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New Ribbon for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Medal!

Finisher PhotoThe medal for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler is undoubtedly one of the coolest runDisney medals (or ANY race medals) out there.  It glows in the dark, has a moving elevator and features one of the coolest attractions in all of Walt Disney World…how can you go wrong?!

For the inaugural year, the theme of the medal seemed to be orange, which goes along with the Halloween theme of that whole race weekend.  The medal ribbon was orange, the logo background was orange, etc…  I actually liked this since it was very different from the other races the runDisney offers.  But this year, it looks like they are changing it up.

Stitch has been a synonymous character with The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction (not sure why…) and you can find him in a lot of the attraction merchandise dressed at a bellhop.  He was also on the “I Did It” shirt for the race last year.

I Did It Shirt

So it only makes sense that he would be now be featured on the medal ribbon right??  Don’t worry, the super cool medal is still the same!

2013 ToT Medal 2013 ToT Medal Close UpI have to say, I don’t love the red and wish they would’ve stuck to the bright orange.  However, I surprisingly like the addition of Stitch.  It adds that Disney touch.

What do you think of the new medal ribbon?

If you’re looking for more information on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, check out my 2012 race recap and the Health & Fitness Expo!

Long Branch Half Marathon Expo and Pre-Race Shenanigans

I signed up for the Long Branch Half Marathon only a few weeks ago because  had been looking for a flat, fast course where I could improve my time and this seemed perfect!  I grew up in this area and my dad still lives there, so I had a place to stay and I was fairly familiar with the course.  The finish line was also very special to me because it was right where B and I got married.  So with little training and my fingers crossed, I signed up for my 5th half marathon!

The race was on Sunday, May 5th so B and I drove the 2 hours to the Shore on Saturday morning so I get to packet pick-up.  The race expo was held at Monmouth Race Track, which was also the starting area for the race.  The funny thing about this day was that the track was showing the live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby and the windows were open to take bets.  Needless to say the crowd was an interesting mix of athletes and well, non-athletes… 01 LB Half_Monmoth ParkI had been to Monmouth Park many times in my youth as I used to love to watch the horses, but I guess I blocked out how small and dark it is in there.  Kind of seedy… 02 LB Half_Expo1The expo had a good mix of vendors, but the area was very crowded so I just headed straight towards packet pick-up. 03 LB Half_Expo2 As usual, I forgot to bring my waiver so I had to look up my bib number.  Unlike Disney where you do this yourself on a computer, here they had a booth where someone did that for you.  It was all very easy.  I then headed to pick up my bib, get my spectator parking pass and my shirt. 04 LB Half_Packet Pickup 05 LB Half_Race BibThe whole process took less than 10 minutes.  It was very well organized and a hassle free experience!  We didn’t stay long because we were famished so I did a quick browse of the merch and took off.

We met my friend Stephen on the Asbury Park boardwalk for lunch.  Considering all of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, I was surprised to see that the boardwalk and some of the business were open.  A good portion of the boardwalk had recently been replaced and you could even smell the new wood. 07 LB Half_Asbury BoardwalkI had wanted to get tacos at Pop’s Garage, but sadly that hadn’t reopened yet.  So we went to a wonderful Italian restaurant called Stella Marina.  YUM!  I was so hungry that I forgot to take pictures, but I had a wonderful roast pork panini with arugula salad…perfect pre-race lunch!  I definitely want to return here for a nice dinner one day.  Oh and check out these awesome chandeliers! 08 LB Half_BottlesAfter lunch we made a quick stop at the grocery store for my morning supplies of bagels and bananas and then headed to my Dad’s to relax a bit.  We all love to cook so everyone had a hand in dinner.  We put together a healthy, pre-race meal of grilled BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes & cauliflower, tomato salad and avocado.  YUM!!! 09 LB Half_PreRace MealAfter dinner we watched Silver Linings Playbook (which was one of the best films I’ve seen in a very long time!) and I headed to bed around 11.  That 4:30 am alarm was about to come way too soon!

Full race recap coming up!

New Information for 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

2014 Marathon Weekend

Registration for 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend opens today at noon!  Who’s excited?!?

runDisney has been taking all of the feedback provided by the running community and they are making 2014 better than ever.  I had the opportunity to speak with a few runDisney executives yesterday to get the inside scoop on some changes coming to Walt Disney World’s largest race weekend.  Ready??

