So I left my coach around the 5K mark just after going to the gates to the Magic Kingdom. I wasn't alone for too long though when I saw another coach from the Lehigh Valley chapter around mile 4 and he went with me into the Magic Kingdom. But first I saw the place I was really looking forward to visiting:
Bay Lake Tower!
I couldn't wait until the day that I could stay there. I couldn't spend too much time dreaming about it though because soon I saw my next mile marker.
I was doing okay with my time but I wanted to keep moving and get myself to the castle. It was somewhere around here that I decided to get ride of my poncho. I was really enjoying the race despite the rain and freezing temps and I felt like I was pretty warm after the first 5 miles.
We made it past the Contemporary and then headed backstage and onto Main Street. Surprisingly, it was the first time I had entered the Magic Kingdom during the trip. I tried to take some pictures along the way but my fingers were cold and I didn't want to slow down until I got to the castle. I kept snapping pictures along the way and these are some of the best ones:
I made it through Tomorrowland and into Fantasyland and I heard the trumpeters as I made my way behind the castle. Before I knew, this was the sight in front of me:
I snapped that picture and then quickly made my way down the ramps to get the picture I had been dreaming about for the last year. I did get my picture with the full castle behind me. There was a short wait. I think they should have had two photographers there so that people didn't have to wait too long.
I then promptly started heading out of the Magic Kingdom since I have another goal to make. I wanted to beat my time from the Philadelphia Distance Run. I didn't stop, but kept snapping pictures on my way out:
I grabbed some water and then it was back out to the roads!