Posts Tagged by Disney’s Princess Half Marathon
|June 6, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Princess Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney Races|
It’s almost time to register for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon again!! I am constantly baffled at how fast time goes by!
You are all probably aware at this point that the Disney Enchanted 10K has been added to the weekend and that there is a new Glass Slipper Challenge if you complete both the 10K and Princess Half Marathon. There is also the new Coast to Coast Challenge pink medal when you complete the Princess Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in 2014.
But alas, there is NEW information about Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Similar to the changes implemented for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January, the following enhancements will be in place to
hopefully make the race experience better:
- Lowering weekend capacity by 2,000 runners, mostly in the half marathon
- Proof of time required from runners anticipating a finish time of 3:15 or less
- More corrals allowing runners with similar abilities to be grouped together and therefore spreading out the field on the course
- No corral changes based on proof of time will be made after December 1, 2013.
It was also confirmed by runDisney that the Fit for a Princess Expo will be going back to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2014! This year it was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, which just was too close for comfort!
Registration is now open for Annual Passholders and DVC Members….don’t forget your $10 off coupon code as a DVC Member!! There are also a very limited spots available now for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon for those wanting to get the new pink Coast to Coast. Official registration opens on June 11, 2013 at noon. Here is the pricing info:
Disney Princess Half Marathon
- $160 by August 13, 2013
- $175 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
- $190 on or after November 20, 2013
Disney Enchanted 10K
- $95 by August 13, 2013
- $110 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
- $125 on or after November 20, 2013
Glass Slipper Challenge
- $270 by August 13, 2013
- $290 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
- $310 on or after November 20, 2013
Cinderella Royal Family 5K
- $60 per participant
- $15 per Kids Dash participant
- $30 per One Mile Run participant
Pasta in the Park Party Tickets
- $52 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
- $28 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
- Children Under 3 are free
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast
- $37.50 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
- $17.50 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
- Children Under 3 are free
- Bronze – No Charge
- Silver – $39 per package
- Gold – $65 per package
- Platinum – $115 per package
- $120 per participant
If you want to run Princess…don’t wait to register! The races fill up fast and will now fill up faster because of the reduction in race capacity. Head to the runDisney registration page next week to register!
You all know I love this race and I hope I can take the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2014! Will you be there?
|June 5, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under runDisney Races|
Ever since the new special edition Coast to Coast Challenge pink medal was announced for the Princess Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, questions have been circulating. Can we now get 2 Coast to Coast medals?!? It wasn’t clear.
Well now it is and YES, in 2014 you have the ability to earn 2 Coast to Coast medals (if your wallet allows).
Here is the official info from the runDisney website:
Only in 2014, runners can earn each version of the Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal. Each race can only count once towards a Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal; to earn both medals in 2014 four races – two on each coast – must be completed.
So that means you MUST complete Disney’s Princess Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, along with one of the following races in Walt Disney World:
- Walt Disney World Marathon
- Walt Disney World Half Marathon
- Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
- Dopey Challenge
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
AND the Disneyland Half Marathon or the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. That’s a lot of
While I would LOVE to have both of these medals, I don’t think it’s in the cards for me. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon is too close to Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and I’m already signed up for the 10K and Half Marathon. Plus, it’s quite the investment to take a trip to California twice in one year for me and that’s just not in the cards. But I can’t wait to see how many of YOU take on this challenge! Will you be getting 2 Coast to Coast medals in 2014?
|April 26, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Princess Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney Races|
BIG announcements from runDisney today about the 2014 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend scheduled for February 20-23, 2014! You know this is my favorite race, so I couldn’t be more excited about the news!!
The Princess 10K
Jumping on the success of the 10K races for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and WDW Marathon Weekend, it seems like a no-brainer that they would add a 10K to Princess Weekend. This gives runners of all abilities the opportunity to take part in this magically royal weekend! I always encourage new runners to take part in the Princess Half Marathon since I had such a wonderful experience with it as my first big race. The atmosphere is so upbeat and fun…I’m so glad even more people will now be able to participate.
Disney Glass Slipper Challenge
Well of course there is a new challenge, which obviously means MORE BLING! For those princesses (and princes) looking for even more of a challenge, you can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday and receive the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal. Oh you know that will be around my neck! And don’t forget you will get the medals from the individual races as well.
Special Edition Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge
For runners participating in both the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (January 17-19, 2014) in Disneyland and Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, you will receive a Special Edition Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge Medal! The medal will still feature Walt and Mickey, but it will have a pink overlay and a pink lanyard. How cute is this?!?
Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens June 11, 2013. A limited number of runners will have the opportunity to register for both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at that time to secure your spot in the Coast-to-Coast Challenge. The official registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will open on July 9, 2013. No word if a discount will be given for early registration of both races, but if you’re a DVC Members or Disney Visa Cardholder, don’t forget to use your discount codes.
So what do you think of the new announcements for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend? I’m clearly beside myself!! Bring on the challenge!!
