Anyone that has run an organized running event has dealt with the weaving in and out of slower starters that insist on pushing to the front. It's illogical for most events as they are chip-timed when you cross the starting line, and flat-out rude. In larger events the weaving could last the whole time.
The Disney runs (half marathon and above) attempt to somewhat relieve this as you are put into starting corrals based times in other running events that must be provable online. Sure, there will be some attempts at cheating this, but there seems to be a systemic organization to slow runners starting first.
A coworker started a Disney marathon in corral C, elite is A, B is very fast. He even started at the beginning of C, and still passed an obese man walking the marathon. And several other slow runners. How did they get there?
My wife ran the Princess half, and I was shocked at the slow runners that were walking only a half mile into the race. She spent the whole race weaving in and out of people and added over one mile to her race because of the sideways running (based on the Apple watch and "Map My Run" on her phone).
The most troubling thing is that there were several groups of run-walkers that seemed to be organized by Disney. These groups were large (over 50 people) and were led by a person carrying a sign advertising the goal pace. Despite their pace being significantly slower than my wife's, the whole group got to start ahead of her. The fastest of the group she passed was going at a pace a half hour slower than hers. How is that reasonable?
Passing these large groups can be very problematic as they tend to take up the whole road.
So my question is do you thing there is a systemic problem with RunDisney's corral placement? Can a person just pay to be put in an earlier corral?