting zoo. goats, pigs, llamas, etc). By mile 16, I’ll be nearing Expedition Everest (I rode that about 6 times when I was at Disney World this past year, it really is the only reason to go to the Animal Kingdom, in my opinion of course.) Then it’s through Dinoland U.S.A® (which really got lame in my opinion, it was better in 1999). Then we go to the front of the park, past Rainforest Cafe and we’re back on the road. By this time, I’m at mile 18 and I only have 8.2 more miles to run.
During miles 18-22 it looks like I will run past Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Wide World Of Sports Complex, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.
And then finally, at mile 22.5ish, I get to enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’ll enter near The Twilight Tower of Terror (which is my favorite ride in this park). I’m not sure, but it looks like we’re running behind Mickey Avenue Animation Courtyard, through the Backlot, around Mickey’s Sorcerer hat, down Hollywood Boulevard and then out of the park.
Mile 24 will be spent running past Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. And then it’s back to Epcot.
I’ll enter Epcot via France and begin the last 1.2 miles of my very first marathon. I’ll run past Morocco, Japan, America, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico before heading back into Future World and towards Spaceship Earth.
I’ll finish my first marathon in the Epcot Parking lot.
Do you need to visualize the path, yeah, I can’t blame you, it’s a lot to follow. Here’s the map of the Walt Disney World Marathon course.
I’d like to think I’d be ready to go ride some rides, but I’m thinking I might need lunch first at the RainForest Cafe once I’m done.
I must admit, now that I’ve mentally run through my first marathon, it’s a bit daunting. But, I think if I can keep the pace that I seem to be stuck with right now in running I’ll finish in just over 5 and a half hours.
It really is really exciting, I can’t wait!