Full Press Release
Princess Half Marathon Weekend Adds New Race, New Challenge and New Medals
Women-focused event to offer 10K, new challenge and special-edition medals fit for a Princess; Special Princess and Tinker Bell half marathon registration available June 11
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA (April 26, 2013) – Building on the success of its women-focused events, runDisney is broadening the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort next year by adding a 10K and a new two-race challenge.
The Princess 10K gives runners of various levels more opportunities to run through Disney theme parks and receive a specially-designed finisher medal. And runners looking for an even bigger challenge can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total) to earn the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal to go along with medals from each individual race.
The Princess Half Marathon Weekend, scheduled for Feb. 20-23, is one of two women-focused runDisney events. The other is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January at Disneyland Resort in California. Both races are among the largest women-specific running events in the country and focus on healthy active lifestyles for women and girls. For instance, after nearly 7,500 runners ran in the inaugural Princess Half Marathon event in 2009, the popularity of the race has grown considerably with more than 26,000 registered runners for last year’s race.
Also new in 2014 is a special edition runDisney Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge Medal for runners participating in the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January and the 2014 Princess Half Marathon five weeks later at Walt Disney World. Finishers receive the coveted medal featuring the likeness of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse with a pink overlay and lanyard.
Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens June 11 at www.runDisney.com. A limited number of runners will have the opportunity to register for both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at that time. Those not securing an early registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will have a second chance when on-line registration officially opens on July 9.
Both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekends include signature runDisney events including a health and fitness expo geared towards women, kids races, a family fun run 5K, as well as featured half marathons for both weekend.
For more information and to register for runDisney events, visit www.runDisney.com.
|March 14, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Health & Fitness Expo, Princess Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney Races|
When I first heard that the Fit For A Princess Expo was going to be held at the Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center, I was actually looking forward to it. I had never been to that resort and it was going to be a nice change from the usual ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS). This was until I started reading about the transportation restrictions on driving to the resort and hearing reports of how crowded the expo was. This smaller location was proving to be a bit challenging for an expo of this size.
The expo took place in the Coronado Ballroom, which is a little over 60,000 square feet in size. This area was split in half to accommodate both packet pick up for the half marathon and the 5k, and the exhibitors area for the expo. To give you an idea of size, the Jostens Center at WWOS is almost 45,000 square feet and is used only for the vendors (well except for Tower of Terror Weekend). Yep…this was packed in there.
Before even entering the ballroom, I headed to a few computers set up in the lobby to print my race waiver. I print that waiver at home for every race and without fail forget it in my room…EVERY TIME! I’m always so thankful that runDisney has these set up. This took about a minute and we headed over to the ballroom entrance.
When Amanda and I walked in the doors, we were greeted by a giant line. Everyone in line already had their race bibs so we could only assume that this was the line to pick up your race shirt and clear bag. We went to the right to pick up our bibs where thankfully there was no line (the only one of the day!).
The first thing I noticed was all of the empty space in this area. I could’ve done numerous cartwheels in the space and not touched anyone…thankfully I didn’t because that wouldn’t have been attractive. What was beginning to fill up the space was the giant line of people waiting to get into the expo area. Are you detecting a pattern here?
So after a brief stop at Runner Relations, we got on that line and probably waited about 20 minutes to get into the tiny area where shirt and bag pick up were.
After that craziness we thought, “Hey, you know what would be fun?? Getting on another line!!” So that’s what we did to get into the official runDisney merchandise area.
This area is always crowded, but this was just ridiculous. We waited another 15-20 minutes just to get in the area, but once inside you couldn’t move. The checkout line was winding through the entire merchandise area so it was very difficult to get close to the actual merchandise! I was able to grab the few items I really wanted (including this tank!) and quickly got on yet another line.
40 minutes later we were at the registers to check out and quickly realized why there was such a back up…about half of the registers were empty! Sigh…
My patience was starting to wear thin at this point. I had just spent well over an hour standing in line and still hadn’t see any of the vendors. I mean, I know you are supposed to expect lines in Walt Disney World, but there wasn’t even an attraction at the end of this one!
We headed over to the New Balance area to check out the runDisney running shoe situation and find our name on the giant wall of participants. To the delight of many of the princesses in attendance, New Balance came prepared with enough runDisney shoes this time!
Apparently this giant wall of participants was at the Marathon Weekend Expo in January, but I must have been too sick to even notice. I would’ve loved to see my name on the marathon wall! But this was still pretty cool! Sadly Amanda’s name was missing…total fail.
We looked down the aisle of the expo and decided it would be best if we just left. I have never seen it so crowded before! I actually felt bad for the vendors because I’m sure a ton of people left for that same reason.
Clearly, this was not the best place to hold an expo for a runDisney event, but unfortunately this was the only option that weekend. There were numerous events going on at WWOS including the Braves spring training and an MLS Soccer showcase, so there just wasn’t space. Knowing Disney and how they always improve on their events, I’m hoping that these issues will be remedied for next year. If it had to be held here again, the easiest solution would be to have packet pickup in one of the other rooms and just the expo in this space. That would relieve a TON of the congestion!
But hey, even with the craziness, I managed to walk away with some pretty awesome swag from the expo!
What did you think of the Fit For A Princess Expo? How could it be improved?