So I was just listening to the most recent Running to Disney podcast and the caller was commenting on the fact that he wouldn’t be able to run in the Wine and Dine half marathon at Disney World for at least a few years because he has a 5 year old. I can totally get that a race starting at 10pm would not work very well for you if you wanted your kids to be able to see you run the race. I’m not really sure that I got what he was trying to say. I almost think that he was complaining about that the fact that the half was at night.
Okay, so before I continued, I actually went back and listened to the caller. I get his stance. He is “irate” that the race is being held at night. Really? Irate? So because you have a small child you are irate that one race out of the 5 races that Disney hosts is at night. Well, I personally don’t like having to get up at 2:30 or 3 in the morning to run in the other Disney races, but I do it and don’t *usually* complain about it. I get up at that time because I love being able to run through my favorite place in the world!
Obviously, I don’t agree with this caller. I don’t think that he has really considered his options. You want to run the relay with your wife? Why not take an adults-only trip? It is the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Drop kiddo off with the grandparents or his cool aunt and get away for the weekend with your wife. You might miss your kid, but enjoy the time as a couple.
Why not bring a grandparent with you so you have someone who can watch the kid while you two do the relay together? What about hiring a sitter for the night? What about one of you not doing the race and staying in the room with the kid? That would save you money on the sitter and on race registration.
I guess I just don’t get it. I know Disney is a family destination, but there are plenty of adults who travel there without children. I’m sure if I had kids, my mother would be thrilled to watch them for the weekend if I wanted to run this race.
What are your thoughts? Is it right that Disney is having this race at night? Does this caller being “irate” even make sense to you?
As far as I’m concerned, I’ll see you at the Tree of Life!