Note from JordanRunner: I’m writing up this report as I have time (which is very limited) and will not be polishing it. Please forgive any errors and omissions. Feel free to ask about anything and I’ll do my best to answer. I may include personal opinions and commentary, so I apologize in advance if I offend anyone or go off topic.
A friend and I ran the Wine & Dine 2-course challenge (10k and half marathon) with some park fun mixed in. The trip was November 5th (Friday) through November 9th (Tuesday).
Friday - lunch @ Sanaa, race expo @ WWoS, DS
Saturday - 10k , MK, dinner @ BOG
Sunday - half marathon, HS, EP
Monday - AK, HS, EP, VMAH @ MK
Tuesday - AK then home
I won’t go all the way back to the Jurassic Period like a James Michener novel (or a Disney history lesson by Jim Hill), but I would like to establish some context. Back in 2019 I ran the W&D races for St Jude as part of a large family trip to celebrate my son’s cancer recovery. Trip Report and Race Report. It was an amazing trip and reporting live from the races was really fun.
I wanted to run again in 2020 and was even signed up with St Jude to do it. But the COVID pandemic changed those plans. I think just about every race around the country (and probably the world) was canceled, though many turned into “virtual” races. For these, runners could complete the race distance wherever they wanted before some deadline, tracking it through a phone app, and submitting their results online to get their medal.
Although I decided to defer my St Jude fundraiser to 2021 I still ran the races virtually last year. To make it more interesting I filmed myself doing it and talked about childhood cancer and St Jude at each “virtual” mile marker. If you care to see the video (its about 23min), PM and I’ll send you the link. I don’t think its really appropriate to share here.
Through the first half of this year, all RunDisney runners were anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 2021 events - would they be virtual again or in-person? On June 30th they finally announced that all events would be in-person and registration would open up two weeks later! I reached out to my St Jude contact, who was now scrambling to negotiate bib contracts with RunDisney. Unfortunately, they were not able to get it settled before general registration opened up. In fact, they were not sure if they would even be able to participate at all. Considering the pent up demand for in-person racing, especially RunDisney events, I decided to just register myself in lieu of waiting and doing it through St Jude. I didn’t want to risk the event selling out and then not being able to participate through St Jude either. I even reached out to a few other charities and they were all in the same boat. Two weeks was just not enough time for them to get everything in order.
Over the next week or so I convinced my RunDisney buddy (“B” hereafter) to do the 2-course challenge with me. That’s a 10k (6.2 miles) on Saturday and half marathon (13.1 miles) on Sunday. So on registration day (July 13th), about 15 minutes before the website opened up we were sitting at my desk (B and I are coworkers) mashing the refresh button for the registration link to activate. I rushed through the registration (even registered B through my account to save time), and we were in! The event did sell out, but I can’t remember exactly when. Not as quickly as I expected though.
St Jude did eventually get the bib contracts worked out with RunDisney, but it took so long I also had to register myself for the WDW Marathon (in January) a few weeks later. I will finish this part of the story closer to the end of the report. In short, I ran these W&D races for St Jude, but not as an official team member.
The theme for the W&D races was villains, just like last year’s “virtual” races. Last year I wore a Gaston shirt (see pic above), and I decided to do that again. In case you haven’t seen my posts around these parts, or can’t see my profile picture, I’m a little bit of a Gaston fan. B thinks its ridiculous because Gaston was a “horrible person, a truly evil villain”. I think he’s a hilarious, narcissistic goon. He makes me laugh every time I see him. Laughter is one of the best things in life. Thanks Gaston!
Well, I think that’s enough background and I’m out of time anyways. I’ll add more background/context if it’s needed as the report goes on.
Next up, we begin Gaston’s Gallop …