After many a delay on I-95 on Thursday on my journey down to Florida, I finally arrived that evening around 8:00 PM. I had originally planned to go to the expo that evening, but had to settle for the following day. Friday rolled around and it was sunny and beautiful outside…far cry from the coldness I left up in Maryland the day before. I arrived early to Wide World of Sports around 10:00 AM, and joined the throngs of runners eagerly awaiting to pick up their bibs and race goodies.
The lines to get into the HP Field house wrapped around several times outside, but the lines moved fairly quickly (even though we were all asking where we could get our Fastpasses!)
Once inside, I made a beeline for the Goofy Challenge bib pickup, got in and out in two minutes, then proceeded to explore the expo with Jess, Kristin, and Jackie!
The New Balance shoes were so en pointe this year. In stead of being character themed, they were ride themed!
The official weekend clothes were really cute, but soooo expensive. The marathon jacket was so sleek in its red and black!
The Dooney and Bourke bags were also on sale. The pattern is too cute! (I wish the bag was in black, though.)
There was also a plethora of race banners with the courses on them. I found these to be a perfect combination!
I often don’t purchase official race merch, due to pricing; the race shirts that we get with registration suit me just fine. I was a big fan of the colors this year, especially the royal blue for the marathon!
The runDisney booth had their medals on display, and I caught a glimpse of the Princess Half Marathon weekend medals!
As the sun began to set on Friday, all eyes began to turn towards the radar. There had been talks about calling the WDW Half due to impending storms. If runDisney made the decision to cancel, it would be the first time in 24 years that runDisney had cancelled a race. Additional communication was sent out to runners in the afternoon and early evening hours with regard to monitoring the weather, and around 10pm, the race was called.
What happened on Saturday would forever make its mark on the running community, and in runDisney history. Stay tuned…