Some interesting news surfaced and the runDisney groups I'm part of were blowing up like crazy yesterday. There was a leak of information about a new challenge being added to the WDW Marathon weekend in January.
Goofy Challenge has long been reigning as the supreme runDisney challenge having
runners run a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. You get
both of the race medals, plus the Goofy challenge medal. Sweet, we all love our
bling, right? However, over the years people have been running the 5K that is held on
that Friday, as well as the Goofy challenge, creating an "unofficial Dopey
challenge". There is no extra medal from runDisney for doing this as this is not an officially sanctioned challenge, though
individual runners have taken it upon themselves to create their own medal to
commemorate their accomplishment.
However yesterday, pictures were posted of a pricing list for WDW Marathon weekend and along with the Goofy Challenge, an
"official" Dopey Challenge and a brand new 10K race was listed.
::brain and wallet exploding::
were going crazy for two reasons.
1) The Dopey Challenge is finally being recognized by runDisney and all us
runners that like to challenge our boundaries in running, racing and get extra bling
(let's not try and fool ourselves, we can be bling whores at times) while doing
so, will jump at the chance to do it; especially if it includes the Disney magic we
have grown to expect and love.
2) The price. It is cost prohibitive, even to many of the runDisney faithful who
sometimes inadvertently end up running most of the races each year just because
we love the themes and camaraderie that much.
The pricing list that was
released for this race weekend was outrageous, in my opinion. runDisney is adding a 10K, I'm assuming because there has been enough requests and interest in having another race distance added to these weekends for people who want to be involved, but can't run half or full marathon distances. Also, I'm assuming after they saw the sign-up frenzy that occurred for the new 10K race during the Disneyland Half weekend in August, it was reason enough for them to introduce the idea to their Florida race weekends. However the new 10K was
priced the same as the half and full marathon at $160! That's a crazy stupid
price for a 10K, the most I've ever spent on a 10K was $60 and I even got a
medal with that race. I understand that runDisney race pricing tends to be higher
than most other race series, but $160 for a 10K? No thanks, I'll pass.
The Dopey Challenge price is $495 for the three races. ::picking jaw up off the floor::
Now it did not state
which three races it would be, though the speculation is that it is either the original
Dopey combo of 5K, half and full, or with the new race they are introducing,
10K, half and full. Regardless, the three races break up into $165 each if you
divide the total price by three races, so my guess based on price point is that
it is the 10K, half and full. That being said, there are still people that will run
all four races (5K, 10K, half and full) and still make their own
"unofficial" challenge. Now that Dopey has officially been taken by
runDisney I wonder what people will call it. I say they call it the "Mad
Hatter Chase", because you would have to be absolutely MAD to run 48.6
miles in 4 days.
Regardless of the above, this is all still speculation until there is an official release from runDisney, but still, there is A LOT of talk going on about this.
Question for you: Would you participate in this race weekend even with those price points? What do you think of the new challenge and addition of 10K race? Too much too soon?