Top 10 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Tips

The runDisney princess half marathon is one of my favorite races. It’s a fun girls weekend where you get some new bling at the end. What could be better? That being said, being prepared can make or break your experience, so I am here to offer some of my best tips for running this race. Good luck!

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1. Know the course. If you plan properly, you will know where the hilly overpasses are, where you can use a “real” bathroom on the course, and where the aid stations and med tents are located. Knowing this information can help you plan your fueling and pace for the event, and make you feel more at ease on race morning. I always try to wait to use the bathroom in the Magic Kingdom, and time my fuel around the free gel station that is on the back half of the course. Know what flavors are offered (I always opt for the vanilla, it tastes like frosting!) and make sure ahead of time that it won’t upset your stomach. The overpasses that will hurt are on the back half, once being a big loop around that can be killer on your IT bands, so take it slow. There are also a couple of hills as you come into EPCOT so make sure you have enough steam left to get up them!

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2. Arrive early. Not only will you have to wait for a bus or wait in traffic in your own car, but you will have to walk a long ways to get to the starting line, and then wait some more to use the bathroom before the race. I know as it is you have to wake up at an ungodly hour just to be there on time, but plan for some extra cushion just in case. No one wants to be stressed out and rushing! Buses stop running at 4:00 am (ugh I know right?) But I always plan to be on a bus somewhere around 3:45. Sometimes there will be long lines depending on if one just left your resort or not, so don’t expect to just walk right on. When you are dropped off, you will have to walk a ways to get to the family reunion area, then you may have to stand in line to check your bag. Tip on the bathrooms: If there are long lines at the family reunions area, wait until you walk to your corral. There will be more of them outside of the corral area, and the lines usually aren’t as long. (Also better to go at the last minute instead of an hour before the start if you ask me!)

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3. Wear a costume, and wear it on a practice run. I have worn tutu’s and running skirts for all of the Princess weekend races I have participated in, and it was a BLAST. Other people recognizing your costume or cheering for your “character” is a lot of fun. However, I was careful to run around the house beforehand to see if there were any chafing issues, rubbing spots or uncomfortable things about my costume. (Fun mental picture eh?) You don’t want to be miserable for 13.1 miles in a costume that isn’t agreeing with you. TIP for tutus: Wear a running skirt underneath as opposed to shorts. that way, strands from the tutu won’t get caught in between your legs for 13.1 miles. TIP for tiaras: Get the kind with a comb attached and wear a running headband over the top of the comb to “secure” it to your head. Works like a charm!

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Tip: Did you know you can buy a runDisney magic band? I love this pink one!

 

4. Bring your camera or cell phone for pictures. There are a ton of photo opportunities before, during, and after the race, so don’t miss out! Some people put their phone in an armband or fuel belt, but I just carry mine the whole race so I can quickly snap a photo whenever I want. I have even been known to tweet and Instagram mid race! TIP: If you purchase Disney’s memory maker or are an annual passholder, you can get photos taken by photopass photographers for FREE when you download them from your My Disney experience app. Keep in mind not all characters have a professional photographer at them though, which is when your phone/camera can come in handy.

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5. Enter the correct proof of time. runDisney is cracking down on proof of time. You won’t be able to change it at the expo, and it will be checked against your race results to ensure you are in the correct corral. This is for everyone’s safety and enjoyment, and to help with overcrowding. If your time is found to be incorrect on your proof, you may be put in a back corral. Don’t risk it and lie about your time! Sign up fro a race in enough time before the cutoff for submission to get your time down to what you want. Also don’t think you will be able to just jump into another corral. Disney had volunteers at the front of every corral checking bibs and they will turn you away. I have seen people try to jump over the gates and injure themselves just to get into a better corral (For reals. Like blood and everything). Not worth it!

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6. Plan for the finish. If you have family waiting for you, tell them not to crowd the finish line area where runners exit, (it’s really hard for an exhausted runner to move through crowds of people. We just want to sit down, so please give us some space and we will love you for it!) but to meet you in the family reunion area at one of the signs with a letter on it. There are a LOT of people in a small area after the race and sometimes cell phones won’t work due to the hoards of people, so have a meeting spot planned ahead of time.

