Skip to main content

RunDisney Basics

Maybe you're a Disney fan who has heard about this runDisney thing, or seen the cones all over the roads on your non-running trips.  Maybe you're a runner who wants to runDisney as a fun race-cation.  Whatever brings you to runDisney, you won't find a more welcoming and inclusive group of runners anywhere.  I run both Disney races as well as other local races and NOTHING beats the atmosphere of a Disney running event.  Want to learn more?  Read on...

1) Register Early! -While runDisney races don't sell out as quickly as they have in the past, many of them (especially the 10Ks) do sell out.  The full list of events and registration dates is listed on their website: https://www.rundisney.com/

A piece of fine print: runDisney did away with deferrals a couple of years ago and there are no refunds...when you sign up, you are making a commitment!

2) Start Saving Now -These races are not cheap.  While a local half marathon can run from 50-100 dollars, runDisney half marathons keep inching closer to the 200 dollar mark.  The Star Wars Dark Side Marathon is $185.  If you want to participate in one of their famous challenges (2 or more races on back-to-back days), that will run up upwards of $330.

What do you get for that money?  A pretty sweet finisher's medal, a tech shirt (except for 5Ks), a virtual goody bag, tons of on-course entertainment and characters, and the ability to run through the Disney parks.

The 5Ks used to get medallions like this one, but they have also switched over to medals.

3) Not All Races are Created Equal -Each runDisney weekend has a variety of races and themes.  There are Star Wars races on each coast, the Princess Half Marathon weekend at Walt Disney World, the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland resort, the Superheroes Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland, the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and the Walt Disney World marathon weekend. Most of these weekends feature events at a variety of distances: kids races, 5K, 10k, Half Marathon, & Challenge (the 10K & the Half Marathon).  Walt Disney World marathon weekend has kids races, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, the Goofy Challenge (Half & Full marathons) and the Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon).  Choose what distance, theme, location, and time of year works for you.

4) Run a Race to Submit a Proof of Time -runDisney races are HUGE!  In order to keep all the runners from trampling each other the second the fireworks go off, runDisney uses a corral system.  Basically, the faster runners are in the earlier corrals and the slower runners & walkers are in the later corrals.  It's important to be with the right pace group for safety reasons.  For a half marathon runners can submit times from a 10K-Marathon.  These need to be from timed races and need to be verified by submitting a race link.  There is a deadline to submit your proof of time, so make sure you are paying attention to the runDisney website for all the details.  

4) Don't be Afraid to Dress Up -Going into my first runDisney race (the 2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon), I had no idea what to expect.  I heard that people sometimes dressed up for the races, but I had no idea what that meant.  My dad and I ran this race together and decided to go with the standard Mickey ears, figuring if they were too much, we could always take them off.  We arrived at the corrals and immediately saw a "pack of Pinocchios"  probably 7 or so people dressed as Pinocchio, complete with hats, suspenders, and lederhosen.  At this point, we figured our ears were probably okay. 

5) I break for characters - There are usually a ton of characters (some hard or impossible to find in the parks) at runDisney events.  It's up to you whether you want to stop for pictures.  Know that there are lines and you are required to keep a 16 minute mile pace...don't wait so long that you get swept.

(Posing with Chip & Dale at the Tinkerbell 10K)

6) Celebrate your Accomplishment - Completing any of the runDisney events is an accomplishment to be proud of.  Whether is enjoying a Dole Whip in the Tiki room, a special meal at O'Hana or watching Fantasmic!  Make sure to wear your medal in the parks and celebrate!

Interested? Want to learn more?  E-mail me for a free, no obligation quote for your next Disney vacation!  I'll even throw in a Disney packing list so you don't forget to bring anything important!

kellyp@magicaladventurestravel.com





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

After much anticipation, Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios is finally open!  The more information I read and pictures I see, the more excited I am (the opening day crowds, not so much).  Originally, I was not super excited about this land coming to Hollywood Studios (though I know that the park needed something for the younger kids).  However, now that it's finally completed, I can't wait to go!
Some of the favorite things we love about Pixar Place are still going to be present. 
Ever interacted with these guys? They are so much fun! Fan favorite Toy Story Mania is still around so you can still play and try to beat your record.  I still haven't figured out how to beat Nicole.  I'm always leading until the final round and then I never win. It's maddening :) Plus there are two new attractions to enjoy: Slinky Dog Dash & Alien Swirling Saucers. I have to admit, I wasn't too excited for either attraction and Nicole and I discussed skipping them …

9 Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Edition

It may be August and kids are just getting back to school, but it’s finally Halloween in Walt Disney World!Fall decorations went up last week in Magic Kingdom and the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was August 17!There’s so much to do at the party and it’s one of my favorite events in all of Walt Disney World.I’ll be making my way there in September (when it hopefully cools down a little), but here are some tips to help you make the most of your time at the party!  Magic Kingdom all decked out for Halloween 1)Enter at 4:00PM -While the party officially starts at 7:00PM, your MNSSHP ticket has historically allowed you to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00PM.  Make sure you go through the Halloween Party Turnstiles which are located on the right-hand side, next to Guest Relations.  Once you enter the park, you’ll get your MNSSHP wristband and a party map. There’s even a special trick or treat station set up, so you can get a head start on your trick or treating.  You ca…

Storybook Character Dining to Debut at Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

I'm so excited about today's update!  Character dining is coming to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.  This winter, Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen will welcome guests to dine with them at Artist Point. 
Information is limited at this time, but we do know that it will be a prix fixe menu with shared appetizers, a delicious entree and dessert.  We're still eagerly waiting for information on the opening date, menus, and how many dining plan credits this experience will require.  However, I immediately thought of my fellow Dopeys when this information was released.  How great would this be as a celebration meal after completing the Dopey Challenge?
What do you think? Are you excited for this option?
Start planning your magical adventure today! I am an authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Magical Adventures Travel, an earmarked agency.  E-mail me at kellyp@magicaladventurestravel.com for your free no-obligation quote today!