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kaf7878
01-02-2006, 11:26 AM
Anyone???

Lisa loves Pooh
01-02-2006, 12:26 PM
2:15am on Saturday (due to required meeting in lobby with Team in Training at 3am).

Sunday probably about the same time for some last encouragement for our full athletes.

We've been advised to board busses between 3 and 3:30am--probably closer to 3:00.

msblrobs
01-02-2006, 03:35 PM
For the 1/2, which I'm running with DH, we'll probably get up at 3:00, be out of the Swan by 4:30 and drive over to EPCOT.
For the full, I'll probably get up at 2:30 and be out for the bus by 3:30. Unless DH wants to come for the start, then we'll repeat from Saturday.

trpscooby
01-02-2006, 03:48 PM
DH will probably be up around 2:30 to 2:45 for the full. Me and DD, however will be fast asleep at least until 5:30! :sunny:

keenercam
01-02-2006, 03:49 PM
Planning to wake at 3 and be at the bus stop by 3:30.

TammyNC
01-02-2006, 04:22 PM
I am planning to wake between 2 & 2:15 and try to be at the bus stop by 3:00 or 3:15. This was the timing that I used last year and it seemed to work fine. I'm hoping to meet up with a few others staying at BC to ride the bus over for the 1/2.

princessmomma
01-02-2006, 04:43 PM
For the full, I'll probably get up at 2:30 and be out for the bus by 3:30. Unless DH wants to come for the start, then we'll repeat from Saturday.


Hey Sara, I am at the Swan too! Would you be interested in meeting up at the bus at 3:30? DH will be staying with the kids so I will be making the journey to the start line solo.

Colleen

plutosmyfav
01-02-2006, 06:34 PM
I'm planning to get up at 4:00 and be out the door by 4:30 (walking from POFQ). That's for the Full.

msblrobs
01-02-2006, 07:24 PM
Hey Sara, I am at the Swan too! Would you be interested in meeting up at the bus at 3:30? DH will be staying with the kids so I will be making the journey to the start line solo.

Colleen

Meeting up sounds great to me Colleen. I would love some company :earsgirl: If you're going to dinner at Trails End on Friday, I'll confirm with you then. If not, give me a call at the hotel. The reservation's in my name. My last name is Roberts.

princessmomma
01-02-2006, 07:55 PM
Great Sara, we will be at TE! See you then, if something comes up, I will call you Saturday! :wave2:

Calcio
01-02-2006, 08:23 PM
Sunny

It is about 1/4 from the lobby of POFQ to the start of the Marathon. Last year I left the lobby at 5:35 and was in the corrals by 5:45. If you leave at 4:30 you'll be in the corrals in 10 minutes, and then have a very long wait indeed for the start.

For the full on Sunday morning, honestly, I'll do my stretching in the lobby of POFQ and then walk out about 5:40. That will get me into the corrals with just enough time to get comfortable, and then listen for the gun.

Craig

plutosmyfav
01-02-2006, 09:17 PM
Thanks for the reminder, Craig

Maybe I can be calm and wait at least 15 more minutes before leaving but I'm afraid I'll be a nervous wreck! I want to check my bag which I believe needs to be checked by 5AM. Come to think of it, I don't have a clue as to why I need a bag to check... I suppose I could bring my WISH shirt to change into right after the race. They provide food and drink, right?

So what's the bag for????? Just a change of clothes? But there's no where to truly change, right? Oh I'm a mess....

Tiger Lily 03
01-02-2006, 11:29 PM
Probably getting up about 2:15-2:30 and at 'em for 3:00-3:15.

Leaving from BW.

I will be one of those wandering around quite early. I like getting there early and enjoying the experience of all of it.

Getting really nervous.

10nis
01-03-2006, 07:48 AM
hey plutosmyfav...(I think Sunny??)

Walking from POFQ--you will cross the street straight to the corrals. In doing so, you get to eliminate the "start zone"--which is a 20 min walk from the corrals. The start zone is where you would drop off a bag, listen to the band and announcer, wait in line for a port o potty--generally sit around for an hour and wait until they let us walk down to the corrals. They open up that pathway from the start zone to the corrals about 5am if I remember correctly.

Good luck and have fun--

plutosmyfav
01-03-2006, 08:46 AM
hey plutosmyfav...(I think Sunny??)

Walking from POFQ--you will cross the street straight to the corrals. In doing so, you get to eliminate the "start zone"--which is a 20 min walk from the corrals. The start zone is where you would drop off a bag, listen to the band and announcer, wait in line for a port o potty--generally sit around for an hour and wait until they let us walk down to the corrals. They open up that pathway from the start zone to the corrals about 5am if I remember correctly.

Good luck and have fun--

Thank you! If I walk straight to the corrals from POFQ then there is no last chance for a potty break? And, if I do want to check a bag, then I have to do the 20 minute walk to get there, and then 20 minute back to the corrals? I better know what I'm doing ahead of time!

Sunny

10nis
01-03-2006, 10:00 AM
There are port o pottys all along the route from the "start zone" to the corrals which are not far from the corrals as well. As we walk from that "start zone" to the corrals the port o potties are on the left and I recall there being a field w/ trees and brush on the right--many people were relieving themselves in the field on the right instead of waiting for a port o potty. There were PLENTY of port o potties in this area as well as the "start zone" area.

About you walking across the street from POFQ, past the corrals and 20 min up to the start zone. They keep us up in the "start zone" until about 5am--I couldn't even see where we were going or what was going on down there. I imagine it would be like swimming upstream if you try to do it--seems like the runners started lining up to make the 20 min walk about 430a??

