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Old 08-30-2013, 05:10 PM   #1216
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Close to 2 1/2 hrs in line to pay for merchandise. Got in line for bib pick up at 9:00 this morning. Crazy!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:17 PM   #1217
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Merch line is better now, but still ding the Disney line loop like only Disney can. Expo pretty empty now, but uh oh. I think I spotted Dooney's...
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:22 PM   #1218
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Oh the expo lines were horrid...got there at 9:15 for 10 opening and already a snaking line. Official merchandise first...so only about 20 min wait to pay. You would have thought the way the lines were that this was the first event run disney had done ! Felt sorry for the folks who came later and waited over 2hrs to pay.

Shirts are orange and HUGE...believe they are unisex size so should have ordered down a size!

Expo just way too crowded...but...if you are doing dumbo double dare then no choice but to suck it up and go...

And oh yes...there were Dooney's but the same ones offered from marathon in January.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #1219
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So I'm going to admit I'm looking for a miracle here. Long story short. I went to cash register with a I Did It DDD shirt in hand. I walked away with a different white shirt. Yeah the cashier somehow mixed my shirt up with another Dumbos stuff don't ask me how. By the time I discovered this I found this out and got back to expo. All DDD shirts were gone.

After being up since 6 because of doctors appointments. Standing in line for two hours to get afore mentioned merchandise. And struggling to get the I Did It shirt in the first place (when I first walked in ten minutes after opening I couldn't find anything in my size and was told there would be no shirts until tomorrow it took some scrounging to find that shirt). My emotions went over the top and I did the most logical thing in that situation, I started crying.

It ended with them taking our number and address and have said if they get an exchange or return they will let me know and contact me.

So what I'm asking is if anyone has a spare I Did It or knows someone who has one who has it in a size large or bigger. Any of the shirts I don't care if its the men's or women's, if its the red or the white one. If you would be willing to return it so it could be passed on to me I would be really grateful. But only if its a spare.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:50 PM   #1220
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I stood in line in the blazing sun to pick up my bib and park tickets, but after standing in a line that switch backed the entire length and width of the ballroom, I decided to come back later for my shirt. By 2 pm, the only really awful lines were the checkout for the official merchandise, which saved me some money. I decided I didn't want it badly enough to wait in that line. I am disappointed that the shirts run really big, because they are really cute. The shirt exchange was out of every size except XL, well duh.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:04 AM   #1221
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Omg this does not bode well for the Glass Slipper expo and merch.....


Well, merchandise and expo aside I hope everyone is having a great race weekend and GOOD LUCK!
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:18 AM   #1222
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Well my fellow runners it was mighty warm out there! This is my first experience west coast, so not to sure if its the norm or not. My first thoughts.... The staging area seemed a bit confusing and cramped as the officials tried to shuttle the 5k runners to their corrals while they held back the 10k runners but once we were allowed to get to the corrals it seemed to smooth out. As for the course I thought it was a bit of a bore, at least compared to the Disney World runs. Only highlights were the portions in the parks. Donno, maybe I'm just crabby from the heat! Hope everyone had a good race. Time to rest up for tomorrow !
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:20 AM   #1223
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So first race down one to go! Hot one yes but better than Princess. Think I maybe sitting on a PR depending on tomorrow's weather and how much effect today's running has on tomorrow. Which is a surprise to me. It's all going to depend on how my body handles the weather as the miles add up. Denver is dry as heck. I'm not used to a 60 percent humidity. So hoping for temperature and humidity drop. And continued cloud cover!
Posting because we have two pasta party tickets and we have decided not to use them. Ditching the party for a local restaurant a friend introduced us to on last trip here. The tickets are free you would just have to come to the Disneyland Hotel where were staying to pick them up from me. No they don't have the park tickets with them its just the wristbands into the party.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:44 AM   #1224
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So first race down one to go! Hot one yes but better than Princess. Think I maybe sitting on a PR depending on tomorrow's weather and how much effect today's running has on tomorrow. Which is a surprise to me. It's all going to depend on how my body handles the weather as the miles add up. Denver is dry as heck. I'm not used to a 60 percent humidity. So hoping for temperature and humidity drop. And continued cloud cover!
Posting because we have two pasta party tickets and we have decided not to use them. Ditching the party for a local restaurant a friend introduced us to on last trip here. The tickets are free you would just have to come to the Disneyland Hotel where were staying to pick them up from me. No they don't have the park tickets with them its just the wristbands into the party.
Still have them? If so, we would really appreciate it.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #1225
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I have to say that I am a little disappointed in the west coast races so far. I have run all of the 1/2 marathons and the marathon plus one 5k and done the kids races at WDW over the years and have always felt there was good organization, entertainment and communication.
Not so far today. The expo was very poorly signed and I made 2 wrong turns to get in yesterday. The holding area today was ok but it was not clear where to exit to got to the corrals. The time between the 5k and 10k was insufficient (and I knew that before race day!). I had to run to my corral after leaving the staging area exactly when I was directed to. Then there was no good way to leaving the finish line area after the race! We should not have to walk all the way around the hotel to get back. I ended up not getting a chance to return to my hotel between my race and the kids race because I wasn't sure if I would even be able to get to my hotel without walking way more than I wanted to. Then the kids races! Ugh! They shunt us into the finish area with no entertainment, no instructions, and no real organizations. For more than 30 minutes! Kids are crying, losing their minds and NOT having fun. In FL they have a DJ with dancing and games and they don't corral the kids until it is their turn! So much better. This sucks. And cost us more.
Not impressed at all. I hope tomorrow goes smoother.

