Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Disney Marathon Announcer

Congrats to the over 50,000 athletes who rocked Disney's Marathon weekend!  For those of you who don't know I am one of the announcers for the RunDisney race series, so I have the pleasure of taking in part of all the weekend's festivities from the race starts to the expo and kids races.
You might not believe this, but this was my TENTH YEAR announcing the Disney marathon!

I already blogged about the expo fun...and my 10k PR....and then I didn't blog about anything else....bad, bad blogger!  We headed right to Anaheim for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, so by the time I slept, caught up on my "real" job, and packed again there was no blogging.  Sorry about that.  You can always keep up with me via Instagram where I post a lot of RunDisney related photos.
Since a race announcer's life can be quite a whirlwind on a race weekend I thought I would post a "day in the life" type post to share my photos and insight on the weekend. This particular day is the marathon morning, but pictures are from both the half and the full.

1:15 am - Wake up, yes wake up!  Do not pass go, get dressed, pack makeup to do after rehearsal, and sleepily walk to VIP lounge to fill coffee mug.

1:45 am - Lobby call for announcers

2:30 am - Script read through at start line

3:00 am - Start line rehearsal and check audio levels. Get photobombed by John, who has also been doing the marathon for 10 years.
3:30am - Eat breakfast and put on makeup.  Lace shoes.
4:30 am - Startline show begins
4:50 am - Conduct start line interviews with celebs and runners.  For the half I interviewed Chris and Heidi Powell from ABC's Extreme Home Makeover. We also talked with RunDisney training consultant and Olympian Jeff Galloway and the director of the Boston Marathon Dave McGillvary.
5:30 am - Fireworks go BOOM and the race is underway!
6:10 am - Creigh and I are driven to the start line to track the lead athletes and prepare for wheelchair finishers, while John and Rudy send waves D- P off into the race.
6:30 am - Breakfast in the VIP area.  Protein and carbs are a must at this point for lasting energy, so I make sure to get eggs and fruit before the first finishers.  And coffee #2 for the day.
6:35 am - Take a selfie with Goofy's back while waiting for finishers.
6:45 am/ 7:52 am - First finishers (depending on race day). On Sunday Fredison Costa won his 3rd Disney marathon and represented Brazil. He was so, so excited to win, because that meant that next year his family can come to the race.
9:01 am - Celebrate sister-in-law (Kelsey) coming across the finish in a Boston qualifying time of 3:31!
8:30 am/ 9:30 am - Awards ceremony for the top overall athletes

After awards - Continue to cheer in finishers at the finish line.  On Saturday I left after awards to get to the kids races.
12:30 pm - Receive a funnel cake from one very awesome Disney runner.
12:31 - Eat funnel cake while wearing a snuggle.
12:40 pm - Try to make a more balanced snack.
2:30 pm - Celebrate the final finisher.  Sleep.
Congrats to all runners!  If you have never done a RunDisney event and you want to, then mark your calendar for next Tuesday, January 28.  The registration for the Disneyland Half marathon and the Dumbo Double Dare opens that day.  Warning - the event sold out in 36 hours last year.
Did you run the Disney marathon? How'd you do?
What was your favorite race?
Ever worn a tutu to work?

Love and long days,
Carissa & Kyle


  1. I volunteered at the marathon this year! It was a lot of fun; I was near the end of the course by Hollywood Studios so I saw most of the runners, which was great.

  2. A Disney race is on my list of races to run one day! Hopefully sooner than later.

  3. As an avid Disney runner (all 11 half marathons I've run have been Disney World or Disneyland), I absolutely loved this post. It's so fun to see the behind the scenes stuff you do. I didn't get to run this year (everything was sold out by the time I went to register), but I'll be at the Princess in February!!

  4. I'm running the Princess Half Marathon in Feb. I am super excited about this race. I origionally registered in 2012 and have had to defer the past 2 years to random injuries. This is the year!!!

    I've had the privelage of wearing tutu to work. I'm a recreation director, we get to play and dress up a lot!

  5. What a great recap... I'm so not convinced you at that funnel cake, though :)

    And nope... I didn't know this was the 10 year mark for you. Clearly, you started when you were 11 because you look so youthful *wink*

  6. I'll NEVER complain about an early runDisney wake up call again!

  7. Nice recap of your day as an announcer at the Disney races! I ran and finished my first full marathon at Walt Disney World during marathon weekend this year! It was an experience I will not soon forget. I'm hoping to get into the Dumbo Double Dare this Tuesday. Last year, the Dumbo Double Dare sold out in around 45 minutes. I wasn't quick enough in registering for it. So, I ran both the 10K and the Half, but no extra bling. This is going to be my Coast to Coast year and I'm determined and ready to be fast enough to register for Dumbo.

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