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7.) Be careful with your packing: I always pack my complete race outfit in my carry on bag, and organize things with labeled ziploc bags if needed. I never check my race day outfit on the plane, and just wear my running shoes so I know I at least have those. I also lay out everything the night before including breakfast, room key, gels, etc. so I am not fumbling around looking for a tiara or socks at 3 AM on race day. That wake up time is early, so every minute is precious! (TIP: download my FREE Princess packing list printable to make sure you don’t forget anything important!)

8.) Get some sleep: As mentioned before, that wake up time is brutal. Start preparing your body a few days in advance by trying to go to bed 15-30 minutes early every night for a few nights prior to race day. I try to be in bed by 7:00 the night before at least winding down, and asleep by 8. I know that’s tough because you want to do all the Disney things, but your body will thank you for it the next day! Not just for the early wake up, but for hanging out in the parks after the race. It’s so much fun to wear your medal around, and you don’t want to miss it because you had to take a four hour nap!

9.) Enjoy the Epxo: The expo can get a little wild and crazy, but it’s a lot of fun so be sure to stick around! Make sure you bring a copy of your signed waiver (yes they have printers there where you can get one printed out, but to save time just go ahead and bring it) and a photo ID so you can get your bib. REMINDER: you must pick up your own bib. Go get your bib first, then your shirt, then spend some time enjoying the expo. There are some great vendors, freebies, photo ops, and merchandise. runDisney merchandise will sell out, so if you have your heart set on something in particular, get there early. If you don’t care to buy anything, I suggest NOT going first thing in the morning. If you let the initial rush/crowds die down, you won’t have to fight through as many people.

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10: Have fun! I know this seems like a given, but be sure to not let the logistics of the race, any fear of the unknown, or stress about your time stop you from having fun. Remember that by even toeing the starting line, you are doing something the vast majority of the population will never do, so celebrate and enjoy! You deserve it! Congrats on getting to the runDisney Princess half weekend!

If you are interested in tracking your fitness or any health goals, be sure to get check out my free printable to help you achieve your goals!

QOTD: Did you or will you be signing up for the runDisney Princess half? What princess would you run as if you were to participate?

RELATED: Sign up for my FREE My Disney Experience and Magic Bands E-Course

*More info on the runDisney Princess half on rundisney.com

runDisney Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Information

runDisney has finally released some information about the inaugural Disneyland Paris race! The press release hit my inbox this morning, and I immediately read through it as quickly as possible.

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This new race is going to be a three day affair including a 5k, half marathon, and kids races! There will also be a pasta party, and of course a health and fitness expo packed full with speakers, information, and vendors.

The race weekend will take place September 23-25, 2016, and packages for travel can be booked beginning October 6th 2015. (It appears individual registrations will go on sale at the beginning of January, 2016).

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Based on some information on the website, it also appears there will be an all new challenge with this race! The adorable name is the “Castle to Chateau challenge”, and includes a special medal is you participate in the Disneyland Paris half as well as a half marathon at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland, in the same calendar year.

OK runDisney, you have piqued my interest yet again. How do you keep doing this to me? Now I must see the medals and want to run all the races! If I hear more information about the race I will be sure to share it with you. For now, you can see below for the official press release and calendar of events:

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The new Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend will be a three-day race weekend that includes a variety of events for runners and fans to experience the theme parks like never before when it debuts in the City of Light on Sept. 23-25, 2016.

The inaugural race weekend in Paris will include fun kids’ races for children of all ages, a 5K course through Disneyland Paris and a scenic half-marathon course through two Disneyland Paris theme parks and the countryside villages that surround the Disney Parks.

In addition to the races, the Paris event, runDisney’s first at a Disney Park outside of the United States, will also offer several family-friendly events, including a pre-race Pasta Party the night before the half marathon where runners can “carb up’’ for the race. There will also be a runDisney Health and Fitness Expo throughout the weekend where runners pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology and attend a speaker series involving leading industry experts.

While running through the theme parks and the countryside villages, runners will have the opportunity to meet beloved Disney characters and experience legendary Disney entertainment along the course. And commemorative medals await runners at the finish line.

Race packages go on sale on October 6, 2015.

“We could not be more excited about the upcoming runDisney event,’’ said Tom Wolber, President of Euro Disney S.A.S. “It will make Disneyland Paris the world’s third Disney destination to host this successful sporting series that offers a whole new running experience for the young and young-at-heart.’’

For more information about the race weekend, visit www.run.disneylandparis.com.

