The 2012 Goofy Challenge Recap

The Full Marathon

Finally after 16.2 miles on Friday & Saturday the full marathon came around on Sunday morning. I woke up feeling good after putting in a focused effort on recovery the last two days and nights.  I’ll post another blog in a few days about my recovery efforts and how those efforts allowed me to wake up each day with little to no soreness. Kate and I arrived early to the start area and got a choice parking space literally 20 yards from the red carpet to the family reunion/meeting area!

We met the Marathoners and Goofy participants from the WDW Radio Running Team and I met up with my friend and running partner for the Goofy, Dennis. Before the full marathon I was able to meet another twitter and Facebook friend, Bernadette!

Bernadette and I before the full marathon

Dennis and I made our way to the F Corral and it wasn’t long before we made it to the start line and were sent on our way by the main mouse himself!

The miles went by fairly easy though I was beginning to feel the previous two days as Dennis & I approached the castle in teh magic kingdom.  My wife, Kate as well as Dennis’ wife and son, Amber & Nate were waiting for us at the castle. Kate handed me a small bag of chocolate covered espresso beans that I had her carry for me. Those little bad boys will put a spring back in your step in a heart beat!  Eat your heart out 5-hour energy!

We made it to the castle still smiling!

The last 16 miles zipped by as we eventually took liberal walking breaks and even walked much of the last few miles.  There was plenty of people to talk to and sights to see along the route. Disney definitely puts on a good show!

Mile 14 of the full marathon. Only 12.2 miles to go!

We stopped along the way for several pictures as you all know…I like to take pictures on Disney runs.  🙂

We didn't stop to ride Everest...this time.

As we entered EPCOT for the final leg of the 39.3 mile journey around the World Showcase I decided to start celebrating early so I stopeed by Italy to grab a beer.

General Running Tip: Always carry a credit card with you for “emergencies”.

This was an emergency beer run.

After my stop for refreshments we finished up the last mile, went on to cross the finish line, and collected our medals for a race well run.

Crossing the finish lin of the full marathon

I was looking for the Goofy tent and a photographer as soon as I crossed the finish line. It was nice to have the 2012 Mickey medal placed around my neck. It was the end of a journey to have the 2012 Goofy medal placed around my neck.

A lot of miles & a lot of medals = two BIG smiles!

With the 2012 WDW marathon weekend successfully completed I am waiting until January 18th to register for the Disneyland Half Marathon which comes up in September. That race will allow me to earn the coveted Coast-to-Coast Disney Challenge medal. I look forward to running that race…and spending the week after in Napa!

Happy Training!


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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