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Disney’s Princess Half Marathon News and Registration Info

Princess Info

It’s almost time to register for  Disney’s Princess Half Marathon again!!  I am constantly baffled at how fast time goes by!

Special Coast to Coast MedalYou 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

runDisneyKids Races

  • $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

ChEAR Squad

  • Bronze – No Charge
  • Silver – $39 per package
  • Gold – $65 per package
  • Platinum – $115 per package

Race Retreat

  • $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?

SJM Princess 2013

Coast to Coast Challenge Update

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).

Coast to Coast Medals

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 money running!!!

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?    

Exciting News for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend: A 10K Race, New Medals & More!

Disney Princess Half Marathon

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?!?

Special Coast to Coast Medal Special Coast to Coast Medal CU

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!!

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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.

-More-

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.

2013 Fit For A Princess Expo: Too Close For Comfort

Expo Banner

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.

Welcome

Coronado Springs Convention Center Lobby

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.

Expo Map

Expo Floor Plan

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.

Waiver Printing Area

Waiver Printing Area

Coronado Ballroom Entrance

Coronado 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!).

Half Marathon Check In

Half Marathon Check In

Getting my bib!

Getting my bib!

My Team RAD Bib!!  :)

My Team RAD Bib!! 🙂

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?

Wide open space & 5K Check In

Wide open space & 5K Check In

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.

Winding Lines...

Winding Lines…

Slowly moving closer...

Slowly moving closer…

Oh look...the expo! Getting closer...

Oh look…the expo!
Getting closer…

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.

Waiting on another line...this time for merch

Waiting on another line…this time for merch

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.

Please please please runDisney...have more tanks available at your events!!

Please please please runDisney…have more tanks available at your events!!

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…

A register ghost town....

A register ghost town….

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!

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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!

NB Banner

NB Shoe

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.

Hey...that's me!

Hey…that’s me!

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.

Jam Packed!

Jam Packed!

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!

Swag

What did you think of the Fit For A Princess Expo?  How could it be improved?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 10, 2013

It’s been hard be back to reality this week, but I’ve pretty much managed to get back into my daily routine. It snowed AGAIN here in CT, but thankfully it didn’t stick around long since it’s been in the 50s this weekend!  Crazy…

I WANT SPRING!

I WANT SPRING!

Today I’m headed to the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade for some fun with my CrossFit girls.  It’s bound to be full of ridiculousness so make sure to follow along on Instagram 🙂

I’ve had some fun stuff going up on RAD this week, including my Princess recap.  Here’s what you might have missed:

Now let’s check out some RAD Reads I found this week!

First, if you are a fan of posting pictures on social media like I am, you need to read these 2 posts from SoCal Runner Gal and Gabby’s Gluten-Free about the reality behind your photos.  I LOVE this and will absolutely be doing a post like Gabby’s in the future 🙂

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney‘s Christine learned some great lessons from the Princess Half.

Who me, run? was one of 324 women to complete the Princess Half Marathon for all 5 years.  Congrats Megan on being a Perfect Princess!!

Powercakes recaps the CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.1.  This looks SO hard.

Live, Run, Grow steps outside of her comfort zone and credits it to running a marathon…pretty awesome!

Disney Posts
The Magical World Of… lists her top 5 characters who she would like to share a pint with.  Mine would definitely be Thomas O’Malley and the Scat Cat Band!  And then martinis with Duchess because she’s too fancy for a pint 😉

Parkscope shares his thoughts on Disney Springs coming to Downtown Disney.

Sparkly Ever After shares more of those fun Disney Starbucks menus…love these!

WDW for Grownups looks at the art of Disney towel animals.

Disney Every Day ordered 12 items off of the Splitsville menu and has the mouthwatering photos to prove it!

The Disney Food Blog reviews Monsieur Paul in France at Epcot.

Weekly Review
Thankfully I got out of my funk this week and got some killer workouts in at the box.  Here are my workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Power Cleans, KB Swings, Push Ups & Row
Tuesday: CrossFit: Squats, squats and more squats
Wednesday: Rest due to a dentist appointment
Thursday: CrossFit: Snatches, Wall Balls, Push Ups & Air Dyne
Friday: Snow Shoveling
Saturday: Rest

I’ve been wanting to get a foam roller for a while to use at home, so I went to Sports Authority yesterday to get one and was shocked to find out they cost $30.  Really??  $30 for a piece of foam??  That’s a little ridiculous.  At CrossFit, we use PVC pipes for rollers, so I headed on over to Home Depot and got this pre-cut 2 foot piece of PVC pipe for $6.  Hell yeah…getting sports equipment at a hardware store!

$6 PVC Pipe FTW!

$6 PVC Pipe FTW!

I just realized from this picture that the pipe says “Not For Pressure.”  Oh well!

And last but certainly not least…the winner of my Sparkly Soul Giveaway!!!  I used random.org to select a winner from the comments on the original post to select the winner.

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And the winner is….

Heather!

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Congratulations Heather!  You’ve won one thin and one wide head band in your choice of colors.  Go to sparklysoul.com and choose your colors and I will be in touch to get your mailing info.

As an added bonus, the awesome folks at Sparkly Soul are giving all you RAD readers a 10% discount on all orders placed between now and March 17th!  Just use the code RAD when you check out!

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in the contest!  It has been amazing reading all of the ways you find your sparkle.  I’m going to put those comments together and share it on the blog so everyone can find the inspiration I have from all of you!  Thanks for being so awesomely RAD!

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