That's right, folks. I will be taking on the Disney Coast to Coast Race Challenge this year. Woo hoo!
(If you are not a runDisney aficionado, this challenge means that within one calendar year I will run one RunDisney half marathon at Disneyland and another at Disney World. I will thereby earn two medals for the two half marathons, in addition to one of the adorable Coast to Coast Race Challenge medals pictured above!)
The cards fell in place very nicely for this endeavor. Here is the plan:
The Disneyland Half Marathon takes place over Labor Day Weekend. As luck would have it, the 2014 NAAAP Convention takes place in Anaheim this year and happens to be scheduled for the weekend following Labor Day. (Usually the NAAAP Convention takes place in August, so the September timing this year was a huge stroke of luck!) Since the two events take place on consecutive weekends with a short workweek in between, I got permission from my workplace to stay in Anaheim and work remotely that week. Excellent!
I haven't been to Disneyland since I was a young child, so it'll be great to go again after so many years.
The exact travel plans to Anaheim are under investigation right now, but there are some absolutely amazing lodging options available on Airbnb (helloooo, Pacific Ocean!)
Then, I am planning my second running of the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon in Orlando. I had a BLAST running it last year and I am so pumped about doing it again. This time around, I plan to take even more advantage of all that Wine and Dine has to offer (e.g. finally wearing a costume to run? I am bouncing around the idea of trying to dress up as Lilo from Lilo and Stitch.)
The official race date hasn't been announced for Wine and Dine, but my guess is that it will take place sometime in November. In any event, I have lots of flexibility in my schedule to accommodate!
Recognize the image from the front of the Coast to Coast medal?
Who else is planning on running either of these races and/or going Coast to Coast this year? Any tips on the Disneyland Half Marathon specifically? Suggestions on Disneyland Park or the surrounding areas? I am all ears!!! (Both literally and figuratively!!!)