In a Walt Disney World trip diaspora dominated by races, there's not usually a ton of room for training runs. When you're pounding out a half or even a full marathon (or both and more!) you don't exactly want to pile it on. And so when I planned my most recent trip with my mom and there was no race in sight, I knew I needed to squeeze in some early morning solo miles.
My runs took place mostly on the sidewalk that connects all three All-Star results. Not precisely the most magical trail WDW has to offer, but a helluva lot more magical than anywhere else, y'know?
The official running path itself is pretty unassuming - you pick up the sidewalk in front of (or even inside) your resort and then pick a direction. If you head toward the main road you'll run out of the resort past the security checkpoint, a McDonald's in view across the intersection. If you go the other way you'll bottom out in All-Star Movies.
Running the whole thing out and back will net you roundabouts 3 miles if you tack on a little bit of time in Movies. Which I did, circling Bo Peep and Woody and some of Andy's toys. You could easily eke out a little more mileage snaking your way through all three resorts and their oversize decorations, but then you run a greater risk of having to dodge other people, which I didn't want to do. (And yes, there were people out and about at 6am. Go figure.)
There is another chance for expansion - I saw across from the McDonald's a bit of path and a bridge heading into the woods. I don't know where it goes or how far or if it's even accessible by the common man, but I am intrigued. Perhaps I'll have to check it out sometime.
The only other resort I've ever taken a training run in is Pop Century, and to be honest I think I prefer running lazy loops around Hourglass Lake. But the All-Star path ain't bad. And maybe, if I'm very lucky, I'll someday get to run the Boardwalk or even the monorail resort sidewalk. Goals!
Have you run in any of the resorts? Which is your favorite for training?
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