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Dopey Challenge, Walt Disney World Orlando 04-07/01/24

Most runners include 5k, 10k and half marathon races in the build up to a marathon. Few run them on consecutive days, but  North Down AC’s Cliff & Noreen McCausland and Paula Simpson headed to Florida to run 4 races from a 5k to a marathon between Thursday 4th and Sunday 7th January. In addition to Disney character themed medals for each race the intrepid trio also earned Goofy medals for running the half marathon and marathon and Dopey Challenge medals for completing the whole series! Thousands of runners are bussed to the race starts, running through the theme parks and studio backlots early in the morning before the parks open to the general public. The combination of 3am transports, consecutive longer races, torrential downpours and selfie stops with some of their favourite characters ensure that runners in the Dopey Challenge might not set personal best times, but guarantees they make some of their best race memories along the way!