The Space Coast Marathon is held after Thanksgiving each year on the Atlantic coast of Florida in the beautiful town of Cocoa. It is Florida’s longest, continually running, annual marathon. The name and space theming stem from it’s proximity to Cape Canaveral and NASA. The Space Coast Marathon is a well ran, friendly, mid-sized race with great scenery and the extra space themed fun factor. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should register to run the Space Coast Marathon.
***As with real estate, it begins with location, location, location.***
* Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios begins this weekend.
* The Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World kicks off with Magic Kingdom staying open for 24 hours from 6 a.m. Friday May 22, through 6 a.m. Saturday May 23.
* Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration opens on May 22 by staying open 24 hours and will debut the “Paint the Night” parade, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks.
* Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney’s California Adventure opens today.
* The Hatbox Ghost has returned to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.
* New oil can themed souvenir cups are coming to Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure for the Diamond Celebration.
* Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, an ‘Indiana Jones’-themed restaurant is scheduled to open this fall at Disney Springs in Orlando.
* Online advanced reservations can now be made for “Rebel Hangar – A Star Wars Lounge Experience” at Hollywood Studios.
* Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, to be ran on September 25, 2016, has released a promotional video for the inaugural event. Registration dates have not yet been announced.
* A new DVC Preview Center has opened in Downtown Disney at Disneyland in Anaheim.
* ABC will air a live Disneyland Diamond Anniversary special.
* Johnny Depp tried to sneak his Yorkshire terriers into Australia while filming the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie. He was caught, and now, they must either return to the US or be euthanized.
* The Muppets are coming to ABC during prime-time this fall!!
* Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom malfunctioned on May 7, and 12 guests had to be removed by firefighters.
* International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated at Animal Kingdom tomorrow, May 9.
* Harambe Marketplace will open in Animal Kingdom later this month.
* The Rebel Hangar: a Star Wars Lounge Experience, a new dining spot on Echo Lake in Hollywood Studios will open for Star Wars Weekends beginning on May 15.
* The 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon is this weekend at Disneyland in California.
* Disneyland will re-open the Main Street animated windows as part of the Diamond Celebration with new technology and effects.
* Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney’s California Adventure opens on May 15.
* Attendance at Disneyland in California has been lower than normal so far this year. It is thought that it is due to the many attraction closings in preparation for the Diamond Celebration.
* A sneak peak of Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ will replace ‘Tomorrowland’ in the Imagination Pavilion Theatre (formerly Captain Eo) on May 30.
* American Music Machine, an a cappella group performing American pop music, can now be heard at the American Garden Theatre in Epcot’s World Showcase Wednesdays through Saturdays.
* Disney Cruise Line’s entire fleet were named to the “Top 10 Cruise Ships for Families” by USA Today with the Disney Dream taking top honors.
* The Florida House and Senate are backing a bill which would affect Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members. The bill would eliminate the current cap on tax increases on timeshare owners. Also, developers would be allowed to extend or terminate a timeshare plan at any date. For full details, check out DVCnews.com.
* Sounds from Aulani, featuring music from the resort and the resort clubs, is now available on Pandora.
* Bilbo (a.k.a. Martin Freeman) has been added to the cast of “Captain America: Civil War.”
* Phineas & Ferb on Disney XD comes to an end with the airing of its final episode, “The Last Day of Summer,” on Friday, June 12.
* “Teen Beach 2” premieres on Friday June 26 on Disney Channel.
This post is not Disney related. I am an avid runner who ran the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in Louisville, Kentucky today. This is a review for any runners out there, and also anyone interested in hearing about our fair city.
The Kentucky Derby Festival is a set of events leading up to the big race; including the marathon, concerts, balloon glow race, steamboat race, Thunder Over Louisville (which brought 650,000 people downtown) and other events. The mini-marathon and marathon are ran together with about 13,000 and 3,000 participants roughly and is usually held one week prior to the derby. The coarse highlights many famous and historic sites in the city. It is a nice tour for both the local person or for tourist.
Weather is fairly unpredictable this time of year. Last Saturday it was sunny with a low in the mid 60s quickly rising to the 80s. Yesterday started out just above freezing. This morning was 52 with rain and remained the same throughout.
The race begins in downtown on Main Street. Your are assigned into 1 of the 6 corrals based on your estimated time. All 16,000 start together. It is very crowded until mile 9 when the mini and full break apart. Unfortunately, many people ignore their corral assignment and there is much weaving and slowing down. It makes it hard to get into a rhythm. After the break it is not a problem.
