The 2012 Goofy Challenge Recap

The Half Marathon

Saturday brought the 15th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon hosted by Donald Duck!  This day didn’t start off well as I miscalculated the massive traffic of the largest event of the weekend (The Half) and was still sitting in traffic 30 minutes before the start of the race.  However, I prevailed and found myself running (literally) to the start line with 10 minutes to spare! I had intended to run this event with a good friend of mine, Dennis, but was unable to find him in time for the start of the race. Interestingly enough we ended up finishing just minutes apart for the half!

Disney always puts a little trivia up along the way to distract from the mileage so I snapped a few pictures. Many of the signs regarded Donald Duck and his lineage as this was the 15th anniversary of the half marathon.
Captains Sparrow and Barbosa
Stopped for a quick picture with a couple pirates. Alas, the rum was already gone.

GOOFY RACE TIP: Get to the family reunion area before each race as early as possible. Take the first bus at 3:00AM from your resort hotel or if staying off property leave your hotel room no later than 2:50AM to drive to EPCOT. Leaving even 15-20 minutes later may mean the difference between arriving with time to spare and sprinting from the parking lot to the start line. FYI, from the parking lot to the actual race start line is a minimum of 20 minute walk and up to 45 minutes with the crowd of people. I experienced this the hard way on Saturday…

The 1st 10 miles of the half marathon flew by for me!

Sometime between miles 8 and 9 of the half marathon I found two other members of the WDW Radio Running Team, Jeff & Jeff. We ran together the rest fo the way to the finish line keeping a good pace. Whenever I wanted a picture I was able to run up ahead and snap a quick photo in time for them to join me and we would keep running. Then around mile 12 of the half I caught site of another team mate, Jordan. We caught up to him and the four of us went on to cross the finish line together.

Brian, Jeff, Jeff, and Jordan cross the half marathon finish line.

12 thoughts on “The 2012 Goofy Challenge Recap”

  1. Loved reading this! Thanks for giving me a glimpse of what goes on during the runs. Loved how many characters they had out for you all. Super fun. Have just started running and am doing my 2nd 5K next Friday night at Disneyland. Thinking of registering for the Sept Disneyland 1/2! May just see ya there 🙂

  2. So proud of you and your accomplishments! I really enjoyed reading about the races and I love that you took pictures, had a beer and truly took in the whoe experience. I think in a couple of years (when the girls are a little bigger), I will go for the challenge too, thanks to you!

  3. Congratulations – What an awesome accomplishment! I just ran the inaugural Tinker Bell Half this weekend and can’t wait until March to register for Wine and Dine so I can get my Coast to Coast 🙂 I have 3 friends going Goofy in 2013 and they’re trying to talk me into it (I ran my first marathon in Oct 2011). We shall see, but knowing you can buy beer right before the finish line just might be the difference between going Goofy or not!

  4. Very cool… I’m hoping to run the 2013 Goofy Challenge (assuming the world doesn’t end in December), so it was very fun reading your recap. Any tips on training?

    1. Hey Mike – Sorry for the late reply. I have boat loads of tips, but consistency is #1. Find a training plan and stick to it. #2 Tip is rest and recovery! There are a lot of miles to be run so take your rest days seriously and get the recovery you need so you can keep going. I wrote a blog on recovery during the Goofy weekend that’ll help on that topic. I’m happy to chat more if you have questions!


  5. Great post! I was at the marathon in Jan. and will be running my first half at WDW in 2013! I’m staying on property but have friends going who are staying off. How do you find the transportation to the race from off property? do you drive and where you do find instructions on where to parK?


    1. Diane, you will have a fantastic time! I just finished the Coast-2-Coast challenge by running the Disneyland half and it was great! runDisney knows how to put on a race! Let me know if you have any questions about Marathon weekend. I’m happy to help!

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