Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Aug 1, 2013
    Jean from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I signed up for the 5K in Nov. at AK, I just don't know if I will be able to do it within the pace time frame.Am trying so hard to train and get in shape to do it. I am 61 out of shape etc. Am a huge WDW fan. Do other people not finish

    Hi Jean!

    First of all, November is still several months away, so don't give up!!  I have faith in you and know you can do it!  The training will get easier as the temperatures start to fall.  It's hard to run or walk very far in the heat.

    My love of Disney is what got me running distance races.  I wanted to run through the Castle "one time", and I was instantly hooked! 

    To answer your question, YES!  There are many people who aren't able to finish the races, for one reason or another.  That is totally fine.  I know you will be proud of yourself for giving it a shot!  And, I truly think that if you just keep at it, you will cross that finish line at the most magical place on earth!

    The pacers will begin after the VERY LAST person crosses the starting line.  This means that if you can position yourself closer to the front of your starting corral, you will have a few more minutes built into your race time.  The pacers will follow along at the back at a 16 minute-mile speed.  Your goal is to stay ahead of them.  They are always VERY nice and will be encouraging anyone who gets close to them.  Everyone will be on your team! 

    I hope this helps you and I hope you keep at it.  I can't even tell you how amazing it will feel to do this.  Even if you don't finish, you will have a great time while you're there.  And, it will be a step toward doing another one in the future!

    Please let me know if I can help you in any other way, and I hope to see you at the race!!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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