I last left off with my friend and I standing in the corrals at 5:38am.
6:00am: Corral A goes off with fireworks! This year they started doing mini corrals and since I couldn’t hear the announcer too well all the way back in Corral E, I did not know when we would go. A boy in the family next to us kept asking his parents when it would be time to run. I felt the same way and the standing around was getting a little tiresome. I also was getting hungry as I had only had a small breakfast but really should have eaten a whole bagel since we had so long to wait.
6:00am-6:42am: Corrals A through D and all of their many mini corrals start running. We finally begin to move towards the starting line step by step. The fireworks did not continue for each corral which I thought was odd.
6:45am: We are off! After a few times where we thought we would be able to cross the start line and were stopped very close, we finally began the 5K.
6:45am-7:25am: It took us just around 38 minutes to run the race. I forgot to stop my watch so I don’t have a very accurate time. We ran through Epcot, stopped at Norway for a bathroom break (much nicer than porta potties and empty!), took a few photos and videos, ran out of Epcot, ran backstage, then came back in Epcot and finished the race in the parking lot.
The race was SO much fun! We didn’t have too much of a problem with the crowds but were zig zagging a bit. Even though my friend was worried about running, she did a great job and I was the one who was getting a little sore by the end! As we ran, we said how we were disappointed it was such a fast race and that we should’ve signed up for the 10K. We did not stop for any characters because the lines were so long and we already had gotten our photo with Pluto earlier in the day. I loved seeing the park wake up though and the support of the other runners is fantastic-from the Tooth Fairies (men sprinkling pixie dust on everyone) to a 90 year old woman running the race. I highly recommend signing up for runDisney 5K’s but beware they are very short once you actually start running!
7:25-8:30am: We received our medals, snack boxes, and water and then started walking to the buses. I really struggled to carry all of my stuff as I always do and had taken off my jacket at this point as well. The bus came fairly quickly and we did not have too long of a line. We boarded the bus with all of the other sweaty runners and then were back at the resort in no time to relay our race tales to the rest of the family who were just waking up!