Boy oh boy, Disney races start so early… The half marathon was going to start around 5:35 I believe and they wanted you through bag check by 4:30. Craziness! I figured if we left the hotel at 3:50 I would be at bag check soon after 4 am, I could meet some blog buddies and then be in my corral in time for the start.
Um…yeah…that is not what happened.
We turned out of our hotel and made out way to the main highway to get to Epcot. We ran into the most insane traffic I have ever seen. We were barely moving. I watched the clock tick.
4:30 came and went and I knew my blog buddies were now making their way to the start. We were still really far away. Inch, inch, inch towards Epcot. Finally at about 5:15 we were on the edge of the parking lot. Dad slowed to a stop and I jumped out of the car. I left my sweats in the car, raced through bag check and hit the porta potties on the other side. While I was in there the announcer was frantically telling us to get to the start as the race was about to start. And oh yeah, I was supposed to be in the second wave so I was pretty sure I’d miss that opportunity.
From the porta potties I raced the long way to the start. I found the final corral but I wanted to see how far up I could get. The fireworks went off signalling the start for the first wave. Crap! I managed to make my way near the front and spied the B Corral. I was able to make my way through to the back of the corral just a moment before we were supposed to start.
Alright, time to run a race I hadn’t really trained for…
By the way, I’m not sure if there were too many people on the road or what was going on, but I was quite disappointed that traffic control was not in place to help move traffic into Epcot before the start. It shouldn’t have taken us over an hour to drive what normally takes less than 10 minutes. My one gripe from the weekend.