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Registration for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Opens at Noon!

2016-Princess-Registration-logoIt’s that time again Princesses!  Sadly your Fairy Godmother won’t be able to help you today, so make sure your credit cards are ready to register for the 2016 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon today at noon EDT!  This magical race weekend will be taking place February 18 – 21, 2016 and will include the Princess 5K, Enchanted 10K, Princess Half Marathon and the Glass Slipper Challenge.  Over 25,000 runners will be taking to the streets of Walt Disney World during this magical race weekend to earn the sparkliest bling in the land.

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As with all runDisney races events, we see another price increase for this year of 3-8% depending on the race.  Here’s the pricing:

Disney Princess Half Marathon
Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • $175 by August 4, 2015
  • $190 between August 5 – 25, 2015
  • $205 on or after August 26, 2015

Disney Enchanted 10K 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • $110 by August 4, 2015
  • $125 between August 5 – 25, 2015
  • $140 on or after October 22, 2014

Glass Slipper Challenge 
Saturday & Sunday, February 20-21, 2016 

  • $305 by August 4, 2015
  • $340 between August 5 – 25, 2015
  • $365 on or after August 26, 2015

Disney Princess 5K 
Friday, February 19, 2016

  • $65 per participant by August 25, 2015
  • $75 per participant on or after August 26, 2015

runDisneyKids Races – Dashes
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016

  • $15 per participant by August 25, 2015
  • $20 per participant on or after August 26, 2015

runDisneyKids Races – 1-Mile Run
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016

  • $30 per participant by August 25, 2015
  • $35 per participant on or after August 26, 2015

It looks like official team registrations are no longer an option, however you can purchase commemorative team bibs for family and friends.  You can order any quantity you would like, which is an interesting new twist.  These will be available in the Commemorative Items section of the registration.

As with all runDisney events, participants must stop by the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo to pick up their race bib, t-shirt and spend all your cash on runDisney gear!  The expo runs from February 18 – 20 and will be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Welcome

If you’re looking for the ultimate VIP experience over Princess Weekend, then the Race Retreat may be for you!  For an extra fee ($120 in 2015), you will have access to various pre and post-race amenities, such as a temperature controlled tent, snacks, private bathrooms, changing tents, character meet & greets a commemorative item, massages and more.

There are also various dining events over the weekend that you can attend.  The first event is Breakfast with the Princesses immediately following the 5K on February 19th and the 10K on February 20th.  Here you can enjoy a breakfast buffet with items such as quiche, breakfast burritos, french toast and more, as well as special character meet and greets and photo ops.

Returning for 2 nights again (February 19th & 20th) is the Pasta in the Park Party.  This family oriented event takes place in the World Showplace Pavilion inside Epcot and includes a buffet dinner of pasta (duh!), character meet and greets, and a reserved viewing area for Illuminations.  Pricing for both of these events has not been published yet, but here is the pricing from 2015 to give you and idea:

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 am

  • $39 for Adults (10 and up)
  • $26 for Children (ages 3 – 9)

Pasta in the Park Party
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Illuminations at 9:00 pm

  • $54 for Adults (10 and up)
  • $30 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Children under 3 are free

And let’s not forget the most important part of any race, the spectators!  Generally, there are 4 different ChEAR Squad package levels available and range from a newsletter at no cost to the platinum package that includes entry into the race retreat.  Pricing and package details have not been published yet, but here is the pricing from 2015:

ChEAR Squad

  • Bronze – No Charge per package
  • Silver – $39 per package
  • Gold – $65 per package
  • Platinum – $120 per package

Make sure to visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend including details on the travel packages, transportation information, park tickets and more.

Pre-sales for the Glass Slipper Challenge sold out in about 30 minutes two weeks ago, so I’m sure the event itself will sell out very quickly.  Here are some great tips from runDisney about how to register for this race weekend efficiently:

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I LOVE Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  I had to defer my 2015 race registration, which means I am already signed up and ready to go for 2016.  This will be my first big event after having a baby this fall.  I think it will be the perfect motivation to get me up and keep me active!

I’ve ran Princess 3 times and each year has been a different experience for me with it’s own set of challenges.  You can read all of the details here:

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2012: My FIRST Half Marathon!

