Written By Lisa
On the eve of registration for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in 2016, here is a recap from Lisa of this year’s race!
It is one of my bucket list items to run all of the half marathons Disney offers (though that list keeps getting longer as they keep adding more races). A couple of girlfriends and I decided to make a long weekend of it and tackle the Glass Slipper Challenge (10k race on Saturday, followed by the half marathon on Sunday). We had such a blast! We all love Disney, so we did all the parks in addition to running the races.
We arrived on the Thursday before race weekend and headed to the expo. Definitely get there early. We were lucky to be able to purchase the items we wanted, but by that evening, many of the popular items were sold out (like wine glasses and jackets).
Running Disney races in costume is something I had never done, so we all decided to pick our favorite characters to dress up as. I ran the 10k as Minnie Mouse. It was a bit chilly that morning, so the inexpensive stretchy gloves came in super handy, as did the sweatshirt I was able to throw off about a mile into the course (they collect all items of clothing thrown off to the side and donate them to charity). There were some awesome character picture opportunities on the course, too! My friends and I even got our picture with princess Minnie Mouse tweeted on the runDisney twitter account! We felt super famous.
The morning of the half marathon was much warmer (thank goodness), but that also meant humidity. It made for a more difficult finish to our race, but we were racing for fun and pictures, not so much for time. I dressed as my favorite princess, Belle!
My favorite part of Disney races is running through the castle. This year, they had Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff on the balcony in the back. They were encouraging all the runners over microphones and it made for a lot of people stopping to take selfies (myself included)!
I also loved the funny signs people set up along the course. This one was super fitting for my costume!
In the end, even though it was a little more hot and humid than my preferred running temperature (and being from the Midwest in the winter, my body was not used to that weather!), it was an unforgettable experience! Disney races really are like no other. Added bonus, you get to enjoy your choice of pretty delicious food when you are done (our choice, nachos and a frozen mojito from Mexico in Epcot). Can’t beat that in my opinion!
And let’s not forget about the bling…I added these 3 pretties to my collection. (Another tip…we carried our bibs around the parks and had princesses sign them!) All the hard work and training was definitely worth it! I highly recommend the runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend to everyone, runner or not! It was a fantastic time and I can’t wait to do it again!