Saturday, November 10, 2012
Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5k Volunteer 40/365
This morning I got up bright and early (4am) to head out for my volunteer shift at Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5k which is part of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend. It was the first experience as a volunteer both for a 5k and the Jingle Jungle 5k.
The 5k went through Animal Kingdom. Up until today my experience in Animal Kingdom has always been in the middle of the day or at night. Never have I experienced Animal Kingdom at day break like I did this morning. It was absolutely amazing. Although it was cold this morning I felt like I was in a different world inside the park. The wooded areas are even more mysterious when the day is just peeking out. The birds were all saying good morning, along with the elephants. Perhaps my favorite part of the morning happened just as the sky began light... the lions as if welcoming the sun, roared and roared. For a moment I truly did feel as if I was standing in the middle of Africa listening to the music of the nature around me.
So the sun rose and gradually the lions went on with their day. The Christmas music was playing, Rafiki was out and warming up for his interaction with the runners. And then it began. The participants were a jolly bunch. I saw Santas, Figment, Princes, Princesses and strollers... lots and lots of strollers. And before I knew it, a mere 37 minutes later, the last runner passed me and my experience as a Jingle Jungle volunteer came to an end. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to my next volunteer shift at a runDisney event. Congrats to all those that participated.
Day 40/365 for Project 365