January 4, 2017 – Race Expo!

January 4, 2017 – Part One​

Our original plans included a breakfast ADR at 8:15am on this morning, however once we found out that the Race Expo wasn’t opening until noon (as opposed to the 10am we thought), we were able to move our reservation to 9:15am. I will always agree with more sleep! Our alarm went at 7:30, but we hit snooze and slept until a little after 8am. Once I was able to drag myself out of bed, we got ready and headed to the bus stop – which was right across the road from our room – so handy!

I can’t remember if I mentioned it already or not, but we were in building #35 – here’s what it looked like:

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Our room was on the first floor, on the left side of this picture (kind of underneath that staircase that you can see there).

Once we arrived at the bus stop, the internal shuttle came almost immediately! We could have hopped on any bus that came along, but this was just the first one :) We didn’t have a very long ride, the Turtle Pond Bus Stop was the last one before Hospitality House (the main building) – which is where we hopped off. Our breakfast reservation was at Olivia’s Cafe – you can read that review here :)

After we finished eating, we went back to our room and brushed our teeth and packed my purse. Then it was back to the main building so we could catch the shuttle bus to the Race Expo!

We ended up arriving at the ESPN Wide World of Sports around 11:30, and the race expo wasn’t scheduled to open until noon, but quite a few things were already open. We were able to grab our 5k tshirts and bibs with zero wait.

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Once we had our 5k stuff in hand, the line for the half and full marathon had begun moving so we jumped into that line so Luke could grab his half marathon shirt and bib. I love that the race shirts show the parks you run through on the sleeve (Luke’s 10k shirt from last year had Epcot, the half marathon shirts show Epcot and Magic Kingdom and the full marathon has all 4 parks).

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When the 2017 runDisney New Balance shoes were released online, Luke got excited since the Toy Story ones were the exact style of shoe he wears for running. He tried to sign up for the Virtual Queue the night before, but the website wasn’t working properly – by the time he got it to work it kept giving him times in the evening, which wasn’t going to work for us. We decided to stop by anyway, and one employee said she could help us since Luke did technically have a time. Luke knew he wanted the Toy Story ones, and they are awesome!

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The lady helping us asked me if I wanted to try a pair on, and I made a spur of the moment decision and asked for the Haunted Mansion ones ::yes::. I tried them on, and even though I don’t typically wear New Balance shoes (I love my Asics), they were so pretty they just had to come home with me…

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The shoes are pricey, but they are so comfortable! We both wore them on our Disneyland trip at the end of January, and had zero issues or pain. Luke told me that his Toy Story ones are even nicer than all his other sneakers despite being the exact model he always buys. He thinks they might have extra cushioning?

We also spent a small fortune on runDisney merchandise:

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We each bought one of these bright orange shirts. The actual tshirts you get for the 5k are just cotton, but I wanted a technical shirt from the race and this one was really cute :)

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I also bought the 2017 runDisney Christmas ornament, but I don’t have a picture of that…

I loved the runDisney Dooney & Bourke, but I couldn’t justify the price tag since I had just bought myself the Haunted Mansion Dooney a few month prior…

We then caught the bus back to OKW to drop off our purchases, and pack a park bag.

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