Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Dumbo Double Dare
So, I'm completely insane, but I've gone and registered for the Dumbo Double Dare, running the new Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon on consecutive days. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm planning to do actual, specific, planned training for the half this time - it's time to put my 2:15 to bed. And, given that I did an 8K and a Half this fall, I'm not so worried about finishing the distances - I don't think this is anywhere as big a challenge (for me) as the Goofy would be (Disney World Half & Full on consecutive days).
There are a TON of unhappy people over on the RunDisney facebook page, though, who didn't get into the Dumbo or the 10K before they both sold out (Dumbo in less than an hour, the 10K took 2-3 hours) after registration opened at noon EST today. I'm not really fussed (then again, I got in). I was absolutely certain that the Dumbo was going to sell out incredibly quickly - I don't think I expected the same for the 10K, though. This is what races do these days - when the Chicago Marathon opens in a few days, I'm sure it will be less than 24 hours until it's sold out. Ironman's an extreme example, but those events can sell out in seconds. I think that if you're serious about running certain events you learn to plan for them or you enter lotteries and hope that you eventually get in.
Part of the frustration is that a number of spots went to people who registered before the official opening gong, either at the Disney World Marathon expo, the Tinkerbell expo, or because they had special links for Disney Visa Card or Annual Pass holders. That's certainly Disney's prerogative. And, frankly, if you knew where to look, those links were actually available to the public, too. I don't really have much of a point, but to say that I don't think RunDisney did anything wrong here - races are popular and exciting and people want to be part of them. Capacity is limited (thank goodness - nothing worse than a crowded course) and not everyone gets in. As this sport becomes increasingly popular, it's going to continue to happen (maybe people are more likely to be pitching a fit, because so many RunDisney participants don't do tons of other big races?). And it's just something that runners have learned or need to learn to plan for when they draw up their racing schedule.