So I hopped off the Friendship Boat at the Dolphin and headed towards the Yacht and Beach Club area so I could walk along the race course to cheer on the runners. I would walk along the course for a little bit, stop and cheer on some runners, then turn around keep moving.
I made my up to the bridge that leads to Sea Breeze Point and hung out there cheering on the runners and looking for my teammates. I was there for maybe 10 minutes when I saw my teammate Lanie. I didn't have my camera out in time, but I knew that she needed to run backstage before she would enter Epcot and that I had the shorter line through the International Gateway.
I ran to the entrance and up to where the runners were going by. I got there maybe a minute before she did and I wasn't ready again! I followed her along the course until a cast member yelled at me for running onto the bridge into France. The World Showcase wasn't open to the public yet!
I rushed back along the course and after crossing the course into Canada, I hurried towards the Christmas tree so that I could wait for Lanie there and get a picture of her.
I spotted this, um, gal:
Then I saw Lanie!!
I then made my way back to the backstage entrance in England and waited for friends and more teammates.
One of my coaches and her husband
I finally saw my friend Tim and walked with him to France, all along the way offering him pretzels, offering to run ahead and get him a beer in Germany. He declined but said he would call me later to hang out. Since I was in France, I headed back to the bakery and got myself some goodies.
I also got myself some yummy champagne to sip on while I ate my goodies. I sat down on one of the benches and had many of the runners beg me for the champagne. Nope, no sharing. I earned this, but they weren't done yet.
After I finished, I went back to the bridge to wait for the rest of my teammates. I saw my roommate and our coach. Our coach marveled at how much energy I had and how nicely I was walking around after my race. She told me that my teammate Laurie was a few minutes behind her. Laurie was the last person I wanted to see, I waited for her and when I saw her, I hopped on the course and made my way around the
World Showcase with her. I held my poster that I had been using to cheer on the TNT runners in front of me where the bib would be. There are actually picture of me running the marathon (with Laurie)!
I snapped a picture of her out in World Showcase:
And then one more of her and her sister heading into Future World:
Once we got over the bridge and to the fountains I separated from them before getting myself kicked off the course. I was able to wander around and get some photopass pictures then I remembered that it was Sunday, and the best park to be in on most Sundays is Animal Kingdom. And I hadn't been there yet on this trip. Hmmm...
So that is where I headed!