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2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo

All runDisney race weekends start with a trip to the Health & Fitness Expo.  Kristin Cooke is here to take us on a tour of this year’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend Expo and fills us in on all the ins and outs…including some stories from the craziness at opening!

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I heard lots of stories from opening morning of the Expo. One girl had a wine glass taken out of her hand and the person ran away right after. A man stood in the checkout line with 3 different boxes of merchandise. Some girls were throwing wine glasses at each other and they broke. Apparently, there was a crush at the jacket table.

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Luckily, I didn’t get in town until later Thursday night. So, I headed over to the Expo first thing Friday morning. My sister drove from the resort and we had no problem getting in and parked. We ended up in a gravel lot to the right of the main area.

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We walked to the HP Field House to get our packets. The set up was slightly different this year. All packet pickups were on the ground floor. Since I was doing the Glass Slipper Challenge, I picked up my bib and immediately got my picture taken.

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I also got my pre-ordered necklace and GSC pin at the same place. In a separate area, I picked up my race retreat bracelet. My sister got her 10k packet in a second area. The shirts for the Glass Slipper were also in this area.  After picking up everything, we followed the directions to the Dooney & Bourke pre-purchase area. I had ordered the shopper purse (the largest one) before they even showed the pattern. They dressed up the hallways with princess silhouettes and topiaries. There was no line for the pre-purchased items at all.

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The Dooneys were in their own location. I walked right up and got my bag. I think it looks great. I love this pattern. It’s close enough to the original but not too childish to take to work. I had not pre-purchased any other items. There was a tape queue line on the floor. However, no one was in line.

Next to the pre-order area was an official merchandise area. It had a nice selection of items. The only thing that was completely sold out that I noticed was the Princess wine glasses. They had runDisney ones, but no Princess ones. Next to the Official Merchandise was the Dooney & Bourke area. I was surprised to see there were still Dooneys for sale. Either they had a lot more stock this year, or a lot of people disagreed with me about the pattern.

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After we finished browsing the official merchandise, we went over to the Jostens Center to the main Expo area. I love browsing Raw Threads and Sparkle Skirts for their latest offerings. They always have a large selection at the Expo. We kept going to the back so my sister could pick up her 10k shirt. The non-challenge shirts are all picked up here. They also had a shirt exchange. There was another section of official merchandise in this area. The offerings we almost identical to what was in the HP Field House.

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Right outside the official merchandise was Jeff Galloway. He was promoting his half marathon in Atlanta and the virtual option which could be used while running the Princess half. I had to stop and get my picture with him. He really is a nice guy.

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We also tried the samples of different Luna bars. Most of them were really tasty. We saw some other booths doing wheel spins and other giveaways, but didn’t stop. While my roommate picked up some socks from Fit2Run, I wandered back to the New Balance area.

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I knew there was a virtual queue for shoes. I was hoping to pick up a pair for my daughter. I bought my son a pair a year ago at the inaugural Star Wars race. After talking to a man at the entrance, he went to the back to look for my daughter’s size. If I had wanted them for myself, I would have needed to register for the queue. Luckily, he found the Ariel shoes for my daughter. I also got the flounder clip-ons at the register. The New Balance area wasn’t too crowded. I think the virtual queue has really helped with that.

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I went back to find my roommate and sister. The one other thing I wanted was the discount from MarathonFoto.  After consulting the map in the event guide, we realized we would have to go back to the HP Field House. Last year, they had booths in both places. I guess they consolidated this year. As we made our way back, we noticed the crowd was starting to build. Luckily, I was able to go right up to a tablet and purchase the certificate. It was not as good of a deal as last year, but $75 for a $100 certificate is still good. They did have a wait when I was finished as they only had 3 working tablets.

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We decided to grab a bite to eat at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grille. I ended up with chicken nuggets, fries, and a Coke Zero in a bottle as the fountain wasn’t working. They did have a pasta special for the runners which my sister ordered. They were not crowded this year. We were slightly earlier than normal lunch crowd at 11, but there were only 4 other tables in use. Last year it was packed and overflowing. The food was pretty good. The staff were wonderful and cleared our empty plates for us. When we were finished, we went back to our car.

