If you're considering doing Goofy in 2007, and you aren't signed up yet, better register NOW!
Disney's Wide World of Sports Announces Registration Cap For 2007 Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 29)
"As a result of the overwhelming success of the inaugural Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, Disney's Wide World of Sports announced today that registration will be capped at 3,000 participants in 2007. The second annual Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge involves runners completing the marathon and the half marathon (39.3 total miles) that are part of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, scheduled for January 7-8, 2007 at Walt Disney World Resort. In 2006, 2,373 participants completed the first-ever Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. After evaluating the success of the inaugural event, race organizers concluded that 3,000 was ideal number of runners in both races...."
That's dumb. I don't understand. Why not register as many Goofies as you can up until the registration limit of one of the two races is hit? It's not like they spent a huge amount of time compiling the results or anything (that is, they spent zero time on it).
They had a separate check-in for the Goofies, but I don't think it took too many more people than the same number of runners going through a regular check-in. One extra small tent at the finish line with a few staffers with the wristbands the first day and the Goofy medals the second day, that was it as far as I could tell.
Maybe they figured out that the Goofies only draw one person/family to spend money at Disney, whereas having two different people in the two races spend twice as much.
Update: I'm not planning (right this moment) on doing Goofy again any time soon, although it really was great fun and I'm very glad that I did the inaugural event. I am thinking about possibly going back to Disneyworld in 2007 for either the half Ironman or the Olympic-distance triathlon and to give my girls their first Disney trip, but I won't decide until late this year.