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A Princess Half Marathon Weekend Easter Egg!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Easter Egg

There have been some rumblings around the interwebs over the weekend about how runDisney is dropping hints about the theme of the next Princess Half Marathon Weekend out on the course.  I’ve done some digging and it seems that this is in fact true and I LOVE IT!

Where is this royal Easter egg you ask?? It’s on the Mile 13 marker!  Check it out…

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As luck would have it, I have a tradition of taking a photo at the Mile 13 marker when I run a half marathon.  I did it during my first half marathon (Princess 2012) out of pure joy for making it that far, and have continued to do it at subsequent races.  If you notice from the photo above, the mile marker is the same in 2012 and 2013, a general finish line image with all the princesses.  This makes sense as there was no exact theme for the first 5 years.

But look…in 2014 the marker changes to Anna & Elsa.  Guess what the theme for 2015 was? Frozen!  Then in 2015, Ariel was on the Mile 13 marker and low and behold, The Little Mermaid was the theme this year!

2015 Mile 13 Marker Photo Credit: Robin Schiltz

2015 Mile 13 Marker
Photo Credit: Robin Schiltz

So what Princess was on the Mile 13 marker this year??  Snow White!

2016 Mile 13 Marker Photo Credit: Adrienne Ramser

2016 Mile 13 Marker
Photo Credit: Adrienne Ramser

If this theory is correct, this will be a fun new theme for 2017 Princess Weekend.  She’s not my favorite Princess, but Snow White doesn’t get much love during this race weekend so should make for some fun medals.  The dwarfs are perfect for the kids races!

Have you noticed this little Easter Egg?  What do you think of Snow White being the main character theme for the 2017 Princess Half Marathon weekend?

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RAD Recap for September 14, 2014

This is always a crappy week for me.  13 years have gone by and that one day still continues to have such a strong impact in my life.  Each year gets better but it’s never easy.  Much love to all my family and friends out there who have supported me through the years <3

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Moving on to the lighter topics of Disney news.  WTF is up with this Frozen attraction replacing Maelstrom business??  This is making me slightly irate!  I love Frozen….no seriously, it’s one of my favorite Disney movies ever.  Awkward Anna is like me in character form.  However, a character based ride like this does NOT belong in the World Showcase.  First, World Showcase is supposed to “showcase” (hence the name!) the culture of the countries…I’m pretty sure Arendelle is not a real place, so no.  Second, can you imagine the bottleneck traffic this is going to cause?!?!?!  Norway is not a large pavilion and Maelstrom even has queues that go out into the square.  Can you imagine this business?!?  Blech.  This belongs in Fantasyland, NOT World Showcase.

OK, clearly I need to move on from my frustrations because I could go on for days!  Let’s talk about the Disneyland Half Marathon!  This week I featured 2 great recaps of the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon.  The first was from a back of the packer (like me!) who made some amazing friendships along the way.  And the second was from a first time runDisney runner AND half marathoner…so fun to see this race through her eyes!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s now less than two weeks until the Disney Fit Challenge.  I’m going a little crazy that the WODs haven’t been announced yet, but hopefully that will happen in the next few days.  In the meantime, to clearly NOT prepare, I’ve been indulging in some local food and drink.  Yesterday, B and I went on another super fun Taste of New Haven tour where we sampled food and drink from some of New Haven’s best establishments, as well as learned a lot about the city’s rich history along the way.  Oh and of course I had to take a photo with one of the locals…

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Lastly, I want to hear from you.  First, what Disney Parks Transportation would you Kill, Refurb or Marry? Any idea on where the monorail falls in my picks?

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Then, I want to know how how you stay fit on vacation.  My friend John LOVED the fitness centers at the Animal Kingdom Lodge during his most recent trip.  I want to know what you do!

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I also want to know who is excited about the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!  I know I sure am…it’s my favorite time of the year!!  I’ve been studying the DFB Guide to the 2014 International Food & Wine Festival in preparation for my trip in 2 weeks and it is making me SO excited for all the new stuff I can try this year.  Have you checked it out yet?

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Make sure to come back this week as I will have more coverage of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and Hannah will have more tips from her Mission to Marathon series!  Oh and I might have some Food & Wine Festival tips…I just can’t help myself but talk about all the foodie awesomeness!!

Have a great week!

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Registration for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Opens Tomorrow!

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Get your tiaras and tutus ready because registration for the 2015 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon opens tomorrow at noon!  This magical race weekend will be taking place February 19 – 22, 2015 and will include the Princess 5K, Enchanted 10K, Princess Half Marathon and the Glass Slipper Challenge.

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Over 25,000 runners will once again be taking the streets of Walt Disney World to to earn the sparkliest bling in the land.  News out of the ESPN at Disney media event going on right now is that the Princess 5K and Kids races will have a Frozen theme…how fun!

