Today was the early registration for the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend. As a Walt Disney World passholder I was able to register for the 10k at noon. I ran the half this year, but since I wasn’t too happy with the course I decided to just do the 10k next year. It turns out that the 10k and half courses are changing for next year! The exact courses won’t be released until closer to the race, but according to the runDisney website both races will start on Floridian Way and end in Epcot. This is very exciting for me because I love ending the races in Epcot. Ending in the Wide World of Sports complex didn’t feel as magical as it would have if the finish line was right after passing Spaceship Earth and running through a park. Floridian Way is a new starting area which is right near the Transportation and Ticket Center. I am hoping that we can just take the monorail to the starting line and avoid the buses all together.
I am happy to say that my parents will be joining me this time at their first 10k! They usually do the 5ks with me, but the 5ks are getting less and less practical. The price has gone from $65 when I started running them to $80! $80 for a 5k?! That’s a little insane. I suspect that the price increase is related to the fact that they are giving out medals now instead of the rubber medallions as before. The 5ks also give out cotton unisex t-shirts instead of tech training shirts like the higher distance races, but my main reason for not doing the 5ks anymore is that they are not timed. The reason I justify paying the high Disney prices is for the best possible scenario for me to set a PR. If it is not timed, then it is just not worth it. I told my parents these points and they agreed. My Dad said that he is really going to train for this 10k. They were both nervous about double the distance then they are used to, but I know that they will do great!