OK, so this weeks Disney throw back is kind of a cheat, but I need to buy some more time while I do more Disney research (Including invading my mom’s photo albums).
So let’s go back, waaaaaaaaay back to 2012. That was the year I participated in my first RunDisney race. Ok, first race period. And you know what I’m nostalgic about? Not the race itself but the registration!
Remember the days when you didn’t have to sit in front of you computer the INSTANT a race registration opened in order to get in? Yeah, I miss those days and they changed pretty quickly too!
In 2012, my dad did not register for the Wine & Dine half marathon until (I think) 3 months after registration opened. This year, if you waited 3 hours you were out of luck!
There is no doubt that these races have grown in popularity (and pricing). And as a result, some of the luxuries that was once held are now gone leading people (ok me) to impulsive register immediately because by the time I’ve thought it out, the race has been sold out.
I only got to enjoy 1 (maybe 1.5) years of stress free RunDisney registration. I was late to the game and as a result the perks of the original runners was lost to me.
I remember planning to do the Dumbo Double Dare! It was perfect timing to do it on the way back from Hawaii on our honeymoon. I mean, I even convinced my husband to let me run 19.3 miles on our honeymoon (and he did the 10K). I was all set to register the day it opened. I had an appointment at noon, but I figured by the time I got out, I would still be able to register. Nope. I was back in front of my computer less than an hour after registration and it was all sold out. (I ended up registering with an amazing charity, AT Children’s Project!)
The Dumbo taught me that lesson the hard way…I would now sit in front of my computer (or deliberately be somewhere else to avoid temptation) when RunDisney registrations open.
Another late to the game perk lost? Using my DVC points for the race weekends. For the W&D I attempted to book a DVC resort the INSTANT you could book a non-home resort, and there was NOTHING available (later Sarasota Springs would open up, but I had already booked Pop Century). For the WDW marathon weekend, I wasn’t taking any chances, I booked my home resort the instant I was 11 months out, and when I looked to possibly switch to a non-home resort, again, all booked (although I am wait listed for resorts I most likely will not get). Even now, booking trying to book for the Princess…oy! Last year, I didn’t book the Boardwalk until the end of August (literally the day I officially became DVC…I was still on my honeymoon!) and this year? Fughedabouit. This isn’t to say the Boardwalk won’t open up (and there is availability in the AKL and Sarasota Springs) but again, booked! I was able to get things one year and not the next.
I realize there is no way to fix these problems really. If you increase the size of the races so registration doesn’t get filled as fast, you end up with race courses that are even more ridiculously packed (and the hotel booking definitely doesn’t get any easier).
Alright, today’s TBT was really kinda a bitch fest, but admit it, you too miss the days when you could register for RunDisney races hours, days, weeks, even months after registration opened AND get the hotel you want for said race.