Thursday, March 30, 2006

Going Goofy?

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.


*jeanne* said...

Per the Disney website: "Even if you register for both races after the spots are filled, you will not be considered a part of Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge and will not receive a Goofy Medal."

That SUCKS, Disney. SUCKS.

I think they just don't want to spring for the cost of more Goofy medals. As if they aren't making their BIG BUCKS on the race fees, hotels, souvenirs, meals...

mipper said...

yeah, it's the medal thing i bet. makes no sense however. aahhh, the tangled web of disney... i still love the parks though.

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