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Leaving the ESPN Wide World of Sports, although slightly confusing, was not hard. They had officers directing traffic at the exit. It was frustrating watching them talk to people in vehicles while we waited, but overall it was not bad.

Having not been to the Expo on Thursday morning, I did not see the worst part. In my experience, the Expo was better than last year and the merchandise (aside from the Princess wine glasses) seemed to be well stocked. There were even Dooneys left! I hope they learn from the Thursday fiasco and make changes for next year. Although it will never happen, having the first day for runners only might help. (RAD note: This is a really good idea!) Also, allowing runners to pre-order more items could take some of the pain away. I truly believe most of the bad behavior comes from resellers. Thursday’s issues aside, I think it was a well-run Expo with lots of good vendors.

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Kristin Cooke Bio PicKristin Cooke is a running mother of 2 who loves Disney. She is a Database Administrator by profession and started running in 2012 to get in shape after her second baby. Running has become her social activity and stress relief.
You can read about Kristin’s races on her blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Preview of the 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Merchandise

No trip to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is complete without a shopping spree at the official runDisney merchandise booth!  Every year they come out with great new items and Princess Half Marathon Weekend always has some of my favorites.  This year is no exception…let’s check it out!

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It looks like each race has been given their own Princess this year, which can be seen on the super cool Tervis water bottle. And how cute is that “Run Princess Run” tank?!

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The Little Mermaid is the theme for this year’s race, as can be seen in some of the 5K and 10K items.  Look at Sebastian & Flounder on the hat for the Kids’ Races!

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The main event, the Princess Half Marathon, has another cute tank (there are never enough tanks in my opinion!) and what looks to be a new item of a spandex/running short combo.  I really like that they are adding more variety to the usual t-shirts and jackets.

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And for those taking on the Glass Slipper Challenge, there will be a ton of merchandise just for you.  Look at that hoodie…oh man, do I want to get my hands on that!

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And of course, no Princess Weekend would be complete without the ultimate accessory, a Disney Dooney & Bourke purse!  These new designs feature classic images of many of the Disney Princesses.

In January, New Balance released their new runDisney collection, featuring the Ariel Vazee Pace which is PERFECT for this year’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend!

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The shoes are only available at Health & Fitness Expos during runDisney event weekends. 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. **Note that the time to sign up for the virtual queue has change to the night before**  Starting on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm, runners can sign up at NBvirtualqueue.com using their bib number. Non-runners can sign up daily beginning Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 pm, pending inventory.

As a reminder the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, February 18th, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, February 19th, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 20th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Click here for details on the Expo.  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.

I’ve also put together some tips for Navigating the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo for The Mouse for Less…check it out!

What are you looking forward to getting this year?? 

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First Look at the 2016 New Balance runDisney Ariel Vazee Pace!

 

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The 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for the latest designs in the New Balance runDisney Collection!  I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak at the new collection and get a close up look at the Ariel Vazee Pace.  These shoes are SO CUTE!!!  Let’s check them out.

First, we need to give some attention to the all new packaging for the collection…I am VERY impressed! This is a box you will have trouble throwing away.

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The outside is nice, but when you open the box, there is so much more to look at then just the amazing shoes!

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There’s a little surprise UNDER the shoes…

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Those are some cute shell clips to go with the Ariel theme and a fun 2016 New Balance Guide to runDisney. More on the Guide later….let’s look at those shoes!

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The Vazee Pace is a neutral running shoe that provides lightweight support with it’s REVlite foam to keep you energized through every stride.  It was even awarded “Best Debut” by Runners World Fall Shoe Guide and named “Best in Class Light Trainer/Racer” by Triathlete Magazine.

While the shoes will get you swiftly across the finish line, it’s the detailing that will really make you fall in love with these shoes.  The colors perfectly match Ariel’s and the wave like texture gives it the perfect Under The Sea feel.

