Have you heard the latest news from runDisney? Last week runDisney announced that TWO new events will be added to its collection of endurance challenges, with both events occurring during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2014. The first event is the Walt Disney World 10k. This event is planned for Friday, January 10 and the course will take runners around the EPCOT area. The 10k is a mid-distance event that will appeal to those wanting to challenge themselves beyond the 5K but are not quite ready for the longer endurance races. This event was, no doubt, created in response to the popularity of such runDisney events as the Tower to Terror 10miler, and will most certainly fill quickly.
The second event announced last week is the Dopey Challenge. This is the ultimate endurance challenge spanning four days of running events, totaling 48.6 miles. Similar to the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, in which runners take on both the half and full marathons held that weekend, the Dopey run combines ALL the events taking place during Marathon Weekend. Runners will start with the 5k on Thursday, continue with the 10k on Friday and proceed to do the half marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday. Dopey participants will conclude this event filled weekend on Sunday by running the full marathon (26.2 miles). Those brave enough to take on this tremendous test of endurance will not only be rewarded with bragging rights of having run 48.6 miles that weekend, but will also leave sporting SIX medals . Participants in this epic challenge will receive medals for the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and the full marathon. They will also receive two special medals, the Goofy’s Race and a Half challenge medal and the new Dopey medal.
Registration for all events during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, including the WDW 10k and the Dopey Challenge, begins on April 9. Given the great popularity of runDisney events, I would anticipate the Dopey challenge to fill quickly. With the Dumbo Challenge and the Disneyland Half Marathon filling within a day of registration opening to the general public, it would be likely that the inaugural Dopey Challenge will follow suit, despite the hefty price tag.
So, who’s up for the challenge? My sister is strongly considering registering for the Dopey Challenge…which means I, too, must register. After all, I was the one who dragged her into this runDisney obsession by strong-arming her into registering for her first half marathon last year, the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Whatever our decision may be, we had better decide quickly. April 9th is only two and a half weeks away!