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Old 04-10-2013, 09:11 PM   #511
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I think with the Goofy being part of the Dopey it will sell out even faster next year. Seen lots of people indicating with the upcoming 10th anniversary of Goofy they are waiting until 2015 for Dopey.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:22 PM   #512
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I'm registered for the full,I'm also glad the two races/challenges,(the full and the Goofy)that appeal most to me are the ones that take the longest to sell out.I'm likely to try the Goofy for 2015 for the anniversary but I'll stick to only the full for 2014.The more I think about getting up at 2am four days in a row for the Dopey the more I'll be in awe of all the Dopeys with their 6 shirts and medals running around the parks.Just wondering what do you guys think will happen next year,will Dopey still sell out super fast or will there be more runners only opting to do the Goofy for the anniversary,making that one go a lot faster.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:27 AM   #513
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Dopey numbers

I did Goofy last year and have signed up for Dopey - which I see is nearly sold out. Anybody know the entry limit? I have asked Disney but they said they couldn't disclose this info! Not sure why it is classified information but would just be interested to know how many Dopey people there are out there!
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:15 AM   #514
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I did Goofy last year and have signed up for Dopey - which I see is nearly sold out. Anybody know the entry limit? I have asked Disney but they said they couldn't disclose this info! Not sure why it is classified information but would just be interested to know how many Dopey people there are out there!
I saw someone post that they were told there would be 4000 Dopey spots. I don't believe that has been confirmed anywhere though.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:17 AM   #515
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I saw someone post that they were told there would be 4000 Dopey spots. I don't believe that has been confirmed anywhere though.
I believe it's 6000 Dopey, 7000 Goofy.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:19 AM   #516
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I am only signed up for full (ha, I can't believe I am saying "only"), but I have been reading through this thread just because I am in awe of all you guys!

A thought occurred to me just now. Do you think there could be enough drop outs or injuries from the Dopey this year that Disney would consider not trying it again in 2015? Or, does Disney just see the $$ from this and not care how many people actually complete it?

I know there has been some debate on this before, but my question also brings up another; how lenient/strict are they going to be on awarding medals at the end for those who didn't finish each event?
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:27 AM   #517
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I am only signed up for full (ha, I can't believe I am saying "only"), but I have been reading through this thread just because I am in awe of all you guys!

A thought occurred to me just now. Do you think there could be enough drop outs or injuries from the Dopey this year that Disney would consider not trying it again in 2015? Or, does Disney just see the $$ from this and not care how many people actually complete it?

I know there has been some debate on this before, but my question also brings up another; how lenient/strict are they going to be on awarding medals at the end for those who didn't finish each event?
Disney does follow the $$ usually, but not always.

The last couple attempts at a relay style race (Wine & Dine or Chip & Dale) both had short lives (2 and 1 years, respectively).
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:53 AM   #518
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:28 AM   #519
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Disney does follow the $$ usually, but not always.

The last couple attempts at a relay style race (Wine & Dine or Chip & Dale) both had short lives (2 and 1 years, respectively).
The W&D and C&D seemed to be a logistical nightmare and that's why they were not continued (I know people that did both and it was hellish it was so disorganized) - were there a lot of injuries? I didn't think that was a factor.

Plus there are a lot of races out there that are longer than the Dopey that people do all the time!
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I preregistered for Dopey. I ran the full in 2010 and am running the Big Sur Marathon in a little more than two weeks which will be my second full. I am turning 40 at the end of the year and was going to celebrate (mourn?) by running Goofy but if I'm going to have a planned mid-life crisis, I might as well do it in style and run Dopey, right?

I'm trying to figure out the best training plan for it. I know I can do the mileage for the marathon but I'm much more comfortable with the half distance.

I'm thinking about doing a 50K training plan, not so much for the overall distance but I find they tend to peak at 50 miles per week which is pretty much what we are going to be doing that weekend.

I found one I might use at http://www.trailrunevents.com/ul/schedule-50k.asp

I like the idea that it has training runs three days in a row which will hopefully prepare me for the four days of Dopey. It also has the long run back to back with another fairly long run. I might swap the days and do the shorter run the day before the long instead of after. I think I will take about five weeks before this to lower the mileage of each day to get used to the number of days of running as I'm only running four now.

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:04 PM   #521
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That 50 mile training plan looks insane, and a really good fit for the 4 runs in a row we'll be doing with Dopey.

EDIT: I just noticed it's a 50k training plan. I thought it was 50 miles. Either way I'm sure the back to back long runs will help build your endurance.

DW and I (having never run a marathon before) are using the Goofy Challenge training plan from Galloway. We've just extended it from a 28 week plan to a 40 week plan so we have a build up. That said, we aren't going for speed, just want to be able to participate in this awesome race.

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:05 PM   #522
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After talking with a bunch of ultra experts, I think that an ultra plan actually wouldn’t be great for Dopey. Ultra plans are designed to get you through 50 miles at one time, and do not account for 20 hours of activity between runs, or 3 additional 2am wake up calls.
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A thought occurred to me just now. Do you think there could be enough drop outs or injuries from the Dopey this year that Disney would consider not trying it again in 2015? Or, does Disney just see the $$ from this and not care how many people actually complete it?
Ok. I really have no idea if I ever will ever attempt Dopey! But I do hope it sticks around for awhile because if I can manage the Goofy challenge next year I would seriously consider trying Dopey the following year or the year after that. Even if I can't finish, I would like to take on the challenge just to see how much I can do and for the experience. That was my plan IF I had signed up for the Dopey this year. Which is also my attitude for even doing a marathon. It's a challenge and if I get ill or injured while running I'll allow myself to quit without shame and try again the following year. :-)

There are plenty who have been running the unofficial Dopey for years now, right? Now there is only one more race to run. I don't think the injury or illness rate would be that much higher, as long as the runners participating in Dopey are well-prepared are smart about it and take recovery seriously after each leg of the Dopey.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:56 PM   #524
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Did the 2013 Goofy and wasn't expecting to do it again for 2014, but the Dopey was just too much of a draw
I agree Mr. Bean. I took a solemn oath that I would not run Disney in January again after that disastrous Full in the heat this year. I registered for Wine and Dine a few weeks before Dopey was announced. Well, I swallowed the Dopey bait hook, line, sinker, rod, and reel. (And glad I did.) Now I am doing both.
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That 50 mile training plan looks insane, and a really good fit for the 4 runs in a row we'll be doing with Dopey.

EDIT: I just noticed it's a 50k training plan. I thought it was 50 miles. Either way I'm sure the back to back long runs will help build your endurance.

DW and I (having never run a marathon before) are using the Goofy Challenge training plan from Galloway. We've just extended it from a 28 week plan to a 40 week plan so we have a build up. That said, we aren't going for speed, just want to be able to participate in this awesome race.

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Interesting training plan! I never looked at the Goofy plan before so I didn't realize that the Saturday (1/2 marathon) training day was only walking. I guess that is a good way to avoid injury, but I am not sure I would feel prepared to do that amount of walking/running during race weekend.

Do you plan to do anything on Fridays to get used to 4 days in a row? Good luck!
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