08 December, 2011

Marathon Weekend Changes From Previous Years

Spent a little time going through all of the details in the final race instructions for all of the races.  From what I can tell, not TOO much has changed.  The main changes are with the Goofy Race, bib numbers, and obviously the marathon relay since it's brand new this year.  

Goofy:



There's only one bib that you have to use for both races, which also means one B-Tag.  This should be interesting to see what happens.  Unless they're giving us heavy duty bibs, I have a feeling that some bibs might not survive both days.  From a computer/database geek point of view, it's possible that this makes things a whole lot easier for runDisney on the technology side of things.  Since there's only one B-Tag, it should help keep track of all the Goofy runners much better.

Goofy runners also don't have to check in after the half marathon like in the past.  Now you just wait until you complete the full and go to the Goofy tent, where they'll verify you ran both races in the allotted time, and hand you your medal! :)

Bib Numbers:

From what we can tell so far, here's the tentative bib breakdown:

Full #s start at 0
Goofy #s start at 20,000
Half #s start at 30,000
Relay #s start at 70,000

It should be interesting to see how the corrals are broken down.  I'm 99% sure that they won't have the relay runners and Goofy runners start in the back of the pack so we'll all be mixed in based on expected finish time.  Might be harder to enforce people entering the correct corrals but I'll be hoping for the best!

Marathon Relay:


Bibs for relay runners are not the same for both runners like they've been for the Wine & Dine Relay.  Now the bibs are one number off from each other.  So if the first runner of the team has bib #1234 the second team member is #1235.

By 4:00 a.m.
Relay teams must be on Monorails or Buses to Epcot
Relay team not staying at host resorts must be parked at Epcot
By 4:45 a.m.
Relay Runners need to SWAP gear bags with bag check stickers prior to taking shuttle to the Relay Exchange.  Check the bags in the respective Bag Check.  (This part was confusing)
By 5:00 a.m.
Relay Runner #1 must be in corral at Epcot
By 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Monorails and buses are available from Epcot to the Relay Exchange
By 7:00 a.m.
Relay #2 must take shuttle to Relay Exchange

Relay Runner #1:
If you would like to retrieve your belongings at Magic Kingdom Park after completing the first leg of the race, you must give your clear plastic goody bag, with your bag sticker affixed to the front of the bag, to Relay Runner #2. Relay Runner #2 will check your bag at the Bag Check tent at Magic Kingdom Park. Relay Runner #1 bags must be claimed before 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Unclaimed Relay Runner #1 bags will be delivered from Magic Kingdom Park to the Information tent at Epcot. Any bags unclaimed by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday will be transferred to Epcot Guest Relations, located to the right of the main park entrance. Please visit during park hours to claim lost items.

Relay Runner #2:
If you would like to retrieve your belongings at Epcot® after completing the second leg of the race, you must give your clear plastic goody bag, with your bag sticker affixed to the front of the bag, to Relay Runner #1. Relay Runner #1 will check your bag at the Bag Check tent at Epcot. Relay Runner #2 bags must be claimed before 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Any unclaimed bags will be transferred to Epcot Guest Relations, located to the right of the main park entrance. Please visit during park hours to claim lost items.

I think those were the main changes!  If I notice anything else, I'll post again! 

10 comments

  1. It looks like my bib# for the full is just at the cutoff of A corral. But, with the Goofy folks it may push back to B. C'est la vie.

    Also, did you notice how many ROTE'rs are running the 5k? I think it's a new record!
    (DisnyRunr24)

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  2. This relay leg 2 runner is hoping to just take the monorail from the Contemporary to TTC about 7am and walk from there. I can't be the only one!

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  3. Thank you as always for your insights! Your blog has become one of my go-to resources for the Goofy!

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  4. I am so excited about the relay! I have never done any relay at all before, so why not have my first be in Disney?!? And thank goodness my partner is really fast -- because having this be my second half marathon in a row that weekend, I'm not feeling speed will be on my side!

    **Are you doing the 5K as well??

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  5. I don't like one bib for Goofy - my bibs tend to get a bit beat up by the end of the race and with the B-Tag you have to wear them lower so for me they get smooshed and banged around a lot more.

    Not checking in after the half for Goofy is the same as last year. They also were not checking half and full times last year at the end of the full. I got my Goofy medal right after I got my Mickey medal. I actually hope they do check them better this year.

    The corrals are broken out by antipicated finish time not by race type so you won't automatically be put in the front or the back of the pack for a specific race.

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  6. so sad I won't be there this year. But I will be at princess!

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  7. @Justin...it's crazy how many ROTErs are doing the 5k! Not to mention all the races! I still think you'll be in A, the tentative corrals on ROTE are definitely off but it's the best guess that we could come up with!

    @Beth...that's actually a fabulous idea!

    @Sara...thank you! :)

    @FF...can't wait to hear about the relay! It sounds awesome! And yes! I'm doing the 5k too :)

    @Amanda...Ahhh didn't realize the checking in was the same. The final instructions said it was 'new' so I just assumed! :) And I know the corral placement hasn't changed but it'll be interesting to see since all Goofy numbers are now separate.

    @Heather...definitely sad! :( But I'm seriously jealous about princess!

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  8. Jenn, Why no logo for the Donald Duck Half :( lol. Looking forward to my first half and my first relay. Gonna be insane !

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  9. @Mark...sorry about that! :)
    @Daniel...we survived :)

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