goofy challenge {part two}
2013 walt disney world marathon

by @according2kelly on January 10, 2013

gooys challenge

the runDisney goofy challenge is perfectly named… only someone (or make that 10,000 someone’s) would be crazy enough, or rather goofy enough, to take on this insane adventure.

running a half marathon, 13.1 miles, is exhausting enough on it’s own. but, when you are running the goofy challenge, that’s just the warmup.


after running the walt disney world half marathon on saturday, i had only completed 1/3 of the runDisney goofy challenge.


24 hours later, i was back at the starting line, this time ready to run the walt disney world marathon.

yep! you read that correctly. after running 13.1 miles on saturday, the very next day i ran a full marathon – all 26.2 miles of it.walt-disney-world-marathon-goofy-challenge-1 walt-disney-world-marathon-start

goofy challenge {part two), walt disney world marathon

just like the day before, linda & i were dressed to impressed.

wearing our sparkle athletic/ team sparkle skirts & goofy-inspired running costumes two days in a row, made sure that people recognized & remembered us all along the course.


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

considering i had left my garmin in the hotel room, it was probably a good thing we didn’t have a time goal.


after an amazing rendition of the national anthem, which i’ll admit brought tears to my eyes, linda, i & 25,000 other soon-to-be-half-marathon-finishers were off & running (literally).


this year’s marathon course had us running through all four walt Disney world theme parks (epcot, magic kingdom, disney’s animal kingdom park, & disney’s hollywood studios),  the high-banked walk disney world speedway where stock, indy & fancy sports cars typically race, the espn wide world of sports complex & through champion stadium ballpark (home to the atlanta braves’ spring training), before finally crossing the finish line back at epcot.

hands down – the walt disney world marathon is most definitely the happiest race on earth.


with characters, entertainment & literally thousands of people cheering us on – there truly was magic in every mile.

heck! there was magic in every single footstep!

disney characters & photo opportunities at every turn, running through deserted disney parks & back stage areas, marching bands & cheer squads. parade floats, hot air balloons & so much more.


there was so much to see & take it – i can’t even remember all of the details. all i can tell you is that miles 1-5 we made our way to the magic kingdom, miles 5-6 we spent exploring the main st. of the magic kingdom, tomorrowland, running through cinderella’s castle (still decked out in holiday glory), & liberty square. walt-disney-world-marathon-seen-on-my-runmagic-kingdom-castle

miles. 6-10 we ran to & around the speedway (& yes! vintage cars, race cars, stock cars & all of your favorite characters for the movie cars lined the track – it was awesome!). miles 10-13 found us in disney’s animal kingdom running past expedition everest (my all-time favorite ride ever), discovery island & dinoland. miles.


13-17 brought us to the amazing & beautiful espn wide world of sports complex where we ran past soccer fields, baseball fields, on the track & ultimately rounded the bases in chapmion stadium.

walt-disney-world-marathon-champion-stadiummiles 20-23 we ran through the celebratory mile 20 marker (in honor of it being the 20th year of the walt disney world marathon, they had lined the street with these giant-stilt-walker-puppet-like-disney-characters who cheered us on) and on through hollywood studios which was filled with people cheering us on & aid stations passing out chocolate!


miles 23-26 we ran on the boardwalk, eventually entering  the world showcase at epcot. we ran through all the countries of the world including france, morocco, china, germany before rounding spaceship earth, being serenaded by the gospel choir & crossing the finish line!


all i know, is that crossing the finish line & being congratulated on completing the goofy challenge was one of the happiest moments of my life… it was honestly the best day ever!



& i wouldn’t be lying if i said i was immediately ready to run it all again. who wouldn’t?! it was the most entertaining, the most fun i have ever had running.

not to mention the bling isn’t half bad.



honestly though, reading about this amazing marathon course just doesn’t do it justice.

what you really need to do is tour the course with mr. bart yasso himeself (chief running officer of runner’s world magazine) thanks to this awesome runDisney video.

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

* total chip time 3:46:29, with a pace of 8:37 minutes per mile
* 45th place out of 1,833 women in my age group
* 205th place out of 10,628 women
* 5 mile split time 40:42
* 10 mile split time 1:23:49
* half split time: 1:50:37
* 20 mile split time: 2:51:09
* total pictures stops: 75

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 & walt disney world half marathon recaps.

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.


Congratulations on completing the Goofy challenge! And I LOVE your outfits! I'm planning on doing the Goofy in 2015 (the 10th anniversary, I believe) and I hope you don't mind, but I am stealing your costume! As soon as I figure out how to make that shirt look as good as yours does that is! :)


You are a rockstar! I love your outfits, your smile and positivity! Maybe one day I'll run as fast as you - but until then, I'll work on the positivity :) Congrats on completing the Goofy!


Love the recap! Goofy Challenge was so fun, just wish I would have taken a few more photos during the marathon but wanted to get most of the miles in before the sun. You always put together the most amazing, adorable outfits!


looks like you had a blast! Glad we got to hang out some!


This is getting me so excited for Princess!! It looks like you had an awesome time and those are some impressive medals! I love the picture of you rounding the bases - you look so happy to be out there.


I love the giant-stilt-walker-puppet-like-disney-characters at Disneyworld...they are my favorite part of the "Celebrate" parade! I WILL be doing 2 #runDisney events next year, and getting my coast-to-coast!


Girl, I am 1) crazy jealous of your time and 2) in awe that YOU DON'T EVEN LOOK LIKE YOU BROKE A SWEAT!!!


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