Oops-I amnot sure how I slipped getting this out but better late than never!!!
This race is very close to my heart. It was my first Half in 2010 and I love that it is in the summer as it forces me to keep up my running (even though it’s CRAZY HOT). I love challenges and the Dumbo Challenge is great. However, it is a tough race. It is usually Labor Day weekend which is also the first week of school, close to my birthday and this year right before a work conference. To say I was busy the week of is an underestimate. I was swamped and it made me very tired. Next year, this shouldn’t be a problem as Labor Day is late (9/7) so it should space everything out a bit better.
The 10k is my favorite course as I stated before, but I really hope they fix the character issues. I know there were issues the year before with people getting swept from getting too many pics but you have to pick and choose.
I think the solution is with rundisney. In 2012, they posted a list of the course with what characters would be where. My friends and I were able to see this and also
The half is a great course (running through Angels stadium is seriously amazing and gives me chills), I just wish there was a bit more park time as we are on the streets of Anaheim a lot.
The corral issue has got to be fixed! I think the solution is not have a path to cross. It would add more space to the corrals. They could make it to where you just divide and then they recheck bibs getting into the corral itself. Having the walkway split in front of the corral was a nightmare.
Also, they need to work on their corrals themselves. To have the front corrals go off at the same (A and B together), they might as well be 1 corral. I think it is better to have smaller corrals go off every 2-3 minutes (like at WDW) then group and pass them 7-10 minutes apart. Also, corral G was too large and H was WAY TOO LARGE. Those need to be divided up.
Overall, I love this race. There is no doubt in my mind I will run it next year (10 year anniversary and my personal 5 year running anniversary). Yes, it sucks to train in the summer but I love that it all pays off in the end. It looks like the 10k will keep changing themes which means I will have to change my 10k costume every year. I loved the dumbo costume and plan on keeping it for every year!
So does anyone else think they will run 2015 Dumbo Dare?