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They are even signed by The Little Mermaid herself!

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Oh and remember those clips?  How cute are they on the shoes?!

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I haven’t had a chance to take these out for a spin yet, but I tried them on and walked around a bit and they sure are comfy.

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Back to the 2016 New Balance Guide to runDisney that was included in the box.  This was a fun little addition that not only gives you more information on all of the new shoes that are being released this year, but also provides additional information about the races themselves.  There is even a 52-week journal to track your training for your upcoming races…how cool is that?!

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The Ariel Vazee Pace along with the new Dumbo Vazee Pace and the Red Carpet Mickey & Minnie 860v6s will be available starting tomorrow, January 6th at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo.  To minimize waiting in line for shoes, New Balance has created a virtual queue to let you know when it’s your turn. If you are running in any of the races over Marathon Weekend, you can sign up at www.NBVirtualQueue.com using your bib number starting Wednesday, January 6th at 6:00 am EST. Once you sign up, you will be sent a time via text/email to arrive at the Expo to get your shoes.

All other guests can sign up Thursday, January 7th, Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th starting at 6:00 am EST each day.  Be sure to visit NBvirtualqueue.com to get all the details on reserving a pair and pick-up.  These shoes are sure to be in high demand and will most likely sell out, so makes sure to set your alarms to reserve your space!

The Dumbo and Ariel Vazee Pace will be available for $124.95, while the Red Carpet Minnie and Mickey 860v6s will be available for $139.95. In addition, a kids Dumbo and Ariel 860v6 will be available for $79.95.

What do you think of the 2016 designs and the Ariel Vazee Pace?  Will you be picking up a new pair of kicks this week??

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Oh Boy! New Balance Releases runDisney Donald Duck Shoe Design

Following the release of the Tinker Bell Boracay over Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend this May, New Balance has revealed a new design for the guys that will be available at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend beginning on September 3rd.  This new design features the one and only Donald Duck in a bright blue and orange design.

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This new design features the neutral cushioning of the New Balance Fresh Foam Boracays to add some extra cushioning while logging your miles. Elements of Donald are hidden throughout the shoe, including a black tab on the heel that mimics the signature ribbon on Donald’s hat…LOVE that!  Check out some more of the fun details.

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These shoes will be available beginning on Thursday, September 3rd at the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  To minimize waiting in line for shoes, sign up for the virtual queue at NBvirtualqueue.com using your bib number starting Thursday, September 3rd, at 6:00 am PST.  Once you sign up, you will be sent a time via text/email to arrive at the Expo to get your shoes.  They same process will take place Friday and Saturday mornings, September 4th & 5th at 6:00 am PST for all non-runners.  Set your alarms!!  

These shoes and the Tinker Bell Bouracay will also be available in kids sizes, along with some of the other designs in the runDisney New Balance collection.  There’s something for everyone!

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What do you think of this new Donald Duck design?  Will you be picking up a pair next week?

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Tinker Bell Boracay New Balance runDisney Shoe Revealed!

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New Balance and runDisney have revealed a new shoe that will be available at Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, May 7-10!  The Fresh Foam Tinker Bell Boracay are a green & yellow neutral shoe with some extra cushioning to help you take flight.  This shoe is ideal for long runs or to take you past that second star to the right and straight on til morning!

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These shoes will be available beginning on Thursday, May 7th at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  To minimize waiting in line for shoes, sign up for the virtual queue at NBvirtualqueue.com using your bib number starting Thursday, May 7th, at 6:00 am (I am going to assume that is Pacific Time).  Once you sign up, you will be sent a time via text/email to arrive at the Expo to get your shoes.  They same process will take place Friday and Saturday mornings, May 8 & 9 for all non-runners.  Set your alarms!!  

If these shoes aren’t your style, all of the other shoes from the New Balance runDisney collection will be available at the Expo as well.

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What do you think of the new design?  Will you be taking flight with these new Tinker Bell shoes?

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