In When Jenn LIKES Doing “Just” The WDW Marathon

Just the 2018 WDW Marathon was my favorite race so far!
A couple days after the Walt Disney World Marathon, half the people you encounter in Orlando International Airport ran the race. We’re all decked out in our gear, a lot of have on our medals, and we’re all dying to talk about it; it’s one of the only times I ever cheerfully talk to strangers. 
So there I am, chatting with a nice family from Houston as I wait outside my gate with my subpar airport wrap. Seeing my medal, they congratulate me on completing the Goofy Challenge. “We only ran the marathon,” they say, almost apologetically.
Weirdly enough, I have had a conversation like this on multiple occasions. Heck, my very first time in 2015, when I did Dopey, I met a woman who said practically the same thing: “Oh, I only ran the marathon.”
Excuse me? You only did what now?
You only ran 26.2 grueling miles that you trained hard for? You’re one of the, I don’t know, 1% of the population or whatever that can call themselves a marathoner?
Look, I can get caught up in this way of thinking myself sometimes. Of my six WDW Marathons, only two have been completed as part of challenges. “Oh, you did Dopey; I just ran the marathon,” I once said to the woman next to me at the California Grill bar.
And it’s not like we’re wrong. We did, comparatively, do less.
But we still ran a full freakin’ marathon, which sure as hell ain’t nothing. And besides, I like running only the marathon. The challenges are fun and all, but running only one race makes the whole thing less stressful. There are all the anxiety-inducing trappings of the race, of course – waking up and getting to the bus on time, etc. – but mostly you don’t have to think about anything but that one experience. You can relax and enjoy it. Everything you’ve got in the tank is fresh; no leftovers here. And you’re not yet jaded by course or characters. It’s a good time.
Doing Dopey and Goofy was awesome. But I think next year I might do just the marathon. I kinda like it that way. 
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How To Add On A runDisney Challenge After You’ve Already Registered

I’ve seen the question pop up many a time in the runDisney fan Facebook groups: “I’m registered for just the half marathon, but I want to go Goofy! I’m registered for Goofy, but I want to be Dopey! Can I upgrade to a race challenge?”

Well, I lived that very tale, and I’m here to tell you that it’s both doable and doable easily – for a price.

My first step was to email rundisney@disneysports.com. I laid out my dilemma – I was registered for the full but wanted to switch to Goofy – and requested information as to how I could make that switch.

A couple days later I received a very nice response telling me that it wouldn’t be a problem provided that I took the following steps:

First, I was to register for Goofy outright. You do this like you would if you were starting fresh. Don’t dilly-dally as if the race you want to transfer to sells out they can no longer help you.

Once this was done, I was to fill out a transfer form. This was a PDF attached to the initial email I received. It wasn’t too complicated – it asked for my basic information plus the registration numbers of my former marathon registration and my new Goofy registration.

I sent this back in an email response and voila! Well, not entirely voila. I was assured that once the form was processed I would receive a refund on my original marathon registration, which I did – minus a $45 transfer fee. This strikes me as a little steep but I think we’ve all accepted by now that when it comes to pricing, Disney does what Disney wants.

And that’s it! As far as I’m aware you can follow this process for transfers in any runDisney race weekend. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, however.

You can only transfer up, not down. The form I received (which I can only assume is customized per race weekend) offered the opportunity to transfer from the 10K to the half, half to full, full to Goofy, and Goofy to Dopey (with any combination leapfrogging to a higher distance permissible). There’s no option to go backwards – if you’re in the marathon, you can’t get any money back dropping down to the half.

The other thing to note is that there is a transfer deadline. For this year’s marathon weekend it’s October 8, but it’s going to be different every race weekend and year. If this is something you’re pondering, make sure you check that deadline now so that you don’t miss out.

runDisney mentions the ability to make transfers in your account, which may be a new feature. You can check that out on their race policies page. The above was my experience in April 2019 but things do change. The good news is you can always start by emailing that rundisney@disneysports.com email address – it’s a pretty low risk way to start.

Hope this helps somebody! See ya at the Goofy races – I’ll be the one who’s just relieved she woke up on time. >D

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Ummmmm… Change Of Plans, Guys

OHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOO

You may recall how last week I was all, hey! I signed up for the WDW Marathon! Duh!

You may also recall how a couple months ago I was like, runDisney challenges aren’t for me, man.

And if you read that post, you may further remember that I rather prophetically noted that this mandate would likely go out the window the second someone suggested I do a challenge with them.

Which leads me to a couple days ago, when Erika (remember Erika?) texted me to ask if I was doing the WDW Marathon next year. Of course, I said.

Well, she said, do I recommend she do the half or the full? I said that she should do whatever makes her feel most excited.

And then I STUPIDLY added, if you the half, I’ll probably sign up for that too, ha ha!

And then she said, oh, if you do both, I’ll do both too!

And then, like an idiot, I sent her the link to the Goofy Challenge.

Moving it along: the next day she sends me a screenshot of her Goofy registration, I write runDisney and ask to transfer, they tell me how (I’ll explain later), and bang zoom, I’m registered for Goofy.

I’ve been Dopey before, so I know I can do it. And it’s practically fiscally responsible, right? I mean, with Erika sharing my room, I get half my money back there. Logic!

So anyway, I’ll see you bright and hellishly early on the mornings of January 11 and 12 for the WDW half and full marathons. Remember, once you’re awake the hard part is over!

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