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Old 08-31-2013, 11:53 AM   #1226
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Still have them? If so, we would really appreciate it.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:20 PM   #1227
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I have to say that I am a little disappointed in the west coast races so far. I have run all of the 1/2 marathons and the marathon plus one 5k and done the kids races at WDW over the years and have always felt there was good organization, entertainment and communication.
Not so far today. The expo was very poorly signed and I made 2 wrong turns to get in yesterday. The holding area today was ok but it was not clear where to exit to got to the corrals. The time between the 5k and 10k was insufficient (and I knew that before race day!). I had to run to my corral after leaving the staging area exactly when I was directed to. Then there was no good way to leaving the finish line area after the race! We should not have to walk all the way around the hotel to get back. I ended up not getting a chance to return to my hotel between my race and the kids race because I wasn't sure if I would even be able to get to my hotel without walking way more than I wanted to. Then the kids races! Ugh! They shunt us into the finish area with no entertainment, no instructions, and no real organizations. For more than 30 minutes! Kids are crying, losing their minds and NOT having fun. In FL they have a DJ with dancing and games and they don't corral the kids until it is their turn! So much better. This sucks. And cost us more.
Not impressed at all. I hope tomorrow goes smoother.

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Agreed, and I really appreciate your post! I ran the 10K this morning with our teen boys and my husband. It was our first runDisney experience and the boys and I are already registered for PHM weekend events in February. I loved the 10K today, but can see the need for some additional organization. I expected more signage for both the 10K and the expo. Our boys said they would definitely do another runDisney 10K, and my husband is definitely up for another 10K, but not Disney.

Our youngest son ran the kids races this morning and wow - I really hope it's better for the PHM kids races at WDW in February. He had fun today, but I was surprised by the extraordinary wait time with no entertainment. We arrived at the staging area at 9:30am (as instructed) and finished at 11:30am - for a 200 meter dash. Yikes! On the other hand, when I approached a CM in the finish line area because I could not find my son, they were on it immediately and located him within about 30 seconds. But that would have been avoided if the entire event were more organized with more clear instructions. From the loudspeaker announcements, it sounds like we weren't the only family having difficulty reuniting after the kids' run.

Still love runDisney and looking forward to the PHM - just hoping things go a little smoother with the kids run, and looking forward to spending race weekend in the "Disney bubble" at WDW.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:37 PM   #1228
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To the two people who never ran a west coast race please understand its never been like this before. I can't speak for the kids races since I am 20 something and have no kids. But normally the organization is a lot, lot better than this. I've attended this race three years now. The last two years it was like your average race expo. The only long line you would see would be at opening and usually the packet pick up line was a lot longer than the expo tour not the other way around. What I think happened is they added the 10k but didn't really the plan for the effect adding a race and a challenge would have on everything in general. Hopefully they now know that adding races means things get crazier and they will account for it at the upcoming races.
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To the two people who never ran a west coast race please understand its never been like this before. I can't speak for the kids races since I am 20 something and have no kids. But normally the organization is a lot, lot better than this. I've attended this race three years now. The last two years it was like your average race expo. The only long line you would see would be at opening and usually the packet pick up line was a lot longer than the expo tour not the other way around. What I think happened is they added the 10k but didn't really the plan for the effect adding a race and a challenge would have on everything in general. Hopefully they now know that adding races means things get crazier and they will account for it at the upcoming races.
Thank you! That's very reassuring - I was thinking about the coast-to-coast in the next couple years, and your post is very helpful.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:11 PM   #1230
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Whoops on the double post! Wasnt sure the first one came through!
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