No one panic! Nothing to do with Chicago training or marathon!
RunDisney today released the new “anniversary” course map for the Walt Disney World Full Marathon today.
I realize I’m like the only person in the world who’s disappointed in it, but I am. Granted, I’d only run it once, but… I liked having Magic Kingdom later (like closer to Mile 10) in the race. I liked the random characters and trivia we saw on the back roads – and seeing roads and places where regular people don’t usually get to go. As much as I fussed about it, I even liked the out and back on Osceola Parkway. I liked seeing people to cheer on and be cheered on.
The new course has us going through the Magic Kingdom about 5 miles earlier. Granted, this is probably because as the marathon has grown, people were not clearing it before the park opened, and I heard of several being rerouted backstage because of all the parks, MK can least handle “road closures” while it’s open. Personally, I would have preferred them to move the start up a half hour to get us through where we normally would have been going through.
And they added running on a friggin speedway. YUCK! Not only do I not like car “racing” one bit (I’m sorry…it’s only a “sport” in the loose sense of the word for the pit crew. They’re the ones doing the moving and rushing and heavy lifting. And that’s being very loose with the term “sport” in my opinion.), those things are banked horribly and as crowded as the race course was for most of it, it’s going to be ridiculous trying to run on the kinda flattish section. BAD DECISION RunDisney. I hope you have lots of medical around for people who either trample each other or break legs or ankles trying to get around the crowd. Add to that they’ll probably turn on a stupid jumbotron and there you’ve opened up the added bonus of people getting knocked down by others so enamored with their own image running they don’t bother to pay attention to anyone else. I was definitely bumped into at Disneyland by someone who was all “OMG!! I’m on the jumbotron!!!!” squeeing as she bumped me – and didn’t bother to apologize.
AND we get to go through the whole Sports complex. See my sarcastic jump for joy. At least we do get to run on an actual running track – that’ll be cool. But that’s about the only part that will be. We get another stupid baseball stadium. Oh joy. More chance to get nasty red clay all over my legs and in my shoes. Call me unAmerican if you want, but I find baseball moronic. Running through a stadium means nothing to me. Give me regular road and Disney entertainment any day. (Should I mention ANOTHER probably jumbotron? And this at a point where people are getting tired and really starting to lose focus on what’s going on around them?)
It does look like the Mile 20 spectacular is going to go for the entire mile, but no word on what that is. Besides the stadium which is in there. Oh joy.
Don’t get me wrong…I will still run it. And I’m sure I’ll still have a good time. I know I’m in the vast minority (probably a minority of only one) that isn’t OMG SQUEE!!!!! over the changes. I had no issues with the old course. Maybe if either car “racing” or baseball meant anything to me I’d be happier about these changes. But for me it’s just distractions I don’t need for myself or those running around me – hopefully they’ll stay “around” and not become “into”.
I guess I wish RunDisney had decided to spend the money on more entertainment than this. That would be more special and “anniversary” than changing the whole course around.