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A Look at the 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge

With registration for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend opening today for DVC Members and Annual Passholders, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the festivities from this past year.  Kristina is a runDisney veteran…you may remember her from the great tips she provided on conquering the Dopey Challenge.   However, this year was her first experience with Princess Half Marathon Weekend and she decided to take on the Glass Slipper Challenge.  Hopefully you can keep up with her recap…she’s a speedy runner!! 🙂

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Thank you so much to Sarah for letting me detail my experience as a first time participant in the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend! But this wasn’t my first runDisney race. I ran in the Marathon Weekend in 2012, 2013 and 2014!

As the registration date for the 2015 Marathon weekend came and went without me signing up, I started to strongly consider the Princess Half weekend. Two of my best friends AND my parents and sister were also heavily interested in running one of the races, so we all registered. My one dear friend and I decided to kick some glass slipper in the Glass Slipper Challenge, while my parents, sister and other friend were enchanted by the Enchanted 10k.

Glass Slipper Challenge and the Little Mermaid!

Glass Slipper Challenge and the Little Mermaid!

Me and my friend Libbie with the Coachmen

Me and my friend Libbie with the Coachmen

Enough of the back story, let’s get to the recap!

There’s nothing quite like hearing an alarm sound at 3 a.m., especially when you’re in Florida with a less than seasonal outside temperature. But the pure excitement of doing a race in DISNEY where my parents, sister and friends are also participating lessened the pain of being awake so early.

Prepared race outfit.

Prepared race outfit

Ok, the early wakeup call is one thing, but the 39 degree outside temperature was a completely different beast. I am kind of a wimp when it comes to the cold, even though I live in Ohio. I decided to wear two long sleeve shirts, capri running tights and gloves. I was very happy to have all those layers!

Ready to run!

Ready to run!

My sister and I left for the monorail at 4:00 a.m., a little before my parents, since we were both in Corral A. We made it to the EPCOT parking lot by 4:40, with just enough time for a bathroom break.

Me and my sister Alexa getting ready to head to the Corrals!

Me and my sister Alexa getting ready to head to the Corrals!

Pretty soon, we were waiting for the fireworks to signal the start of the race. For the 10K there are fewer corrals. I believe just A through E. My sister and I were a little late getting into Corral A, so we were toward the back. In order to save energy and not weave through people, I ran in the grass once I crossed the start line. There is no doubt in my mind that I looked silly, but in less than a quarter of a mile I was out of the largest crowd.

The first two miles of the race take you out of the EPCOT parking lot and onto the highway. We were greeted with Elsa and her snow, which added excitement to what could be a boring portion of the course. The course continues on roadways until a little after the 5K mark. This is where you enter the EPCOT countries by Norway! Oh what a beautiful sight to see! The countries are illuminated and there’s music playing! It gives a second life to my feet. You run past France, up the little hill, turn left down the hill toward the back exit, then make your way to the Boardwalk. Running on the Boardwalk makes me nervous since it could be slippery, but I didn’t experience any issues during this race. I also didn’t hear from my parents, sister or friends that they had trouble on the Boardwalk.

The course takes you up the hill by Swan and Dolphin and past the Yacht and Beach Club. A general observation: it’s so nice to see resort guests out there cheering for the runners!

By mile 5, you enter back into EPCOT, through the countries, making your way to the finish line. That last mile went by in a blur since I was tired and cold. However, I was overjoyed to see the clock read 43:xx! My true finish time was 42:36. I finished 21st overall, 8th out of women and 3rd in my age group! But, the most exciting part was getting to see my sister finish shortly after and then my parents crossing the finish line hand in hand!

Me and Alexa after the 10k

Me and Alexa after the 10k

Loving that mylar blanket

Loving that mylar blanket

The rest of the day was spent relaxing, spending time with my friends and eating a hearty dinner of pasta and chicken to prepare for the half.

Picture courtesy of my friend Libbie

Picture courtesy of my friend Libbie

Picture courtesy of my friend Libbie

Picture courtesy of my friend Libbie

Sunday morning I woke with a sore throat and runny nose. I went back and forth trying to decide whether I should run this race “hard” or take it easy. The answer came to me after hearing all the wonderful women discussing children with Rett’s Syndrome. They cannot walk let alone run, so no minor sore throat could keep me from giving this race my all. There was some exciting news that morning, too. Disney announced a half marathon weekend at Disneyland Paris for September 23-25, 2016!

After the half marathon with Merida, one tough princess

After the half marathon with Merida, one tough princess

Before I knew it, the countdown was on for Corral A. Those fireworks at the start line never cease to amaze me! They provide additional adrenaline for the 13.1 miles ahead! Off we were to Magic Kingdom; the miles to the entrance ticked by. We ran through the Transportation and Ticket Center and made our way past the Contemporary. Reaching that area always brings Disney Magic to my feet because I know that Main Street in Magic Kingdom is quickly approaching. No joke I did a princess wave the entire way down Main Street. I was overcome with happiness and couldn’t hold back those princess-y feelings!

Tomorrowland and Fanstasyland are fun, too, as they lead to running under Cinderella’s Castle. I treasure those moments in Magic Kingdom. Even though this was my sixth time experiencing Magic Kingdom in a race setting, I promise each time is just as, if not more, magical than the time before it.