Personally, if it were me--I would wait until 530a, walk across the street and into my corral :goodvibes All we did was sit/stand around for 2 hours stressing out!!!! Plus, your last potty break can be in the hotel instead of a port o potty :cool1:

Calcio
01-03-2006, 11:56 AM
Sunny

Yes, the port o potties and bag checks are on the other side of the starting corrals in the EPCOT parking lot staging area. To get there from POFQ would be a herculean effort if you are running the marathon.

Also the walk to the corrals from POFQ is shorter than the walk from the staging area. If you hit the bathroom one last time in your hotel room you'll be quicker than using the port o potties.

We're not taking anything to the start that we won't wear in the race. Throw aways if necessary for the weather over our running clothes and nothing else. After I finish the full I have the food and drink I need, then we'll slip back to our room at POFQ.


For the half marathon with the start about 1 mile down the marathon course, I suspect we'll leave our room about 5:15. For the full I'll leave about 5:35.

3 days and a bit.

Craig

xterratri
01-03-2006, 12:00 PM
Maybe those of us staying at the Port Orleans resorts can set a meet up time for Sunday morning.(I'm at Riverside rather than FQ but still plan on walking- it's not very much further) What about the 2 different start locations though? How is that going to affect this plan?

Calcio
01-03-2006, 01:00 PM
Lynne

The start for the full is literally right outside the guard booth to the entrance of POFQ. From that booth you walk a bit south on the 2 lane road, turn right, walk over a bridge above a canal, and you are there. Port Orleans Riverside is next to POFQ, so it looks like your walk may be 1/2 mile longer at most.

The start for the half appears to be just past mile 1 of the full course. Same process to get to the start of the full, then walk the remaining mile north and then west along the 3 lane road to the start.

For those interested, a good place to meet would be by the guard booth on the access road into POFQ. From there it's probably 1/4 mile to the start of the full.

On race days I follow a rather quirky routine, which I developed a long time ago on game days when I was a competitive soccer player. My wife saw it up close for the first time last January when we ran the half together, and after a while she told me, "would you just quit that!" It is the manifestation of my worst compulsive-obsessive tendencies, so although I'm happy to provide information, I'll be going it alone race morning.

Good luck to all.

Craig

kaf7878
01-03-2006, 01:35 PM
Craig,

How far apart are the red and blue starts for the full? I'm trying to figure our which start I'll be at if I plan on finishing in abt 5 hrs. We're staying at OKW and looking at the map it seems the blue start is right across from there.

Also, at the end of the full, how do you get back to your hotel--do you walk back or ride busses?

Thanks, Kelly

plutosmyfav
01-03-2006, 03:08 PM
THanks Craig and 10nis, I was totally confused on the whole bag check thing. I don't need to check a bag so I will not plan on swimming upstream before the marathon!!!!!!! With that in mind, I will definitely leave my room later than I said before. I guess more like 5:20 (I'm still way too nervous to cut it as close as you, Craig).

Thanks so much for the inside info. This is the whole reason we are staying at POFQ (which is also thanks to your inside info, Craig)!

Sunny

sixshoreline
01-03-2006, 04:57 PM
Anyone leaving from Shades of Green? Do we need to go over to Poly to get a bus to the start or will they have one going straight from SOG? :bounce:

Calcio
01-03-2006, 07:34 PM
Kelly

The red and blue starts for the full marathon are about 100 yards apart. The right start is more forward, it was the full start last year. The left start is behind a bit, it was the half start last year. The right goes forward, loops around to the right, goes under the road, and enters EPCOT at the front entrance. The left goes straight, up a bit, turns left, enters EPCOT in the back, then pops out of a big wooden gate between the U.K. and Canada pavillions.

I've only done the half so far, so I've not finished at the full finish line in the EPCOT lot. For the half I hope to be able to walk back to POFQ after we finish, but I expect Disney security to stop that. They'll probably make us take the bus. After finishing the full my wife will escort/carry me through EPCOT to our room at the Boardwalk Villas. I want to wear those medals through the park. And people BETTER APPLAUD.

Just like you, I hope to finish the full just under 5 hours. After doing the half Saturday my target is to hit the half way point for the full in 2:30 and then see what's in the tank for those last 13.1.

Sunny

I well understand you're desire to leave a bit early. Last year I would have been perfectly happy to wait as long as possible, but my wife, who was running her first ever half (and was all hyped up and ready to go) pushed me out of our room about 5:20. I was able to delay her in the lobby, stretching and hitting the bathroom, but she forced me out the door toward the corrals sooner than I would have liked.

See both of you Sunday.

Craig

plutosmyfav
01-03-2006, 07:35 PM
One more POFQ question: Will it be difficult to walk back to POFQ after the race? I know Disney roads are not set up for pedestrians and there will be traffic by then.

Thanks :)

chimera
01-03-2006, 07:36 PM
Planning to wake at 3 and be at the bus stop by 3:30.

That's my plan, too. I don't want to get up any earlier than I have to. If all else fails, I can drive to the start ;)

plutosmyfav
01-03-2006, 07:38 PM
Craig, I guess our posts crossed. Guess walking back is probably out of the question. Oh well.

fwalker3
01-04-2006, 06:46 AM
Does the monorail run continuously? If I am syauing at the Contemporary, and I am not planning on checking any bags, do I have to be there before 5am?

This is my first time to WDW and it is not clear to me why there is so much time alotted (SO very early in the morning)

Thanks!

Jynohn
01-04-2006, 08:43 AM
Anyone leaving from Shades of Green? Do we need to go over to Poly to get a bus to the start or will they have one going straight from SOG? :bounce:

I stayed at Shades of Green last year for the marathon, and yes there was a bus leaving directly from there. Good luck! :flower:

Jynohn