Will YOU be a Disney Princess in 2016?!?  Hope to see you there 🙂

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2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Info

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Disney’s Princess Half Marathon is only a few days away!!  Do you have your tutus and tiaras ready??  This is such a fun race weekend and since it was my first half marathon it is my favorite!  But sadly for the first time in 3 years I will not be participating in the festivities.  🙁

Because I won’t be in WDW this week I’m calling on YOU!!  If you are interested in writing about any part of Princess Half Marathon Weekend, send me an email to sarah@runningatdisney.com and I’ll send you some additional details.  I would love to have you!!

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Now let’s dive into some of the details about the weekend!  The theme of the races this year is the oh so popular Frozen!  Not only has the 5K been renamed the Frozen 5K, but all of ribbons now have the addition of beautiful snowflakes.  I just love these designs!

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Fit for a Princess Expo

The weekend starts with the Fit for a Princess Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, February 19th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, February 20th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 21st: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

All race participants  MUST attend the expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick-up race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt, and gEAR bag.  The gEAR bag also doubles as the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration.  Transportation will be provided to and from all Walt Disney World Resort Hotels 30 minutes prior to the Expo opening and 30 minutes after closing.

When you arrive at the expo, your first stop will be the HP Field House for Packet Pick Up.  Remember that you can no longer have someone pick up your race packet for you.  Everyone MUST turn in a waiver, show ID and pick up their own packet. (Thanks to Julie for the reminder!!)

This race weekend has really grown in size and because of that, packet pick-up is spread out over the two levels of the HP Field House.  On the Entry Level you will find: Kids Races, 5K, Glass Slipper Challenge and Runner Relations.

Entry Level

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On the Lower Level you will find: 10K, Half Marathon, Castaway Cay 5K, Marathon, ChEAR Squad, Race Retreat, and Family Reunion Breakfast Pick Up. The Lower Level is also where shirt pick-up is for Glass Slipper Challenge participants and where great backgrounds are for some fun photo ops!

Lower Level

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After visiting the HP Field House, head over to the Jostens Center to visit with vendors and pick up your race shirts, visit with the vendors, listen to the speaker series and pick up all that great runDisney merchandise!

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Resort Transportation

All Walt Disney World resorts, including Shades of Green and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, will have transportation available to bring participants to and from ALL events during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

Bus service to the Expo will run during the following times:

  • Thursday, February 19th: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 8:30 pm)
  • Friday, February 20th: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 7:30 pm)
  • Saturday, February 21st: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 5:30 pm)

On February 19-21, bus transportation will be provided for runners and spectators to and from the races at Epcot.  For those staying at a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail line (Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian), the monorail will begin running at the same time as the buses each day to take guests to and from Epcot.  Here are the times the busses will run:

  • 5K & Kids Races, February 20th: 4:15 am – 5:00 am & 7:00 am – 11:00 am (runners must be on a bus by 5:00 am for the 5K, 8:00 am for the 1-miler and 8:30 am for the Kids Dashes)
  • 10K, February 21st: 3:30 am – 5:00 am & 7:00 am – 10:00 am (runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am)
  • Half Marathon, January 10th: 3:00 am – 5:00 am & 7:00 am – 10:30 am (runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am)

Shuttle service will be suspended between 5:00 am and 7:00 am because of road closures, but will recommence for spectators after 7:00 am.  Traffic into the Epcot parking lot will also be suspended at this time and all cars will be routed to the Magic Kingdom Parking lot where spectators can take the monorail to Epcot.  After the race, buses will be set by resort in the Family Reunion Area to take all participants back to their resorts.

Driving Directions

If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation to all events.  As usual, Disney says to EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS so make sure you leave yourself enough time.  Road closures will begin at as early as 11:00 pm the night before! Be sure to arrive at Epcot and be parked by 4:30 am since it is about a 20 minute walk to the starting corrals for the Half Marathon from the parking lot and you must be in there by 5:00 am.

Costumes

It’s so fun to see the creativity of all the runners for these races!!  Since this is Princess Weekend, you are guaranteed to see more tutus and sparkle then you’ve ever seen before!!  Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.  Who are you dressing up as?

