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So. I'm not registering for the new Dopey Challenge on Marathon Weekend (5K + 10K + Half + Full). I never had a desire to go Goofy (Half + Full), so Dopey's definitely too much for me. Even Mickey (Full) pushed my limit. But that still leaves Donald (Half) and Minnie (10K) as options, you say! Which leads me to say something that almost pains me, and as a Disney Park lover that I never dreamed I would:
I reached my runDisney tipping point - and tipped over.
runDisney has priced me out of their races. And not just that - I feel that the level of service has gone down in the past couple of years, while the prices have skyrocketed (yes, registration cost is a big factor, but so is lodging - especially now that marathon weekend is no longer considered "value" season at the resorts). The Marathon Weekend races have become overcrowded, and I truly believe that the almighty dollar has finally managed to outpace Disney's legendary customer service - at least when it comes to the runDisney brand. Maybe I'm just feeling nostalgic for "the good old days," but Disney race weekends have lost a little "magic" for me.
Not to say I didn't have to almost physically restrain myself from going into Active yesterday and registering for SOMETHING (especially the Minnie 10K) - the desire was there. I love racing through the parks, getting Disney bling, and seeing a lot of good friends on race weekends. I'm already experiencing serious FOMO over that weekend, and I'll be insanely jealous of everyone's beautiful medals. But I just can't do it next year. I need a break from the craziness into which Disney races have evolved recently.
So the annual (and regularly semi-annual) runDisney trips for this girl are no more. The plan is to hopefully be back for Marathon Weekend in 2015, but even that is up in the air (especially if the prices keep increasing at the current rate - ouch!). In the meantime I'm going to try to plan a non-running trip to WDW (kinda forgot we could do those) during a week where it's not as crowded and we can just enjoy the parks and get some of that magic back.
I haven't updated the tag line or the title block of the blog yet, because I'm just not sure what to put up there. And it's not just because I'm not participating in Marathon Weekend - I'm not planning to run ANY Disney races in the next year. Which is saying something considering they've got quite the year coming up!
- Expedition Everest Challenge
- Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare
- Tower of Terror 10 Miler
- Wine & Dine
- Inaugural Dopey Challenge
Q4U: So what do y'all think? If you've participated in past runDisney events, have you noticed the same changes I have? Is it keeping you from going back or is the Mouse still getting your running money? Why or why not? I'd love to hear your opinions!