goofy challenge {part one}
2013 walt disney world half marathon

by @according2kelly on January 8, 2013

following the runDisneygreat medal reveal” last summer, i immediately signed up for the runDisney goofy’s race & a half challenge.


i couldn’t resist the lure of three bright & shiny medals, even if it meant i had to run the walt disney world half marathon AND the walt disney world marathon (a 39.3 mile adventure) in a single weekend…

goofy challenge {part one), walt disney world half marathon

my goofy challenge didn’t just involve running 39.3 miles – it also included the walt disney world marathon weekend meetup, working at the sparkle athletic/ team sparkle booth all 3 days of the expo & a late night costume crafting session.

walt-disney-world-half-marathon-tweet-1goofy-challenge-run-disneyluckily, my partner-in-crime {linda} & i were able to finish all the last minute details on our “goofy” costumes. (we figured we were running the goofy challenge, so we might as well run dressed like goofy – duh!).


we paired turquoise sparkle athletic skirts (& matching turquoise kt tape), with a bright orange tech shirt, that we attached/sewed/glued a “goofy” style vest to, with the very appropriate words “kelly is goofy” & “linda is goofy” on the back.

& while we had originally planned to wear green sparkle athletic sparkle visors with attached goofy ears, at 10:55pm i realized i had forgotten mine – so we made a mad dash to the hotel gift shop (which closed at 11pm) to purchase an official goofy hat. linda was so jealous of my new running gear, that we had to make another mad dash to another hotel gift shop to find one for her too.

finally we fell asleep (after carbo-loading on caramel popcorn), & got a total of 3 hours of sleep – definitely the perfect way to prep for a half marathon!

walt-disney-world-half-marathon-tweet-2team-sparkle-goofy-challengethe walt disney half marathon starts at 5:30am. which meant that we had to head to the start line at 3:30am – oy vey!

if i have any complaint about runDisney races – it’s the fact that i have to wake up so dang early for them.

considering i was still on west coast time, my body felt like it was getting ready for a midnight run.

it it weren’t for the bling & the fabulous-ness that is a runDisney race – i definitely wouldn’t be waking up before the crack of dawn.

walt-disney-world-half-marathon-tweet-3running-goofy-challengeat exactly 5:30 the fireworks burst into the sky as linda, i & 24,000 other soon-to-be-half-marathon-finishers were off & running.


linda & i had only one thing on our game plan – stop for each & every photo opportunity.

we didn’t have a time goal – we just wanted to have fun & take LOTS of pictures.


and take LOTS of pictures we did! we have pictures with belle & the beast, captain jack sparrow, chip ‘n dale, sally & jack skelington. pictures running through the castle, pictures standing in front of the castle.

pictures with the queen of hearts & alice in wonderland, donald & daisy duck & princess tiana. pictures with cinderella & prince charming, lilo, the genie, phineas & ferb, & stitch, just to name a few.

i think we stopped & took over 50 pictures while running the walt disney world half marathon.

when we ran across the finish line, with confetti covering the ground, the announcers calling out our names, & goofy passing out high-fives, i couldn’t believe we had only completed 1/3 of the goofy challenge!

13.1 miles down, & 26.2 miles to go.

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{goofy challenge} 2013 walt disney world half marathon by the numbers:

* total chip time 1:44:33, with a pace of 7:58 minutes per mile
* 27th place out of 2,090 women in my age group
* 138th place out of 13,127 women
* 5K split time 23:33
* 10K split time 48:55
* 15K split time 1:14: 29
* total picture stops: 48

each & every time i race a runDisney i am reminded that they are my absolute, most favorite running events.

there is something truly magical about running through castles & down main streets at walt disney world & disneyland.

so if you haven’t run disney yet – do it. whether it’s your first race, or your tenth, you’re sure to have a magical time.

want to read more about my runDisney walt disney world marathon weekend adventures? be sure to check out my #WDWMarathonMeetup recap.

disclosure: i was invited by runDisney to attend the entire event weekend as media – meaning they were kind enough to cover my hotel expenses at the fabulous yacht club, meals, and all of my race fees.

of course – all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own, because as you already know… i absolutely, totally & completely LOVE runDisney events.




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Lloyd Irvin
Lloyd Irvin

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Karen :0)
Karen :0)

I LOVE your costumes!! Very creative...and YAY for matching Goofy hats and mad-dashes to hotel lobby gift shops late at night!! Fun times! Can't wait to hear about the Full!


There is something so magical about running towards and through the castle! Love your costumes!! Can't wait to read the rest of your adventure!!


I loved following along via instagram and it's great reading your posts now. You did a fantastic job! Can't wait to read the rest.


I can't imagine how you run so fast! It took me 3 hours to do the wine & dine 1/2 and I stopped for pictures maybe 3-4 times!


Well done! Question for you: what camera do you use? Is this your phone or are these done by a Photopass photog? I am running the Princess Half-my first RunDisney event- and want to be sure to capture the goodness :)


Loves your outfits. Great job on the race!!


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