CONGRATULATIONS Disney SNAILS!!
Can you believe it?!! Time to dust off your mouse ears and tutus...race day is here!! Woohoo!!
The Disney website has all the info you need for the Expo and Race Day!
Please go to the following link for all the race day details:
Even with all this excitement, try to get some sleep. The lack of sleep adds more stress to your body, thus takes away from your energy supply. This is better spent on Sunday.
**Carpooling with fellow RA members on Expo and Race Day is highly recommended!
Things to Remember Expo Day:
*Directions to Expo
*Race waiver and receipt - you can download and print this directly from the website.
*Proof of time if you need to switch corral assignment.
*Do NOT arrive at the Expo early or when the doors open, the line to get in will be ginormous! An hour after opening is usually good. Thursday is always the best day to go if possible!
*Don't walk around too much the day before the race...Expo only!
*Seeing a movie and staying off your feet is ideal.
*Bring a water bottle with you for the expo for registration pick up. It gets very hot with so many people, you want to make sure you are continuing your hydration. You cannot pick up your registration packet on race morning so do it on Friday or Saturday
*DO NOT TRY ANYTHING NEW... this is so important for food samples, clothing, socks, shoes, etc. What you have trained with is your best routine. You don't want problems of chaffing, stomach aches, or blisters to start occurring on race day.
*Enjoy the buzz of excitement. You have worked hard for the last four months; you deserve to take in the moment.
Things to Remember Race Day:
*Directions to race
*Your fellow ASP Running Academy members and coaches are meeting before the race, by the pre-race water table between 4:15-4:30 AM.
**See Event Guide Page 29 for staging area map and location of pre race water table.
Arrive early!! BEING PARKED NO Later than 3:30 AM is highly recommended!!!
There will be 25,000 runners, plus their friends and family...there will be a lot of traffic and stress if you do not arrive by 4 AM!!
*4:30 AM group photo, then off to the starting line where your coaches will assist you in getting you to your correct corral assignment.
**Your fellow Snails and coaches will be cheering you on between miles 9.5 & 10 at the Big A before you head into the stadium for your victory lap! There will be some special aid station refreshments there for you...so look for the Snail tent!
*DO THE SAME ROUTINE YOU HAVE DONE FOR YOUR TRAINING RUNS.
*Eat the same breakfast, hydrate the same, etc.
*Pin your number to the front of your shirts... this is how the photographers identify you and post to the website.
*Make meeting arrangements with your family and friends post race...there is a
"Family & Friends" Reunion Area where you can meet up with your cheering section of supporters after crossing that finish line!
Here are some race ready tips:
*If you're going to drive yourself to the start the morning of, keep in mind the roads close earlier. Take a look at the website to be aware of the streets that are closed.
*It's going to be a warm morning but, if you tend to get cold, wear a raggedy sweatshirt or trash bag to keep you warm race morning. Choose one you won't mind throwing off when it gets warmer. Typically these sweatshirts are collected and donated to shelters.
*Carry at least $10 with you in case you don't see anyone post-race and need to buy food.
*Don't wear anything you haven't tried before--especially socks! *Bring that small disposable camera and/or phone...lots of photo opportunities during this race!
*GET LOTS OF SLEEP TWO NIGHTS BEFORE!!! (Friday)That is the most important night's sleep for the race!
Remember why you came out here. We have taken you only so far, now you must dig deep within yourself to pull through. You have all trained hard and will do great!
Good luck!...but most of all...have fun!!!