Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Florida Marathon?

I was listening to a podcast called the Runners Round Table which is put out by a group of running podcasters who get together via the web and discuss running. Check out the podcast if you want but they got me thinking as this week's show was all about the recent Disney Marathon.

I am always looking ahead at the question if I can only do one marathon or beyond in a state which race would I do?

For Florida, I have always figured I would do the Disney Marathon, actually I would want to do the Goofy which just means running the 1/2 marathon the day before the marathon. Anyway, the problem is, in listening to the podcast, they talked about the 21,000+ runners which is the issue. As I have gotten older, I don't like being around huge crowds ever, for anything, for any reason if I have a choice. So, 21,000 runners even at Disney sounds like it would be packed in. I think I will email some of the folks and get a feel as in a perfect world, we would do Disney in 2011 or 12.

To help me remember I am posting links to the Disney posts of some of those who were interviewed, my hope is that they provide me a reference as I rethink Florida over the coming years.

Jason's Disney post - The Palmetto Runner
Gordon's Disney post - Run to Disney
MarathonChris's Disney post - Running Adventures
Maddy's Disney post - Gotta Run

So back to the question, if I can only do one marathon or beyond in Florida can I tolerate the crowds at Disney? Good question?


SteveQ said...

I just talked to a friend who did Disney. He said it was fun and well-run, but that, after he ducked into a restaurant men's room he knew was on the course, 200 people followed him.

Londell said...

But Disney hast the ultra dream! Half Marathon Saturday, full Marathon Sunday... Had a friend that did it and it had always been in the back of my mind...


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