After Magic Kingdom, it’s back to some roadway running. You pass by the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, as well as one of the golf courses on Disney property. Just past mile 8, you get back on the road to head to EPCOT. You’re able to see runners heading into Magic Kingdom at this point. It’s fun to offer each other mutual support.

The temperature the morning of the half was much nicer than the 10K, but I needed to put my gloves on running back toward EPCOT; a cool breeze gave me the chills.

Major focusing on putting one foot in front of the other occurred during miles 10 through 12. This is the “hilliest” part of the course. Luckily, they’re rolling hills and with determination they are manageable. For the final mile you make it back into EPCOT. During the half marathon, runners don’t visit the countries. Rather, cones are set up to create a path. Like the 10k, the last mile of this race was a blur for me. I focused entirely on breathing, pumping my arms and moving my feet one in front of the other.

Approaching the finish line I heard the announcers shout my name, “Kristina Drnjevich from O-H-“ and I responded “I-O”! I finished in 1:34:25, 33rd overall, 23rd out of women and 9th in my age group. I was greeted by my mom who was kind enough to wake up early to meet me at the finish line! The Princess Half Marathon Weekend was my favorite runDisney event so far. Every step was filled with Magic and Disney makes sure you feel like a Princess, or Prince ☺

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Pictures courtesy of my mom, capturing the finish line.

Additional observations: There are fewer runners during the Princess half, so the expo and, in my opinion, the transportation are less crowed. The character stops for the 10K seemed to be slim, but for the half marathon there were a number of stops. Even the princes came out! I did not stop during either race for pictures with the characters, but I noticed the half had a significant number. Also, there were plenty of water stops during both races and plenty of port-a-potties. It was a blast of a race weekend that I will easily recommend to anyone looking to run a Disney race!

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Hi there! I’m Kristina Drnjevich, an assistant prosecuting attorney in Northeast Ohio. A longtime Disney and running lover, it has been a joy experiencing races in Disney. The Glass Slipper Challenge was my fourth time participating in a runDisney race weekend. This April, I ran in my first Boston Marathon, and a mere six days later, I headed to California to complete the Big Sur Marathon for the Boston to Big Sur Challenge. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @KDrnjevich!

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

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: April 28, 2013

Well this week has been the complete antithesis of last week.  I started my week in WDW celebrating Animal Kingdom’s 15th anniversary and spending time with with my best friends.  I even had my first, but certainly NOT last, Lapu Lapu!

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Friends LapuLapu

Yes travel is hard for me, but it is worth it for these experiences.  Life is too short to miss out on the things that you truly love.  And let’s be honest, that’s why they make anti-anxiety drugs…to help us fly right?? 🙂

While I had a great few days in WDW, I really missed B and my kids.  I mean how could you not miss this?!?

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Cuddles

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As much as I miss WDW, I’m very happy to be home.  I love my family so much and even when I’m in my favorite place on the planet, I miss them more than anything and can’t wait to get home.

Moving on to less sappy things, I’m sure you’ve seen the big news that came from runDisney this week about Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  In 2014, there will be a new 10K and the Glass Slipper Challenge, along with an awesomely pink Coast-to-Coast medal if you complete both the Tinker Bell and Princess Half Marathons.

Special Coast to Coast Medal CU

Much of this has been covered on RAD this week, but there have been some other really fun things as well!  Check it out:

And let’s not forget about all of the RAD Reads from around the internets…

Running & Fitness Posts
Back at Square Zero makes a delicious looking Marathon Mix.  Great for races and road trips!

Pavement Runner recaps the Lake Sonoma 50.  Simply amazing…

Journey of a Dreamer checks in with her 3-week progress doing Whole 30.  The results are amazing and I can’t wait to give this program a try.

The Sweet Life talks about running out of a rut…my constant struggle.

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog share their top 14 salty-sweet Disney eats.  My all time favorite combo!

Mouse on the Mind and This Happy Place Blog play another game of Kill-Referb-Marry, this time in Animal Kingdom.  Estelle talks attractions, while Melissa talks eats…make sure to check both out!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free in WDW visits Sanaa for a great meal and finds out about some new menu changes.

Eating WDW reports on the new menu at Sanaa later in the week.  I’m very sad that the short ribs are now gone 🙁

Weekly Review
Well it’s been a lackluster week in the world of fitness, but I got at least one KILLER WOD in, so I’m happy with that.  Here are my lackluster workouts for the week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 mile walk around Epcot
Tuesday: 2 mile walk around DHS
Wednesday: CrossFit: Total Insanity!
Thursday: Unplanned rest dues to the Yankee Game
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Clearly I need to get my ass in gear for the Long Branch Half Marathon I’m running next weekend.  I’m really excited for this race because not only is it a flat, fast course, but the finish line is right where B & I got married…super cool!  Knowing that he’ll be at the finish line will get me through the race…looking forward to that photo.  We will surely look very different from our wedding day 😉

The goal for this week is 3 days of CrossFit, 1 short run and then the half marathon on Sunday.  Let’s do this!!

Do you prefer to travel or stay at home?

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.

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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.