Race Report: 2014 runDisney Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare Part I
I really think the 10K is the perfect distance of a Disneyland Resort runDisney race. It’s long enough for total immersion in the resort without having to venture too far out into the city streets of Anaheim. This was the 2nd running of the Dumbo Double Dare and the Disneyland 10K. This year I was running the race with Perfectly Goofy Gail, Photo-Bomb Rebecca and Pammy. In 2013, the theme of the race was Alice in Wonderland. Not thinking runDisney would change the theme, we decided to run as playing cards. However, runDisney changed the theme of this year’s race to Stitch, but playing card costumes were made so playing cards we were!
The 2014 course was exactly the same as the 2013 course. However, this year the 5K was held on Friday instead of Saturday prior to the 10K. This made for a much easier and less stressful morning for all – except those needing to take extra vacation time to #RUNALLTHERACES.
The 10K course started on Disneyland Drive, continuing south until turning left on West Convention Way. From there we ran past the Marriott and Hilton until turning left onto South Harbor Boulevard. There we ran into the back stage area of Disney California Adventure. We wound our way through Paradise Pier, Condor Flats, Sunset Boulevard and down the tunnel under the bus parking into the gate of Disneyland Park.
From there we ran up Main Street USA and into Tomorrowland. We ran around It’s a Small World to back stage and into Toontown, Fantasyland, Aventureland and Critter Country until we were once again in Downtown Disney and heading towards the finish.
After completing the race and being interview by runDisney for the video race recap, we added the 10K finisher wristband to our Coast to Coast wristband and grabbed our medal. This Disneyland 10K medal was a beauty. Although, I’m not the biggest Stitch fan, I do think it is one of the prettiest runDisney medals in my collection.
In my opinion, the second running of the Disneyland 10K/Dumbo Double Dare improved in some areas and lacked in others.
IMPROVEMENT: I thought moving the 5K and having only one race (coupled with the Kids Races) was easier on the runDisney staff and the volunteers. This year the water stops were ready and prepared for the racers. The volunteers did not seem like they had survived an ambush like in 2013. Note – this year the weather was on our side. It was not as hot and humid as it had been in 2013.
LACKLUSTER: The course was great, however, I believe there weren’t as many character photo opportunities as in 2013. I love, love, love me some Elvis, but I’m not running a race in DISNEYLAND to take a photo with ELVIS. If I wanted to see Elvis I’d run at GRACELAND or VEGAS. runDisney please listen up – we want DISNEY characters at runDisney events. Please provide us with plentiful photo opportunities with characters that compliment the themeing of the race or the Disney Park which we run the event.
All in all – a fine, well-run event through Disneyland Resort, although a smidge disappointing if you were a veteran of the event. For the complete video recap of our race please see the link below.
What did you think improved or was lacking at the 2014 Disneyland 10K?