As will all runDisney races events, we see another price increase for this year of 6-10% depending on the race.  Here’s the pricing:

Disney Princess Half Marathon
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 5:30 am

  • $170 by September 1, 2014
  • $185 between September 2 and October 21, 2014
  • $200 on or after October 22, 2014

Disney Enchanted 10K 
Saturday, February 21, 2014 at 5:30 am

  • $105 by September 1, 2014
  • $120 between September 2 and October 21, 2014
  • $135 on or after October 22, 2014

Glass Slipper Challenge 
Saturday & Sunday, February 21-22, 2015 at 5:30 am

  • $295 by September 1, 2014
  • $320 between September 2 and October 21, 2014
  • $345 on or after October 22, 2014

Disney Princess 5K 
Friday, February 2o, 2015 at 6:15 am

  • $60 per participant by November 25, 2014
  • $70 per participant on or after November 26, 2014

runDisneyKids Races – Dashes
Friday & Saturday, February 20-21, 2015 at 8:45 am

  • $15 per participant by November 25, 2014
  • $20 per participant on or after November 26, 2014

runDisneyKids Races – 1-Mile Run
Friday & Saturday, February 20-21, 2015 at 9:15 am

  • $30 per participant by November 25, 2014
  • $35 per participant on or after November 26, 2014

Running one of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend races with a bunch of girlfriends??  If so, you can register as many people as you want as a team!  In prior years, teams were limited to two people, but this year you can have as many as you would like for an additional $10 per runner.  Team members will receive a commemorative Team Bib with your team name on it, a commemorative team item (no idea what that is, but last year it was a sash), and a team photo at packet pick-up.  Not sure it’s worth the up-charge, but if the mystery “item”turns out to be super cool it might be.

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As with all runDisney events, participants must stop by the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo to pick up their race bib, t-shirt and shop ’til you drop!  The expo runs from February 19 – 21 and will be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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

There are also various dining events over the weekend that you can attend.  The first event is immediately following the 5K on February 21st with an all new Breakfast.  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 this year (February 21st & 22nd) 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 is as follows:

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast
Friday & Saturday, February 20-21, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 am

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

Pasta in the Park Party
Friday & Saturday, February 20-21, 2015 from 6:00 – 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!  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.  Take note that the Gold & Platinum pages are available for the ONLY the Half Marathon.  You can get all the details of the packages here and the pricing is as follows:

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  • 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 under 2 hours this past week, so I’m sure the event itself will sell out very quickly.  If you are interested in participating, I would register as close to noon as possible tomorrow!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I LOVE Princess Half Marathon Weekend and I already registered for the Glass Slipper Challenge last week during the AP & DVC pre-sale.  2015 will be my 4th year participating in this race weekend and I’m excited to be doing it again with my good friend Amanda.  It’s a very special tradition for us 🙂

Each year has been a different experience for me and has had it’s own set of challenges.  You can read all of the details here:

2014

2013

2012: My FIRST Half Marathon!

Will YOU be a Disney Princess in 2015?!?  Hope to see you there 🙂

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Disney Princesses

Kill-Marry-RefurbIt’s time for another Kill, Refurb, Marry!  This months topic is Disney Princesses. Wait..what?!?!  We need to kill a Princess?!?  Hmmm…this could get interesting 😉

Now, I’m not a big Disney Princess kind of gal.  Yes Disney’s Princess Half Marathon is my favorite race and I’ve definitely lived up to my name (Sarah mean Princess afterall!) over the years.  However I’ve never actually related to any of the Disney Princesses.  Well that is until more recently…let’s find out who.

Kill – Mulan

The main reason for this…Mulan isn’t actually a Princess at all!

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Yes, she’s pretty badass and I love her message of female empowerment, but again…she’s not a Princess.  She wasn’t royal by birth and neither was her husband General Li Shang.  So why is she considered a Disney Princess?  Is it just because female protagonists automatically need to become Princesses to feed the Disney cash cow?  There’s something wrong with that…

Refurb – Snow White

Snow White…the original Disney Princess.  She’s adorable, quaint and has some quirky friends, but really…can she be more naive?!

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Girl…don’t take fruit from strangers!! And I mean, the dwarfs turned out to be ok, but that could’ve ended poorly as well.  They may be small, but they out numbered her.  I’d love to see a new Snow White…a stronger, more confident girl who doesn’t rely on Prince Charming to save her.  Maybe something like Snow White in Once Upon A Time…she knows how to use a bow!

Marry – Tie: Merida & Anna

All of the reasons why I want to refurb Snow White, are basically why I LOVE both Merida and Anna.  Let’s start with Merida…she don’t need no man!