  • Reduced Race Capacity.  A lot of the feedback from this year’s Marathon Weekend was that the course was too crowded.  In 2014, there will be 2,000 less runners in the full and half marathons (mainly in the half).  This is sure to make for a better race experience and will allow runners to keep their pace throughout the course.
  • More Corrals Added.  This will also help to spread out the runners throughout the course and will also ensure that runners with similar abilities will be placed together.  This may lead to an earlier start time for the race, but most likely will just mean a later final finish for the races.  An interesting fact is that the biggest priority for the full and half marathons, is to get all of the runners through the Magic Kingdom as early as possible, so that will determine the start time.
  • Proof of Time.  This will now be required for everyone who can supply it (an estimated 95% of runners).  This must be submitted by November 1st in order to ensure proper corral placement.  There were issues with corral capacity when runners would submit new times at Runner Relations at the Expo, so that will no longer be offered.  There was concern expressed about this date in that it is only a few days before the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which would be a great qualifier for a better time.  runDisney will be taking this into consideration and we might possibly hear an update in the future.  You can find more information on the time requirements here.
  • Fitted Ladies Shirts!  Until now, the Princess Half Marathon was the only race weekend that had ladies cut.  Well now our dreams have come true and we’re getting them for Marathon Weekend.  And I’m super excited that they will remain long sleeved!
  • New Medals.  We knew the there were brand new medals for the new 10K (featuring Minnie Mouse) and the Dopey challenge, but there will also be a new Marathon medal as well!  The designs are still being created, but they are sure to be revealed in an exciting manor just like the 20th Anniversary medal.  There will also be a new medallion for the 5K, which will be based on one of the Disney films.
  • New Family Events.  In addition to the Kids Races, there will new be ticketed breakfast events with characters for the entire family to enjoy.  The Pasta in the Park party will be continuing as well.

Here is Director of Communication and Marketing for Disney Sports, Faron Kelley, talking a little more about some of these changes:

Well there you have it, just some of the changes that will be coming to the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  I’m sure there will be much more news and a whole lot of surprises in the next 9 months leading up to the races!

This race weekend is the ultimate runner’s family vacation.  There is something for everyone!  From the youngest in the family to the Dopiest of runners, you are sure to find an event for you.  Registration opens today at noon and you can click here to register for any (or all) of the events.   

Pricing for the races are as follows:

Walt Disney World Marathon

  • $160 by June 18, 2013
  • $175 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $190 on or after August 14, 2013

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

  • $160 by June 18, 2013
  • $175 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $190 on or after August 14, 2013

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

  • $340 by June 18, 2013
  • $370 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $400 on or after August 14, 2013

Walt Disney World 10K

  • $95 by June 18, 2013
  • $110 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $125 on or after August 14, 2013

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

  • $60 per participant

Dopey Challenge

  • $495 by June 18, 2013
  • $525 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $555 on or after August 14, 2013

runDisney Kids’ Races

  • $15 per child

Mickey Mile

  • $30 per child

Race Retreat Packages

  • $120 Full Marathon
  • $120 Half Marathon
  • $200 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

Don’t forget that DVC members receive a discount on runDisney events!  Make sure to visit your member page to obtain the discount codes.

As usual for most runDisney events, packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning Wednesday, January 8th.  Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend.

You can also check out some of the posts from my 2013 WDW Marathon Weekend experience here:

So what race will you be running over Marathon Weekend?  Me?  I will not be running the marathon again, but I will be running the brand new 10K race and the half marathon.  You can bet I will be out there cheering everyone on for the 5K and the marathon though!!  Hope to see you all in January 🙂

Princess Weekend is in Full Swing!

This is the 1 year anniversary of my first half marathon…wow!  I am so lucky to be spending it right back here in the World running my 2nd Princess Half Marathon!  As usual full recaps are coming later, but I wanted to share some fun photos from my first day here.

Amanda & I at the runDisney Meet Up

Amanda & I at the runDisney Meet Up

Lines, lines & more lines at the Fit for a Princess Expo

Lines, lines & more lines at the Fit for a Princess Expo

Got my Princess Swag!

Got my Princess Swag!

Some giraffes chillin' at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Some giraffes chillin’ at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

My first time eating at Sanaa...OMG YUM!

My first time eating at Sanaa…OMG YUM!

So much more fun stuff to come, so stay tuned!  Best of luck to all the 5K runners this morning…smoke that course!

Oh and don’t forget…if you’re in the area, come to my RAD Princess Meet Up today at noon in Downtown Disney!  You won’t want to miss it 🙂

DTD RAD Meetup

Are you here for the Princess Half Marathon?  How’s your trip going?