- Feb 26, 2014
As long as there are new suckers--I mean, runners--willing to fork out the bucks to run at Disney, RD will not care about cookie-cutter courses.
I'd say the potential suckers are us return runners, not the runners who go down for a one and done race to experience Disney. A lot of this may come down to what RunDisney feels their core demographic is. Are they generating the most revenue from loyal returning runners for whom a variety of courses is a selling point or is it the one time visitor that is not going to care where the course runs as long as it's at Disney? Every year around W&D and SWDS/SWRR time, I see posts about the courses complaining that they don't run through the castle. Experienced rD runners may enjoy the variety that has been on offer while newer runners may be disappointed that their once in a lifetime race isn't "Disney" iconic enough. I'd love to know what feedback they're getting and how much it's skewed one way or another.
As someone whom has run an rD event every trip we’ve taken to FL, I’m beginning to shy away from rD events. I’ve researched races that I will probably run if I’m downduring the dates, which include:
- Run Clearwater, http://www.millenniumrunning.com/clearwater
- Celebration Marathon & Half Marathon
- Gasparilla, http://gasparillapiratefest.com/
I’m very eager to see Universal offer some running events. It seems their inaugural 5K in Hollywood is doing okay (they’ve opened a 2nd date). But rD events have become too cookie cutter and too expensive for what you pay for IMO.