I recently had the opportunity to participate in my first runDisney events in Orlando! And yes, that is plural! Saturday morning at 7 AM was the start of the 5K and Saturday evening at 10 PM was the start of the half marathon. Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K will be the focus of this blog.
I have to say the 5K was one of the most laid back and fun races of that distance I have every done. The start line was in the parking lot of Disney's Animal Kingdom. A snow effect was created by machines sputtering out soap bubbles to ensure everyone was in the holiday spirit. Pre-race activities included pictures with Mickey and Minnie, along with multiple race themed areas to snap photos!
|Notice the "snow" on some heads!|
Shortly after the sun came up, we were off and running! The course started around the parking lot and then headed into Animal Kingdom. I was officially partaking in my first Disney experience. Along the route I stopped for multiple pictures with characters and enjoyed the scenery of the park! The route continued through the park for just over a mile and then we completed an out and back segment on the back side of the park, before crossing the finish line!
|Rafiki and Timon from the Lion King|
|Everyone loves Donald!|
|Brooke, Jason, and I|