Dopey Challenge: With 4 races in 4 days through Disney, runners pursue goal at own pace

in Disney News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

Midway through the Walt Disney World Marathon, Leah Moroney stopped.

Moroney did not slow down for a drink of water or a nutritional boost. The bathroom didn’t beckon. Cramps or fatigue were not the culprit. And no, the need to snap a selfie did not impede Moroney’s progress.

Expedition Everest, a thrill ride in Animal Kingdom, called her name, and Moroney answered.

We literally stopped running, paused our watches and got on the roller coaster,’’ the nurse from Groveland said. “Riding roller coasters just gives you a little adrenaline push, and it does. I was like, ‘Oh, man, I feel ready to keep on going.’’’

Like that rockin’ roller coaster, the Dopey Challenge — part of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend that will begin Thursday morning with a five-kilometer race — has its highs, lows and catch-your-breath moments.

Dopey was introduced to the world in 1937, the youngest dwarf in the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’’ The challenge that bears the character’s name only has been around since 2014 and refers to runners who follow the 5K with the 10K on Friday, the half marathon Saturday and the 26th annual Disney World Marathon on Sunday.