As we always do, we started our trip with donuts from Daylight Donuts, then headed south to The World. It was an extremely uneventful drive, so we stopped at WaWa to grab a soda and some snacks.
|So, I'm thinking this person likes to run at Disney?|
We were taken directly to our volunteer spot (usually we get to chill in the lunch room first, which was why we got snacks at WaWa…) We were assigned to gEAR bags again, which we discovered we like much more than packet pick up. Packet pickup is too hectic, with too many things that could go wrong. gEAR bags is just handing out shirts and telling them where Shirt Exchange is, if they need it. Shirt Exchange looks fun, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that at least once.
|That's me! I'm allowed in!|
|I HATE these chairs - they don't scootch very well|
|Keurig machines with coffee, tea and hot chocolate|
After our shift was over and we checked out, we headed to Arby’s for dinner, and then checked in at our hotel, Seralago Resort.
|I love a good Arby's sammich!|
|We parked at the Yellow Circle. We checked in at the building top right.|
|I don't know if I was here, way back in 9th grade... Probably not.|
|Let's go check in!|
|Where's the "Damn!" size?|
|Check in was at the top right, then snacks, top middle, then water|
Before throwing my new jacket on, I hit the potty, since it was an actual bathroom, not a porta-pottie.
|Cute, with the musical references. Still flushin' a Tampax, though. Eww.|
Once jacketed up, we headed off to our bus, which drove us to our Volunteer stop – Mile 1.9/9.7.
|A very misty morning shot of the eventual winner|
|Go, fast runners, go!|
Once runners started really coming through, we all started clapping, cheering, ‘woo-hoo’ing and the like. We graduated to high-fives after a while.
|Sorry, ladies, you were too obnoxious for me|
Near the back of the pack, I finally saw Jeff, a co-worker who I knew was celebrating his 60th birthday by doing the Dopey! His son signed him up for it without him knowing… what a son! He looked good and had a good pace. Out of respect for him, there is no photo!
|I let him take the brunt of the high-fives|
|Damn! I'm not as fast as him, and I'm NOT blind! Good job!!|
|I hope Sven didn't pick his nose before the high-five|
|Yeah, you guys stay over there|
|Miss Piggy and Animal|
|Peter Pan and His Shadow, and Wendy Darling|
|Action Shot! Great Job MiniTech Sparkle Sister!|
|Here comes Goofy, Donald and Mickey|
|Welcome Belle, Gaston, and the dreaded Balloon Ladies!|
|These three awesome runners were getting their money's worth at the back of the pack|
Once our shift was over, we were bused back to the Performing Arts building to check out. We debated taking the Super-Helpful Shuttle, but decided to hoof it back to the car… yeah.
|I don't think she moved at all since we left|
While getting ready for dinner, Hubby realized he’d had (at some point) a crotchular trouser malfunction – he had a huge hole in the butt of his pants! So, of course, we needed to go shopping (he only packed one pair of pants to wear all weekend!). Though we hate it, we stopped at Target (because I don’t know where Wal-Mart is on 192). It was pouring rain at this point too. The kiddo stayed in the car, playing on her GameBoy, while we headed inside to pick pants.
|Yummy! Mass-produced somewhat hot chocolate!|
Then we waited at the “Simba” sign (as noted on our credentials) for our Team Leader. And waited. And waited…
|No one had any idea what was going on|
Eventually, our leader showed up and took us to the finish line, right behind medals, where we’d be doing our thing.
Sheets come on a very large roll, like paper towels. I’d say they are 8 feet long, each. Our job was to unroll the sheets, open them (they are rolled in half), fluff them open and stuff them in the metal fencing. This would ensure that they could be grabbed and handed to runners as they came by. We had to do about TWENTY THOUSAND of these things!
|Hard to see, but there are 'stations' going down the fence|
|Here's what it looked like fully stuffed|
|One day? Nope!|
|Hi, we didn't do any work, now we're here to do the fun stuff!|
|Oh. My. God. Don't chase runners with sheets!|
|Fact Sheet about the 2016 Race Weekend|