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If you are a first time runner with runDisney, you might be confused by the phrase and the concerns surrounding corral placement. And maybe you are afraid to look like a first timer, or just don’t know who to ask.
That’s cool- I’ve been there. Before I knew there were Facebook groups devoted to this stuff, and before I knew that there was a science to the corralling at races, I was lost in the dark. When I registered for my first race I just put some random time down because I truly had NO idea how long it would take me to do 13.1 miles.
I’ll admit there was some panic going on and a scramble to submit an old 10K time for corral placement for that first half. Which, by the way, in 2011 a 1:18 10K got me in corral B y’all. Those seasoned runDisney runners are sitting there laughing your heads off right about now. I know. I was shocked back then too, and it still amuses me now.
My friend and fellow blogger, April, put together a great post today and she gave me permission to share it with you. It’s one of the best all in one corral questions answered posts I’ve seen recently! Take a look.
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Today’s topic is Corrals. I still laugh a little whenever I have to discuss my corral with anyone who is unfamiliar with racing because it makes me feel like livestock. And, honestly, the name is pretty appropriate, as you’ll soon see.
In a small local race, everyone just lines up wherever they want. Typically the speedsters are at the front and the slower folks are at the back but it is not enforced (and newer racers may not even understand that it is supposed to work that way), so you often end up with a lot of chaos at the start while people settle into their correct paces and places in the first half mile or so.
In larger races, they often have informal corrals, with signs indicating different paces. They encourage runners to line up near the sign that indicates their pace. And the biggest races enforce corrals that are monitored and that you have to qualify for. As you can imagine with over 26,000 runners at some runDisney races it wouldn’t be safe or fun to have people just start wherever they wanted to.
Still have questions? Post them in the comments and I’ll be happy to help answer them!
Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but most of them are pretty full of pixie dust at Disney!