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She is strong, confident and a badass with the bow!  She butts heads with her mother (who doesn’t at times!), but ultimately has a good heart and truly loves her family.  She has all of the struggles of young girls today in terms of family and equality, yet comes out triumphant in the end.  She was such a wonderful addition to the Princess Court.

Anna…oh how I love Anna.

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She hasn’t technically been crowned as an “official” Disney Princess yet, but (unlike Mulan) it’s pretty clear in Frozen that she is royal through and through.  She’s awkward, quirky and basically someone most of us can relate too.  She is the Princess everyone can relate to and the one we all wish we could be…ok well I could deal better without the winter business, but you know what I mean 😉

So those are my choices…what about you?  Which Disney Princesses would you Kill, Refurb & Marry??

Make sure to visit This Happy Place BlogMouse on the Mind and all of the other great blogs participating in Kill, Refurb, Marry today!

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The Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part I – Disney Enchanted 10K

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When your flight gets indefinitely delayed the afternoon before you are about to take on a back to back race challenge, the panic begins to set in.  Will I make it?  Will I have to forego my registration for the first race?  Most importantly…will my vacation be cut short?!?

I found myself in this exact predicament on the Friday before I was about to take on the Glass Slipper Challenge during Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  A thick fog had rolled into White Plains, NY and no planes were landing or taking off from our tiny little airport.  Our plane was diverted to Syracuse and we were patiently waiting for the fog to clear so it could come pick us up and take us to warmer climates.  Sigh…  After about 5 hours of waiting at the airport and frantic texts to Amanda who was waiting patiently to pick us up in Orlando, B and I finally got on the plane and headed south.

By the time we landed, grabbed a bite to eat, got to our hotel, unpacked and settled in, it was about 11:30 pm…MUCH later than I would’ve liked given that my alarm was set to go off at 3:30 am the next morning for the Enchanted 10K.  Luckily we had thought ahead and I had Amanda pick up my race packet earlier that day…phew!

We wearily rolled out of bed, got dressed in record time and headed over to Epcot for day 1 of the Glass Slipper Challenge.  Because we didn’t have time to stop at the store the night before, I didn’t have any food to fuel up with that morning and I was starving.  Thankfully there were food trucks!  I grabbed a banana and was good to go…I don’t know how that egg and cheese bagel would’ve sat during a 10K!

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We arrived very close to the start time so after inhaling the banana and making a quick pit stop, we headed into our corral.  I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling great about this race.  I had hoped to be better rested, but things don’t always go as planned.  So we decided that we were going to tackle the Inaugural Enchanted 10K with smiles on our faces no matter what!

All of a sudden, our corral was moving, fireworks were going off and the race had begun!

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The first half of the course was boooooooring.  These are always the most difficult miles for me as I get moving and all I kept thinking about was how I couldn’t wait to get into World Showcase.  However we did see Elsa from Frozen soon we left the starting line…

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And the sight of  thousands of runners pouring out of the Epcot toll booths was pretty cool…

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But that was about it until…

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Yay!  World Showcase Lagoon!  Can you see the humidity in the air?  Yowza

From here on, the race was a blast!  There were sights to see and characters everywhere.

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I even snuck in a photo with my favorite character Marie without standing in line!  Amanda has all the tricks 😉

A quick tour around the Boardwalk and Crescent Lake made for very tempting pit stops…

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I said hi to a few friends, including my girl Cindy, in front of the Beach Club before heading back into Epcot and back out into the parking lot for the big finish.

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And like that we were done!  It started sprinkling very soon after we crossed the finish line, so we grabbed our medals and made a bee line for the car.

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This was my first 10K at Walt Disney World and I really do love the distance.  I’m so glad that they have added this to many of the race weekends.  It’s challenging and can be completed fairly quickly, but there really needs to be some sort of entertainment added to Epcot Center Drive…that long stretch was painfully boring.  Plus with the shorter distance, you still have a fair amount of energy left over to get some good park touring in after the race.  I headed over to Animal Kingdom for a few hours to say hi to some animals and get in some fun character time.

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Later that day we headed to the Osceola County Fair to support Amanda’s daughter at the steer auction.  It was actually a really fun experience for this Northeast city girl!  The big bonus was that I got to hold her 2 week old goat!!  I look like a crazy person…

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After the fair we went to Splitsville for dinner where the service was severely lacking, but the food was good.  We also stopped in the new Fit2Run store in Downtown Disney for some KT Tape.  That place is nice…definitely check it out next time you are in the area.

Day 1 of the Glass Slipper Challenge complete!  We headed to bed fairly early to get ready for day 2…my 3rd Princess Half Marathon!

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the entire weekend as media.  My hotel expenses were provided by Disney.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own and I am 100% obsessed with runDisney events.

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