The night before the 2014 Neverland Family 5k was my brother’s 30th birthday, so I didn’t get to bed quite as early as planned. I woke up at 4:55 am (five minutes before my alarm was set to go off) and had butterflies in my stomach I was so excited. I was also exhausted. For one brief second, I considered shutting my alarm off and going back to sleep. I knew this wouldn’t be a true run for me as I had fallen off the running wagon, but instantly threw the thought out of my head and got up. I quickly dressed, took a selfie (no, I am not posting that selfie. I do not take good selfies. It was bad, really bad) and headed out the door. We were staying at one of the Good Neighbor Hotels (plug for the Best Western Park Place Inn and Minisuites) across the street from Disneyland so I was about a five minute walk to the Disneyland main entrance.
One of the things I loved about the Neverland Family Fun Run (by one, I mean one of the thousand things I loved!) was the course. The 5k race started on Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland Park. Aahhhh, it was really, really amazing! I got to the start line in decent time and started in the B corral. I was pretty much right in front of the castle.
|This is the map from the 2013 5k, but it's the same course so you get the idea!|
|Race announcers, Rudy & Carissa|
|The castle lit up and the deejay playing music before the race start. I was directly behind the deejay.|
|Fireworks before the race starts|
|The starting line right beside Pixie Hollow (to the right of the castle)|
You’re probably wondering now if I ran the whole 5k? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t have ran the whole 5k even if I had been training…I’m more of a Galloway approach kind-of gal (run/walk). Basically how this race went, I ran for as long as I could and when I got tired, I pulled to the right side and walked for a bit. I found there were all types on the course: speedy runners, walkers, families, all different speeds, etc.
Another one of the thousand things I loved about this experience was the attention to detail. There were Neverland 5k logos projected onto the sides of buildings and marquees changed to congratulate the runners. Disney cast members and custodial staff were out all over the course cheering on the runners.
|Custodial staff cheering on the runners. This picture doesn't show it, but they were also holding signs.|
|5k logo projected onto a building backstage|
|The lost boys on the Rivers of America. This had something to do with the story line and they had microphones and were talking to the runners as we went past.|
|Running through Carsland|
|Rudy & Carissa|
|The finish line|
|"Official" Race Photo|