The 2008 Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge was better than expected.
This is my 3rd Goofy' race and a Half Challenge. Saturday was the half marathon. The weather was perfect and the race course flat. Disney really knows how to put on a show and handle crowds. Once I entered the main race area there was a band and lots of other tents and action. The best advice that I can give here is just go to the baggage check tents and go through to the staging area, find a place to lie or sit down and get off your feet! There were plenty of portajohns and volunteers with water. It was definitely less crowded and when we were marshaled out to the staging area, which was a bit of a walk, getting a spot to sit/lie down in the corral was very easy.
Of course, the start of the race was incredible with fireworks and lots of music. The start was in waves which really helps with the crowd control. There are a few bottle necks that happen in the first 2 miles. I just allowed myself to go with the flow and not try to speed up and pass in these areas. Once at mile two there was a lot more space and room to run. The key for me was to finish with as fresh as legs as possible, and start recovery for the marathon ASAP. After the half marathon, I made sure to eat a good breakfast, walked in the pool after, and slept with a focus of staying off my feet.
The next day was again great weather and again ,my focus at the marshaling area was to stay off my feet. The marathon course was just as much fun. Along with the power gels my disposable camera was fun to have as there were many characters along the way. I felt that Disney had many aid stations, I think 22, so I never felt like I had to wait too long for a drink.
Overall, Disney really puts on a good race. They have an expo with wonderful speakers. I particularly enjoyed listening to Bill Rodgers speak. They all provided useful insight and continued to expand my knowledge as a runner. The course has many distractions that keep your mind occupied. Also, after the races, there is a lot to do and keep your family busy. I have been to Walt Disney World at busy times (like New Years) and the crowds this time of year are low. I will be back next year to keep the streak alive!!