My sister Rosa ran her first Disney Princess Half Marathon and was awesome to share her experience with all of us. For more details on all the runDisney opportunities and more information click here. Suzanne and I hope to do one of these amazing runDisney runs, marathons and races someday.
Let’s just start off by saying I and my two sisters are self proclaimed Disney Princesses. I love Disney and when Divina told me about the Disney Princess Half Marathon I jumped on the idea. It was a 13.1 mile run within the Disney Resort beginning at Epcot thru MagicalKingdom and ending in Epcot.
The event was held on February 24th of 2013. Since Disney has a shuttle service to and from the airport and within the resort, I preferred to stay in one of their hotels. Luckily Disney All-Star: Movies had vacancies and I found it to be very affordable. If I were to stay at a hotel outside of the resort then the extra cost of renting a car for the weekend would have to be taken into consideration. Disney made the transportation even easier that weekend for the runners by having a special shuttle for the various activities held that weekend.
I have never been in a room full of so many Princesses but it definitely made you get excited for the big day ahead. The day before the run, Disney held an expo. If you forgot your shiny boa, running shorts, shoes, energy bar, or even wanted a make over, that’s where you would get it done. For the preparation of the run Disney provided each runner a unique bag with the schedule for the rest of the weekend, a shirt, pin, energy bars and your running Bib personalized with your name and favorite princes. Massages were available for the pre and post race for purchase as well.
The morning of the race, shuttles were ready and you had to be on board by 3:30 am. Once I was on the bus it finally hit me that I was about to do a Half Marathon dressed as Minnie Mouse in Disney World! There were people dressed up as Jasmin, Belle, Mulan, even Princess Leia! There was even Aladdin with his Genie!
Here is a map of the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon
Throughout the run there were bands playing aside the road, Disney characters posing for great photo opportunities and for me the best part the Disney volunteers and workers cheering you on the entire time. My favorite part of the run was running through Cinderella’s Castle and overseeing all of Magic Kingdom. 13.1 miles later, I crossed the finish line with a big hug from Minnie Mouse herself!
Some tips if you plan on running any Disney race:
- Get dressed up and have fun with it! Find your inner Disney character
- Get the whole family involved! No matter what age or running experience there is a run for everyone to have fun
- Stay at one of Disney resort and take advantage of free transportation plus will get you in Disney mindset
Running was never my forte and still isn’t but I honestly have never been so proud of myself than that moment I crossed the finish line 3 hours and 40 minutes later. I recommend everyone to do and to start training for next year.