Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Marathon Musings

As some of you know, I just did the Disney Marathon (#13 Disney, #14 overall) on Sunday and am on vacation which is why I haven't been around as much. Anywho, a few observations from the marathon.

This year my atheistic tendencies paid off. My race number was 2666. I know at least a few literalist Christians who would be more than a little freaked out by that, especially the group that all wore yellow t-shirst about running for Christ (I behaved myself...I did not run to a single one of them threateningly brandishing my race number). Out of curiosity, I looked at the race results and saw they do not issue number 666 but they do issue 1666, 2666, 3666, etc. And to think the Southern Baptists used to boycott for Disney not catering to Christians.

In the Disney Marathon, you will get passed by Mickey Mouse. You will get passed by Minnie Mouse. You will get passed by the woman dressed as a fairy and the man dressed as a fairy (maybe that's why they want to boyctott Disney...they let men run dressed as fairies!) You will see Disney Villans and characters along the course and runners stopping to get their pictures taken during the race.

Sharpie is a sponsor and puts up lots of signs with witticisms along the course. One read, "I almost has a psychic girlfriend, but she dumped me before we met". Ah, Madame Zoltar, what might have been!

There is a fake gospel choir at mile 26...fake beause it is recorded music and a bunch of people in gospel style robes swaying back and forth clapping along.

After the marathon on Disney property is the one place you can wear a finisher's medal and not look like a complete dork (or at least be in the presence of enough other dorks it doesn't matter).

Already looking forard to 2010.


kkdither said...

Sounds like you had a good time. Congrats on the great finish!

Beejay said...

OOOH, you devil you...playing mind games with your competition!

Lizardmom said...

you think that's good, check out what numberic 'MOM' is :)

kkdither said...

I prefer to think of what MOM is upside down. Never realized what it is on the dial tone.

OrbsCorbs said...

Do they have Walt's cryogenically frozen body on display somewhere?

Lizardmom said...

kk, I prefer the wow thing too but was a little freaked out then laughed at the numeric version :)

gopfolk said...

Congrats from a 2008 Goofy Race and a Half Finisher!!!

Don't you just love what they do for you down there in Disney!!!

We run every Saturday, 7:00 AM...check us out at www.runracine.com

Hope to see you soon!

MinnesotaChick said...

Glad you had a good time! I hope you got some pictures.

hale-bopp said...

Congrats, GOPFolk. That is quite a feat. I have thought about doing it, but know it would slow down my marathon time and I think I have a couple of PRs left in these legs...maybe in a few years when things start slowing down, then I will hit the Goofy Challenge. I am doing the Coast to Coast this year...Disney Marathon and Disneyland Half Marathon (in September) but it's not quite the same...I get a little more rest between the two!

I live in Tucson now...we need a way to keep track of our travels so when we happen to be in the same place we can meet up.