For the first mile, you pass along Main St. past some of Louisville’s most iconic buildings including the KFC Yum! Center, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Actors Theater, and the Louisville Slugger
Museum. The next 3 miles pass through one of the most economically depressed neighborhoods of the city. There are several vacant lots, abandoned factories and boarded up homes. From here, you pass into Old Louisville, the largest Victorian neighborhood in the US and view the beauty and architecture of Spalding University, St. James Court, Belgravia Court, and Central Park. Central Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted around 1900. He is the father of American landscape architecture and the designer of New York City’s Central Park.
From Old Louisville, you continue along 3rd Street through the University of Louisville and on to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. You run through the front gates of the track, under the track, and onto the infield, completing a lap just inside the track. This is a highlight for most people. You pass the iconic twin spires and smell the track while old races are broadcast over the sound system.
After exiting Churchill Downs, the minimarathon turns back north to the downtown finish and the marathon heads south along the Southern Parkway and into Iroquois Park. Both the Southern Parkway and Iroquois Park are Olmsted designs. The Southern Parkway is a broad, tree lined boulevard with well kept homes from the early 1900s. At mile 11, heading into the park, is the first and toughest real hill. Iroquois Park is an urban forest. The 4 miles are hilly and completely tree covered with birds chirping being really the only sound you hear.
You pass out of the park and back onto the parkway, merging onto 4th Street and back onto the U of L campus. More U of L landmarks are passed this time through campus including Jim Roberts Stadium (home of the top 10 ranked Cardinal baseball team), Ekstrom library,Speed Art Museum, and the controversial Confederate War Memorial. You continue on a straight line back through Victorian Old Louisville until about mile 20 when you turn east toward the Highlands.
The Highlands is one the more colorful neighborhoods in Louisville. It is often described as a little piece of Seattle in the midwest. It is full of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and novelty shops.. The 3 miles through here are hilly, too. Of personal interest is passing Jack Fry’s Restaurant, which is in my opinion the best in Louisville. It is also where I took my wife on our first date; almost 21 years ago.
The final 3 miles to the finish are graciously mainly downhill. There is not much to see until you pass back into downtown and retrace your first mile to the finish.
Pros: Well organized. A scenic urban route with multiple points of interest. Nice tech tee, running cap and finishers medal. When the weather is nice, there are live bands, food booths and carnival rides at the finish.
Cons: Not a particularly fast coarse, although my personal best was here. Crowded first 9 miles. Food at finish is underwhelming (bagles, banana, sun chips, peanut butter crackers).
Overall: I recommend this race to anyone looking for a 1/2 or full marathon in the upper south/midwest. I think you will enjoy the race, the city, and the derby festivities.
* The final Exhibition Everest Challenge will be ran at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 2. I am sad that I never had a chance to do this.
* Registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 10, 2016 opens on April 28 and will quickly fill.
* “Live with Kelly & Michael” will host 5 shows at Main Street, USA and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland from May 18 through May 22 as part of the Diamond Celebration.
* Disneyland will offer several special dining experiences for Mother’s Day on May 10. Reservations can be made at either Disneyland.com/dine or 714-781-DINE.
* The “Tomorrowland” movie preview has replaced Captain Eo at Epcot.
* Pandora Jewelry is now selling custom Disney themed jewelry at Uptown Jewelry in Magic Kingdom at WDW and at La Mascarade d’Orleans in Disneyland.
* Disney’s “Tomorrowland” will premiere at the Anaheim Downtown Disney on May 9. It is an invitation only event.
* From May 22 through July 5 Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will host “Teen Beach 2” beach parties daily.
* Dockside Margaritas opened this week in Disney Springs/Downtown Disney at WDW.
* Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Kiki Tikis Splash Water Play Area has now opened.
* The discounts for DVC (Disney Vacation Club) members to “La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil”at Downtown Disney in Florida has been extended through June 27.
* Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream will offer new experiences this fall. There will be a new Star Wars themed youth area and another Disney Infinite themed youth area. There will now also be a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on board.
* Disney Cruise Line now offers a free app, “The Disney Cruise Navigator App,” at the Apple App Store and Google Play that will allow passengers to engage in Onboard chat and have the Personal Navigator at their disposal. The App is available aboard all of the DCL ships.
* “Daredevil” has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.
* Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens next Friday, May 1!