This past Friday we got our 3rd 5K under our belt by finishing the Star Wars Rival Run at Epcot! Now, for some, running a 5K may not be any big deal. But for us, at least me, it is a pretty big deal considering that I was never a runner and really still don’t consider myself a runner (my best time was 41 minutes in the ArtFest run in February). But, we consider this a real accomplishment! The run on Friday has been highly anticipated since we registered back in 2018. One of my dreams has been to do a RunDisney and being big Star Wars fans this sounded like just the perfect one for us.
So onto the race- the big weekend started out Thursday when we headed up to Orlando. It was the day to pick up our Race Bib, t-shirt, check out the health and fitness expo and call it an early night as we had a 3:00 am wake up call. Of course, I was up before the alarm, we donned our race clothes and were in the Epcot parking lot by 3:45. We weren’t the first to arrive that early. Anticipation and excitement was growing. There were tons of folks in costumes from both the Light Side and the Dark Side ( I think the Dark Side won!) Photo ops with characters were available and soon we were headed to the start corral. But, wait… we still had over an hour before race time. Soon.. 5:28 on my watch- almost time to get going, stretching muscles, trying to stay moving in the morning chill and then…. “Runners, due to inclement weather the start of the race has been delayed. We are evacuating the start corrals. Please follow the instructions of the volunteers and we will get this race underway as soon as possible. Your safety in first and foremost important”. Now, for anyone that lives in FL. you know that lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the core of the storm. The storm was situated just north of Orlando. Off we went to buses to wait it out. The rain came, in droves, lightened up a bit, then came in droves again. At 7:00 we received the all clear to continue the race. Back we went to the start corral and we were off- all 14,000 runners in the pouring rain, through puddles or small lakes, through Epcot, around the World Showcase, rain still pouring down, tons of volunteers cheering us on, and on to the finish line! It was amazing! It was a blast! It was exhilarating as we heard Star Wars music blasting throughout the park, Storm troppers, Ewoks, Darth Vader, The resistance everywhere! And for anyone that knows me and how much I really detest being out in the rain- this was an uber accomplishment to complete the race! We were soaked, but happy at the end! Woo Hoo!
The Force Was With Us!