Race Day: April 15, 2023
Arthur and I both managed to sleep a bit and woke up with our alarm at 1:45AM. We hit the road by 2:17AM, parking at Epcot at 3:12AM. Arthur had decided to join me so we could go to Typhoon Lagoon after the race together.
Since I didn't have to arrange anything with my costume like I had for the 5K, we were quick to get out of the car and head through security, and then on to the race area. It was fun to see all of the runners dressed as monsters. Mike and Sulley were well-represented, but so were other characters and elements from the Pixar movie series.
A lot of runners were wearing a sock pinned to their back left shoulders, whether they were dressed as George Sanderson or not. It was part of a fun game and donation campaign arranged by some members of runDisney fan Facebook groups. Dead Last Start (DLS) runners, who start the race after almost everyone else, would try to gather socks from other runners who wearing the sock as they passed them on the course. The sock was a sort of signal (to those in the know), and if a DLS runner asked "23-19?", which was the contamination code that George triggered when he returned with a human sock on his back, the runner would give a sock.
At the end of the race, hundreds of socks ended up being donated to a worthy local charity. I was wearing a sock on my shoulder and planned to carry some socks to give out, but I changed my mind at the last minute (I sweat so much, the socks would get funky if I carried them). Instead I found the group collecting socks and dropped off my donation before the run.