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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:

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 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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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?!?

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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.

2013 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Final Instructions

Princess 5th LogoFinal race instructions are now available for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon!  It’s only 11 days away princesses (and princes)!  I can’t believe this race is here again…it has been a whole year since my first half marathon!

The following are instructions for the Princess Half Marathon and include all of the information you will need about the race, transportation and other events around the weekend.

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If you are looking for information on any of the other events happening during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, you can find them here:

This year, the Health & Fitness Expo is being held at an all new location…Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  I’m actually really excited about this change of venue for the Expo.  If you’ve ever been to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for packet pick up, you’ll know that it is a serious trek to get around the facility.  I’ve never been to the Coronado Springs convention facility, but from maps I’ve seen it looks much more manageable.

Princess Expo Map

The Expo will take place on Friday, February 22nd from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 am – 6:00 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 goody bag.  The goody 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.  If you are unable to attend the expo, instructions are included on how to have someone pick-up your packet for you.

Because of the new location, it is very important to note the transportation restrictions for getting there.  There will be no parking and no Guest drop-off at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort during Expo hours. You will need to take the event transportation provided at all Walt Disney World Resorts to get to the Expo.  If you are not staying on property, you will have to park at Downtown Disney West Side and take the transportation provided from there.

Here is all of the information you will need for Race Day.

  • Host 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
    • On race day, bus service will begin at 3:00 am and runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am to ensure they make it into their corrals by the 5:00 am cut-off time.
    • 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 until 10:30 am.
  • 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 3:30 am, so you will want to try to arrive at Epcot before then.  If that isn’t possible, 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 from the parking lot and you must be in there by 5:00 am.
  • Costumes This is one of the best parts of Disney races…the costumes!  Runners get so creative and it’s so fun to see.  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 by 4:30 am prior to walking over to the start corrals.  Bags must be picked up by 10:30 am at the same location.  I checked a bag for the Princess Half Marathon last year and the process was seamless, so I wouldn’t be overly concerned by the process if you are new to runDisney events.
  • Start Corrals  The start corrals are located on Epcot Center Drive.  It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the 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.

Princess Individual Corrals

Princess Team Corrals

Princess Family Reunion Area

  • Starting Times  The following are scheduled start times for the corrals:
    • 5:30 am – Wheelchair Start
    • 5:35 am – Corral A Start
    • 5:42 am – Corral B Start
    • 5:49 am – Corral C Start
    • 5:56 am – Corral D Start
    • 6:03 am – Corral E Start
    • 6:10 am – Corral F Start
    • 6:17 am – Corral G Start
    • 6:24 am – Corral H Start
  • 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 🙂
  • Team Bibs  If you registered as a team, you will receive a second commemorative bib with your team name on it.  This should NOT be worn in place of your individual bib or your time won’t be tracked.
  • 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.
Looking for the course map?  You can find it here!  More information is also available over on the runDisney website including the Official Program for the weekend.