After a day full of fun at the RunDisney Princess Half Marathon Meet-up, Fit for a Princess expo, and hours at Epcot with my family, it was time to get ready for the Mickey and Minnie Royal Family 5K! Mom really wanted to take part in the Princess Half Marathon weekend, but a knee injury prevented her from the opportunity to do the half marathon. The 5K and kid's races took place on Saturday with the half marathon Sunday, so we decided that we would do the 5K together. Of course no race at Disney is complete without costumes!!!! After thinking about what Disney character(s) we wanted to be, we finally decided to be matching Tinkerbells! For our costume, we purchased green skirts and racing wings from Team Sparkle.
The 5K had a 6:30 start with the start corrals closing at 6:00. Since we stayed on Disney property, we had complimentary bus transportation to and from the races. We knew we wanted to be on one of the first buses, so we had a nasty 4:30 wake-up! We got our costumes on and were out the door around 5:00 to catch a bus to Epcot.
Just like the half marathon, the 5K had start corrals done by projected finish-time/pace. The corrals were lettered A-E with A being the fastest/elite runners while E was the stroller division. I received a corral B placement and mom received D. Since mom could not move up to B, I moved back to D with mom. There was a 7 minute break between corrals being sent off, so we actually got to see the winner coming into the finish area before we were even sent out.
As each corral was sent out, it was done so in true Disney fashion. Each "wave" had a celebration at the start line with fireworks!