I’m excited to do my first Parkrun in september, when we visit for a wedding!! Such a great concept!they will be fine, there's no minimum pace and they will get to meet characters along the way!
here in the UK we have weekly park runs and there is always kids around that age there and they're amazing
I ran a local 5K with my 8 year old nephew a couple of months ago. My primary responsibility was to keep him from going too fast. His parents knew he could handle the distance, but didn't want him to try and sprint the entire thing, so I needed to make sure he maintained an appropriate pace. At this year's WDW 5K, I saw young kids who went too fast and were certainly feeling the effects of that early on in the course. A Disney CM went so far as to make sure the kids were okay, but the parent reassured the CM that the kids just needed to slow down.Has anyone run the 5K with a young kid, and if so, was it a good experience? We’ve started taking DS on the warmup portion of our runs and he’s really enjoying it. He also did a 3K kids race this summer.
I agree that anyone running a runDisney 5K with a child should take these factors into account before deciding. It can be a very enjoyable experience, but make sure you think about how your child will respond to these factors especially the ones that are not tied to the weather.Potential drawbacks:
-Course is pretty packed
-Character lines are long
-Wake up call is very early
-There is a lot of waiting around because of how early rD requests you be at the corrals
-Said waiting, weather, and running attire often don't mix well (it's been very cold multiple times in the last few years at Marathon Weekend and precipitation can be an issue as well)
You raise a good point. I don't think the half course is bad. I just don't like it as much as the other half courses (2012 Wine & Dine, 2017-2018 Star Wars Dark Side) I have run. And while I had run through Disneyland many times before, I still really enjoyed getting to run through the Magic Kingdom for the first time during the 2019 half.I guess I’m in the minority, but I loved the half marathon. The back half of the course was beautiful and peaceful.
Further cementing my dissenting status, I am less than enamored with the 10k route, but the boardwalk area in the dark is breathtaking as is even the sliver of World Showcase that we cover.
This to me is the single best reason to experience a runDisney 5K. I hope they keep the Illuminations music next year for the races because of the nostalgia.This is my recollection from 2014 and 2015 as well...it's probably my favorite RD course - something about running through World Showcase with the torches on and the illuminations music going is wonderful.
I walked the 5k (took over 60 minutes) with son during my first Dopey and ran the other 3. I received all 6 medals!!!Hate to be 'that guy' but 5K is timed for Dopey. Having said that, I just looked at 2019 Dopey results and it looks like a bunch of people walked the 5K (presumably with somebody) then ran the rest of the races and had no problems getting the Dopey challenge medal.
There is one entry where the runner finished the 5K in over an hour (19:37 per mile pace). They then ran the 10K in 50 minutes, ran a 1:44 half and a 3:33 full!
So, I think you're safe, @Ponoche , walking the 5K with the others. Have a great time!!!
This will be 5th consecutive Marathon Weekend full as well and 7th overall. I completely agree with your course assessments.Both courses have their proponents and both are still Disney races, but my feelings on the two can be summed up as:
- Marathon - My favorite course at Disney. Excited to be running it for my 5th consecutive year next Marathon Weekend!
- 1/2 Marathon - Least favorite Disney course, by far. Wouldn’t bother running it if it weren’t an integral part of the Goofy and Dopey Challenges.
It’s pretty flat. There are one or two overpass bridges/ramps that you have to run up and back down, but that’s about it.thank you! is it a flat course? or should I not expect any PBs
PB depends on tangents (i can't run them) and what coral you are in. Granted on coral if you are up near the front of your coral it will help but definitely being in A, B or C will help too. I have run PBs at Disney so it is possible, but if you are not feeling it that day I am not sure I would bother. It is crowded, you wake up extremely early, and you stand around a lot. That being said, I am going to try for a PB in the half, if I wake up and am feeling it that day.thank you! is it a flat course? or should I not expect any PBs
It’s pretty flat. There are one or two overpass bridges/ramps that you have to run up and back down, but that’s about it.
From my Garmin, there’s about a total of 25 ft gained and lost:
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Notice that those spikes/dips are only about 5 or so feet, and that could all be Garmin error. The bridges/ramps do seem steep at the time. I do think you can shoot for a PB, if it’s not too crowded/bottlenecked and you run the tangents.
the time and the weather could be my downfallPB depends on tangents (i can't run them) and what coral you are in. Granted on coral if you are up near the front of your coral it will help but definitely being in A, B or C will help too. I have run PBs at Disney so it is possible, but if you are not feeling it that day I am not sure I would bother. It is crowded, you wake up extremely early, and you stand around a lot. That being said, I am going to try for a PB in the half, if I wake up and am feeling it that day.