I have mentioned a few times that I will be participating in the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend, so I thought I would write a little bit about it. I will start at the beginning for those of you who are unaware, Disney has a division called runDisney. They put on a races at both Disney World and Disney Land. The Disney Princess Half Marathon is run through Disney World on February 21st and 22nd.
In April of 2014 it came to my attention that the Disney Princess Half Marathon is the same weekend that we typically get to Florida for my fiancés conference. The only thing is that we typically get in on Sunday and if I wanted to do the Glass Slipper Challenge I would need to be there Friday. Umm, I could make that work!
My birthday is in May so I decided to ask everyone that for my birthday I wanted money to use towards my registration. So with that, it took care of two of my three concerns. I would be there anyway for the conference (my fiancés work pays for the hotel room and all I have to pay for is my airfare) and my birthday money would cover my entry costs! And my third concern was no longer an issue when registration came because I had already done a half marathon and knew that I could easily finish in under 3:30.
Okay, now the fun stuff! The Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend starts on Thursday with Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Friday there is the Disney Princess 5K, Kids Races, the expo, breakfast (you pay extra for this), & Pasta in the Park (you pay extra for this). On Saturday, the day starts with the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and then it has some of the same as Friday (Kids Races, the expo, breakfast, & Pasta in the Park). And finally on Sunday, there is the Disney Princess Half Marathon and Race Retreat (you pay extra for this). There is something for everyone and tons of fun to be had!
For me the fun will start on Friday! I will be leaving Minneapolis/St. Paul at 7:16 am CST so that I can make it to the Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo to get my race bibs and for sure buy my weight worth of fun items that I will need… I am pretty positive that it will be a VERY EXPENSIVE day but I also know it will be money well spent. I really wanted to do the Disney Princess 5K but felt I should skip it because I would have had to have gotten to Florida on Thursday and I felt that was just a little too long to be there (we typically stay until Thursday or Friday the following week).
I did splurge and get the Race Retreat for the half marathon (for The Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend it is only offered for the half marathon but on other race weekends they
have it open for different distances). The races start very early (5:30 am) and I am a nervous wreck that I will be late so I am always extrememly early so I wanted a place I could relax and
have close access to the restrooms. The Race Retreat offers that and more:
Want to enjoy the “royal treatment” during your race and add even more magic into your Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend? It’s easy with a VIP Race Retreat Package! Race Retreat is a great way for runners to prepare for their race, get pampered, and reunite with friends and family once the race is over.
· Pre-race bagels, fruit, coffee, water and PowerAde
· Temperature-controlled tent with lounges
· Private restrooms and bag check
· Padded stretching area
· Self-treatment station and First Aid Station
· Disney Character Meet and Greets
· Internet access to check live results
· Brunch with hot and cold beverages
· Changing tents
· Self-treatment station
· 10-minute massage for only $10 (subject to availability)
· Designated location to meet friends and family to celebrate your accomplishment!*
· Disney Character Meet and Greets
· 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon commemorative item
· Live video feed from the Finish Line
· Information Station
Information (In pink) courtesy of runDisney Website, The Disney Princess Half Marathon
Your Princess Half Marathon begins just outside Epcot® and continues on to Cinderella Castle
inside the Magic Kingdom® Park. Be sure to wave to the Disney Princesses who will be lining the course and cheering you on your way. After a run through Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll make your way back to Epcot® along World Drive. After a trip past Spaceship Earth and out to
World Showcase, you will complete your fairytale run with a finish line crowd cheering you down the home stretch! Information (In pink) courtesy of runDisney Website, The DisneyPrincess Half Marathon
Now how awesome does that sound! The only part I have left to figure out is how I will dress.
You will find that at the runDisney events a majority of the participants are dressed up. The extent at which people dress up varies, you will see everything from elaborate costumes to
just matching the colors to your running outfit to Disney characters. I am running out of time to decide so I need to make a decision this week! If you have any thoughts, I would love to hear them!
I am so excited! I will make sure to recap the whole weekend for you! I know that there will a ton of fitness involved in the weekend but I have not sure how I will do on healthy eating, but it’s vacation right! ;o)