Racing Disney: Planning your “Racecation” by Guest Blogger Addie Clark Hey there Main Streeters! And Happy New Year! Hope you’re still off to a good start! Did you resolve to run a Disney race this year? If so, then I’ve got a new set of info for you: planning your “Racecation”.
Once you’re registered for the race, its time to start thinking about how you want to spend your time when you aren’t running! Do you want to hit the parks while your there? Hang out at the Expo? Just relax at your resort in between races?
This is the first thing you have to decide. I will suggest staying at a designated “race hotel” for whatever race you’re running. They vary based on the event (for the more popular events, all hotels are host hotels, but smaller events have a specific list). The reason I suggest this is that all race weekend transportation is provided free of charge to you by staying at one of these properties. And since roads start getting closed down the night before the race, you don’t have to worry about traffic making you late for the starting line!
If you are on a budget, don’t feel like you have to hit the parks. The Expo has it’s own schedule of events that are free of charge that you can attend. You can also relax by the pool at your resort. But if you’re like me, you can’t run through the parks in the morning and not go back that day, especially when you don’t get to go that often. Regardless, don’t expect to be able to do as much as you may do in a normal day at the Disney Parks.
Why, you may ask? Well, three reasons really. The first is that you won’t get the same early start you may get on a normal vacation. The second is that the wake up calls for these races is extremely early (we’re talking 3 am) and you can’t stay out for all the late-night magic like you normally do. The third is that you may need to move a little slower than normal, especially if you’re doing a challenge and have multiple races in the weekend.
So it’s up to you how to spend your “Racecation”. Whether you spend it at the resort, the Expo, the parks or a combination of the three, it’s sure to be a magical experience.
TMSM is very excited to publish the first in a series of runDisney articles by Addie Clark. Please keep an eye out for more of Addie’s articles as she prepares for her upcoming race! If you missed the first articles in Addie’s series make sure you check them out!! Racing Disney: An Introduction,Racing Disney: Picking your Race, Racing Disney: Picking a Training Program and Racing Disney: Staying Motivated and Avoiding Injury; Racing Disney: Proof of Time and Coast to Coast; and Racing Disney: Costuming 101
Images Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog and runDisney
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