Bag Check

Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  The bag check tents are located in the Family Reunion Area in the Epcot parking lot.  All bags must be checked prior to walking over to the start corrals. 

Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race.  The strings on the gEAR bags make them horribly uncomfortable to carry around.

Staging Area & Start Corrals

When you arrive at the Epcot parking lot, you will be directed to a large staging area before the corrals open.  This is where you will find bag check, water stations, photo ops and most importantly Port-a-Potties.  The corrals for the 5K & 10K will be located in the Explore Lot (see map below) and you will need to be in those corrals 30 minutes prior to the race.

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The start corrals for the half marathon are located on Epcot Center Drive.  It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the half marathon starting corrals from the holding area, so you will want to head over there no later than 4:30 am.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.   You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.

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If you are participating in the Glass Slipper Challenge, you will have two letter on your race bib.  One for the 10K and one for the Half Marathon.  Here’s a look at last year:

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Race Bibs 

Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible and smile for that camera 🙂

If you are participating in the Glass Slipper Challenge, you will be given one bib for both races.  Take good care of that bib throughout the weekend!

Pacing Requirements

Remember, you must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line.  Keep this in mind if you a planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.

Aid Stations

There will be 2 water stops along the 5K course and 3 water stops along the 10K course.  No PowerAde or fuel will be provided for either of these races.

For the Half Marathon, there will be 9 PowerAde and water stops along the course and there will be one food station at mile 8.7 that will have Clif Shots available.  Aid stations will be located approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other.  The PowerAde flavor is lemon-lime, so if that isn’t your thing you should carry your own.  Same goes for the fuel stop…don’t rely on those if you have trained with other products.

Coast to Coast Race Challenge

Participants in the challenge will be given a wristband at the expo that must be worn during the race.  After completion, proceed to the Coast to Coast tent to claim your super awesome medal!  If you ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January, you will be able to get the exclusive PINK Coast to Coast medal!

Course Maps

Frozen 5K & Enchanted 10K

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Princess Half Marathon

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Kids Races

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I LOVE how the Kids Races are in Epcot.  What an exciting 1-Mile Run for the kiddos to go through Future World!

Other events for the weekend include the Pasta in the Park Party and the Happily Ever After Party at Downtown Disney on Sunday night!  More information is available over on the runDisney website including the Official Program for the weekend. Also, check out my packing tips as you get ready for travel…sadly we don’t all have a Fairy Godmother to do that for us.

And make sure to check out my experience from the last 3 years at Princess Half Marathon Weekend…it’s a BLAST!

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2012

Make sure to tag me in your photos from the weekend and I will make sure to share them!  You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get all the latest info from the race weekend.  Have a magical time!!

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2015 Princess Weekend Merchandise & runDisney New Balance Shoes

Probably the best part about runDisney race weekends is all of the exclusive merchandise available at the Health & Fitness Expo.  There’s nothing like having some great commemorative items to take home with you to remember your big accomplishment!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend is right around the corner and there are some great new items you’ll be able to pick up.  Let’s check them out!

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Frozen has taken over as the main theme of the weekend and you can find snowflakes and characters on many of the items.  There is also the addition of a pink runDisney Magic Band to go with the blue design that was introduced over Marathon weekend.

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This is the 2nd year for the Glass Slipper Challenge and they have knocked it out of the park with these turquoise and black designs.  I just LOVE that wine glass!

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Ahhh BondiBands…my running must have!  Look at all of designs you’ll have to choose from!

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Another new addition to the race merchandise are these fun phone cases…looks like they can be customized too!

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And of course, no Princess Weekend would be complete without the ultimate accessory, a Disney Dooney & Bourke purse!  These new Princess designs are whimsical and fun…perfect for this royal event.

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Earlier today, New Balance released NEW design in their runDisney collection that will be release over Princess Half Marathon weekend.  Over Marathon Weekend the new Steamboat Willie inspired 990v3 shoes and now they are introducing 860v5’s in similar designs and capturing the spirit of the Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Polka Dot Minnie designs from the 2014 collection.

