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Have signed up for the 2011 Goofy runs at Orlando anyone else in either the half or the full or even better in both
Did this year as well weather was a shocker!!
Marathon now at 50% capacity
half at 65%
Goofy is full
Disney have not made a decision this year if they are going to reopen it as the take up has been slower than previous years and they want to keep it as a limited event a lot of feedback earlier this year was that too many people did it and it ruined the originality of it
I've just signed up for the Goofy Challenge today
I really do like the look of this and it sounds fantastic. It'll be my first marathon, someone tell me i'm not nuts please. Not fussed about times, just want to get round in one piece really. I've put in estimated times of 2:15 for the half and 5 hrs for the marathon.
I've got the English Half and Hellrunner already booked in so they'll be good events to do whilst training I think. Looking forward to it already
I'm having a go at the Goofy as well. Aiming for around 5 in the full and around 2:20 ish for the half, maybe a tad quicker.
The whole family is racing- my husband is doing the family 5k and our 9 yr old is signed up for the Mickey Mile, so we should clank with the bling on the flight home!
Goofy this year was great apart from the cold.
The most difficult thing for me was trying to work out how many shirts to wear
goofy for me as well, i opted only for the marathon last year but seeing all the runners coming home after with the extra goofy medal gutted me, and made me enter this year before goofy was full
with regards to transport i stay within the disney resorts but still drive to the start as then i can sit in the car until the last minute, leave all my stuff in the car and tie the car key on my shorts
this will be my 5th disney marathon one of them 2008 was a goofy
took me a while to locate you guys for the Disney 2011. Definitley going this time. Shocked to see that places are filling up, didnt dawn on me to actually enter the race, although I have been looking at flights and accommodation. GULP. Better do that asap. Didnt realise it is so dear.. Still , hate to waste all this training
Right. I'm in
By the way...whats a goofy pin and do I want one?
this year i ran with the camera which was in the race pack, and i stopped at every Character, got some great photo`s that i wouldn`t in the parks
i`ve never bothered getting the pin, but many do as they usally sell oot.
i normally stay at pop centry or all stars but i opted for port orleans riverside this year as they have the free dining plan available, only the quick service plan but still a good deal to be had if any one is looking for accomadation
did anyone who ran this year pay the extra and go to the party in the park in the evening, where they had live bands, food stalls and openend some rides,, was it worth the money and would you pay and do it again ??????
as regards accommodation....is near international drive ok or should I be aiming for somwhere closer? WIll be going for about two weeks and this comes at the end of the holiday . I reckon we wil have a car for some or possibly all of it , if its not too expensive.
Are there any other tips that us goofy virgins should know about from you experienced Disneyites?
You can give the pasta party a miss as i didn't think it was that good either in entertainment or food and not that cheap as one of the diners close by was doing an all you could eat dinner buffett for $15
Fizz International drive is about a 20min drive away if you do the disney hotels you can get the free bus but have to get up at ridculous oclock. I would suggest a hotel on the 192
I've done all the Goofy races to date so can answer most questions and I did a race review a couple of years ago
Pab- We're staying in Port Orleans- French Quarter for similar reasons. We got a good deal with Virgin and several freebies thrown in as well
Gymaddict- we are racing as a family as well- I'm doing the Goofy, husband is doing the 5k and daughter is doing the Mickey mile( she will be 9) so we are looking forward to getting the family bling
Slowfott- roughly what sort of time does it start to get light, so I get an idea of how far down the course I will be when the sun starts gettign hot
Are those of you going with family, travelling earlier and doing the running at the end ?
Thajnks for the tip. Will look at 192 ( whereeer that is)
for everything you want to know (and more) have a look here
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i try and fit the marathon in at the start of the holiday, then i can enjoy the rest of the holiday and not worry about the size of the plates of food i`m eating
jpenno, its a great website and they charge $20.00 per year, well worth paying as the advice on their is second to none
Someone said that it was -2 degrees for the marathon last year. Does it warm up during the day? Just wondering if I need to find accommodation with an indoor or heated pool for kids?
Am sucd a procrastinator and indecisive when it comes to choosing accommodation. Hae just spent the last 2.5 hours trawling through places from self catering to hotels andn I just cant decide and am not sure what the going rate is and whether going to a 2 start would be soo much worse than a 3 or 4 star?
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i try and fit the marathon in at the start of the holiday, then i can enjoy the rest of the holiday and not worry about the size of the plates of food i`m eating jpenno, its a great website and they charge $20.00 per year, well worth paying as the advice on their is second to none
Starts to get light about 7am so expect an hour/hour half of running in the dark for both the marathon and the half
This year was the coldest in Orlando for about 25years A couple of years ago I ran and it was 66degrees at the start of the marathon and 86 by the time I had finished. As Isaid I've done all 5 Goofys and this year was by far the coldest I would suggest take two kits one for warm weather and one for cold
fizziofinn, i like to stay in the disney hotel as they offer transportation, extra park hours,no need to carry cash as your room key is a charge card, and everything is 24/7 disney, they work out a bit more expensive but are well worth
most hotels or apartment on international drive or on the 192 would be suitable, virgin do some good deals offering free breakfast
last year was one of the coldest that i can remenber but i still used the outside pools, mainly the morning is rather chilly but by the afternoon is fine
jpenno, they do a 21 day free trial for anyone who has`nt signed on before
I stayed at Pop Century this years as no problems - clean, food, buses etc. Some noise but quieter period so not that many people compared to summer when all the Brits pop over with 55 kids in tow (expect to hear a lot of Spanish/Portuguese a couple of days after the marathon as South America visits at that time). Certain meals times are busy though i.e 8:30am for breakfast.No fridge in the rooms- you have to rent these for $12 a day, get one free if you have some medical problems that requires one, buy a cheap one for $60 or so from Walmart or go to one of these Disney related sites and join a fridge swap scheme.
Buses picked you up and took you to somewhere near the race areas and plenty taking you back tyo your hotel afterwards. Not much in the way of queuing on roads either like some cars were having to do.
Last time I was in Florida, it was 25-28C most of the time so quite a change from this year's -5C upwards! Then again, with the cold, I was thankful I was in Pen B (sub-4?) and got to start running 10 mins before the pens behind
I-Drive is terrible now in my opinion. Sure it's got plenty of touristy shops, eateries etc but it looks dated and tacky as hell. It's like a dried out desert with a few buildings lined up, half of which are closed down, and loads of cars.
Shame Disney don't do the free dining around Jan, not that I ate excessive amounts anyway - mostly snacking on cookies ($3+ at Hollywood Studios!) and various burgers and things I'd read about on theDibb etc (did pop onto I-Drive and bought some bread from Walgreens to have toast for breakfast - cheaper than paying 40c for a slice or two).Some Disney food prices can be expensive too. Got myself a Baby Ruth bar at the eatery near Soarin' and that was around $2.50 compared to half the price on I-Drive. Meal wise, not too bad although portions may be bigger on I-Drive and some eat-all-you-can places there too. You can only eat so many burgers and fries at Disney.
I'm a big fan of Olive Garden (Pasta Soups Salads )
But the only problem all the eateries are busy of a weekend so you can end up queuing for up to an hour at the decent places
I would suggest eat in your hotel of a weekend or eat earlier than you normally would
Was looking at a self catering in Windsor apartments. Might do that as I will probably end up getting a car anyway.
Did Disney with kids about 5 years ago and might look at Universal parks for earlier inthe holiday, so reluctant to stay in places they have already seen.