COVID-19 Canceled My 50th Race

COVID-19 Canceled My 50th Race

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about each a part of my life, from my work as a theme park journalist and never with the ability to see my buddies for prolonged intervals of time, to how I am going to the grocery retailer and the way I prepare for half marathons. You see, I am an avid runner, and this yr I used to be purported to cross the end line of my 50th RunDisney race.

Earlier this yr, I accomplished two races at RunDisney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, a digital Star Wars-themed half marathon, and a 5K on Disney’s personal island, Castaway Cay. The final of these was in March, after which the novel coronavirus emerged and all the pieces shut down. My purpose to cross the end line of my 50th race had been placed on maintain, however I held on to hope that I might a minimum of be capable to compete through the RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World in November.


Within the meantime, I stored up some outside coaching and stayed motivated with RunDisney’s annual summer season digital 5K sequence, which this yr was themed to basic Disney sights. Then the inevitable occurred.

In July, after I acquired the Twitter alert from RunDisney asserting that the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend was canceled as an in-person occasion and being became a digital race, I used to be devastated. I used to be holding out a small sliver of hope that the race might by some means go on, regardless that I knew in my head there was no potential approach to convey hundreds of runners to Walt Disney World to finish the course and guarantee everybody’s security. RunDisney gave runners the choice to cancel their registration for a full refund, or nonetheless take part just about and obtain a Disney present card. I acquired a refund for the 5K I used to be registered to do, and determined to run the 10Ok just about.

After I acquired the information concerning the canceled race, I made a decision to cease operating till later within the fall. It wasn’t well worth the ridiculous warmth and distress of doing coaching runs in July and August, when morning temperatures began out within the 80s.


In November, I will full the 10Ok, organising faux character meet and greets, just about operating by sights that may have been alongside the race course at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and taking the coveted end line picture — all in my neighborhood — then ending the race off with a beer. All of this has been impressed by one among my favourite operating and health Instagram pages, Crowned Athletics, who has been internet hosting their very own digital races with individuals from around the globe who love RunDisney.

This digital 10Ok shall be my 47th race, and one other Star Wars digital race in January shall be my 48th. So, when will I get to cross the end line and have fun 50 RunDisney races? Hopefully subsequent April through the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. Registration is already open, and I’ve signed up for the 5K and 10Ok with the hope {that a} vaccine will arrive and life will return to some degree of normalcy that permits us to run races once more.

Till then, I will be dreaming of the day when runners can collect once more, and I hope everybody who has misplaced a lot through the pandemic can discover one thing to sit up for and hope for sooner or later.

Picture Supply: CelebrityPie Pictures / Megan duBois


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