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The shoes will only be available at Health and Fitness Expos during the runDisney event weekend. To minimize waiting in line for shoes, New Balance has created a virtual queue to let you know when it’s your turn to be fitted and make your purchase. Starting on Thursday, February 19, starting at 6 a.m. runners can sign up at NBvirtualqueue.com using their bib number. Non-runners can sign up daily, pending inventory.

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Are you excited about the new designs or are they leaving you feeling a little grey??

As a reminder the Fit for a Princess Expo will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, February 19th, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, February 20th, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 21st, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

If you are an AP holder or DVC member you may be eligible for discounts at the Expo, so don’t forget to bring your cards and always ask!  New Balance shoes generally do not get discounts.

What are you looking forward to getting this year?? 

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RAD Recap for March 16, 2014

Does anyone else have spring fever?!?  Daylight Savings Time came just in time for me as I was about to go completely stir-crazy!  The longer days and the taste of warmer temps have definitely brightened my spirits, but also have gotten me out and about to exercise and enjoy CT!  Yesterday I went to a really fun Escape to Spring Expo where I took in the smells of spring and gorged myself at some killer food trucks.

I have continued to stuff my face all weekend with more great meals to start my birthday week! My mom is visiting for a few days so we are doing a lot of indulging along with relaxing…both of which are much needed.  We also pampered ourselves a bit with some haircuts on Friday…look, I got bangs!

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I also started getting back into a routine at the gym which has felt great!  I feel energized and ready to kick my training back up again.  Even after deciding not to give it a go at in the CrossFit Open this year, I tried WOD 14.3 yesterday and did fairly well given my lack of training.  I got through the 20 deadlifts at 155# for a total of 75 reps.  I have definitely lost a lot of strength recently and I’m determined to get that back!

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I finished my recap of the Glass Slipper Challenge this week with the Princess Half Marathon, which is always fun but this time it was a bit of an emotional journey.

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Heather from I Love Characters! also stopped by this week to give a really fun recap of the Fit for a Princess Expo.  She got some rad photos and also made off with some great runDisney swag!

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And in case you missed it, this week was time for another fun game of Kill, Marry, Refub where we looked at World Showcase Counter Service Spots…what do you think my picks were???

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I’ve also been thinking about getting a GoPro Camera.  Does anyone out there have one? Do you love it? Hate it? After watching this super fun video from my friend Alli’s family vacation to WDW, I think this would be a GREAT way to capture my vacations and all of my runDisney experiences.

Well I’m off to enjoy my last night with my Mom and the beginning of my favorite week of the year…my birthday week!

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Who Is Ready To Party Like a Princess?!

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is officially underway!!  The Fit for a Princess Expo opened this morning and there are a TON of wonderful photos coming out on social media from the event.  Things seem to be running much smoother this year with the Expo moving back to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex…what a great way to kick off a fun weekend??

What do you think of the merchandise at the Expo this year?  Here are a few of my favorites…

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I will be heading down tomorrow to meet up with my best running buddy Amanda and seeing everyone arrive today has gotten me SO excited!  We will be running the Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge (Enchanted 10K on Saturday and Princess Half Marathon on Sunday), but we will also be having TONS of fun.  This is our 3rd Princess Half Marathon Weekend and for some reason it’s always the most fun.  Even with over 40,000 runners participating in the weekend, the atmosphere of the race is very lighthearted and supportive probably due to the fact that it is mostly women running.  The spirit of friendship and “girl-power” is in the air making everyone feel strong and empowered…trust me, I need a whole lot of that right now!

Amanda-Sarah-Princess-MagicBandsPlus, Princesses really know how to party!  Did you see there is a Happily Ever After Party happening in Downtown Disney on Sunday after all of the races??  And I just saw today that there are new SUPERSIZED slushes at the France pavilion.  Can you say tres grande taille Grey Goose Citron slush s’il vous plait?? (Google is great for French translations)  Looks like the perfect post race celebration to me 🙂

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There are so many fun things going on over Princess Half Weekend and I couldn’t be more excited to get there!  Remember, I have all the information about race weekend for you here and pretty pretty please follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #RADPrincess to send me your photos or to say hi!  Don’t be shy…make sure to stop me if you see me 🙂

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