Schedule of Events

runDisney Health and Fitness Expo

Sept. 23-24, 2016

runDisney Kids Races

Sept. 24, 2016

Pasta in the Park Party

Sept. 24, 2016

Disneyland Paris 5K

Sept. 24, 2016

Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

Sept. 25, 2016

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QOTD: Thoughts on the race and the challenge? Who plans to run?

 

*Photos used with permission from Disney Sports

runDisney Marathon Weekend Registration 2016

Today is a big day for runDisney fans, registration for marathon weekend 2016 opens at noon EST today on runDisney.com! I sadly won’t be registering (unless I find out I have some rich great uncle I didn’t know I had), but I wish lots of pixie dust to those of you that are registering!

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Be sure you understand the above instructions!

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If you are on the fence about registering, allow me to shove you over. Marathon weekend is the first runDisney race weekend I ever participated in before runDisney even existed. I went back in 2011, 2013, and 2014 adding more distance each time (I went from the half, to the full, to goofy to dopey!) It is a blast, and I do hope to participate again in the future. Lots and lots of special memories!

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Anyway, if you have any questions about marathon weekend of any of the races I would be happy to help you. For now, please enjoy some of my old posts on the races and race weekend by visiting my runDisney page. I will link to a couple of them here for you, too. GOOD LUCK!

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Why are runDisney races so popular? An interview with Faron Kelley

Tips for running a runDisney race

5 reasons to run a runDisney race

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QOTD: Are you registering for marathon weekend? Which races?

PS- After you register, head over to the Disney Store for your “in training” shirt!

runDisney Marathon Weekend Last Minute Tips

I know many of you are traveling down to Walt Disney World this week for the runDisney marathon weekend. Congrats! I know when I was first planning for marathon weekend my first time in 2010, I had a ton of questions and wanted to soak up as many race recaps and as much information as I possibly could.

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I thought I would do my best to try and help you by putting it all in one place. I hope you have a magical week/weekend and come back with some great stories and photos!

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Tips for the Dopey Challenge

Marathon weekend packing list vlog

Tips for running a runDisney race

5 reasons to run a runDisney race

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You can find all of my marathon weekend race recaps (along with others) on my runDisney page. I hope they pump you up and get you excited for a new adventure!

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QOTD: Best runDisney tip? Anything you are looking forward to most?

5 Reasons to Run a runDisney Race

It’s no secret that I love runDisney races. My very first one was in January of 2010, and I have been hooked ever since. The great thing about these races is that now there are so many, so there is something for everyone, at many different times of the year. If you are on the fence about signing up for a race, here are just a few of the many reasons why a runDisney race may make sense for you and your family.

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5 Reasons to run a runDisney race:

1.) Vacation for family: I like to call this a “racecation”. You don’t just have to come in the night before, run, and then go home like any other race. No no, you can make a whole week of fun out of a runDisney event! Many of the events are across multiple days, and then people sometimes choose to add a few days for relaxation after the race as well. With so many resorts, parks, and other activities to choose from, there is no shortage of fun. Just don’t forget to wear your medal around the parks, you earned it!

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2.) Everyone can participate: What some people don’t realize is that a runDisney event consists of more than just a half marathon. Most of the event weekends also include kids races (all the way down to the diaper dash!), a family fun run 5k, and some even have a 10k and full marathon. So everyone from the smallest mouseketeer to grandma can join in the fun.

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3.) Characters and course entertainment: Where else can you stop along the course to snap a picture with a few princesses or the big cheese himself? Not to mention the idea of running THROUGH Cinderella castle or around the World Showcase in EPCOT? There are plenty of things to see to keep your mind busy and a smile on your face as you race to the finish line. Not to mention, there are tons of awesome spectators along the routes!

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4.) Great expo/speakers: One of my favorite parts of a runDisney race weekend would have to be the expo. So, so, so many vendors with great products for you to test out and purchase. There is also a plethora of official race merchandise, a speaker series where you can hear from some of your favorite knowledgeable runners, and not to mention those coveted New Balance running shoes.

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5.) Amazing bling: I have a lot of race medals, but my favorites generally are those I earned from completing runDisney events. The designers do such a great job of incorporating magical components, shimmering touches, and even moveable parts. I always feel so accomplished after running a race, so having a beautiful medal to commemorate my experience makes it even more worthwhile. These guys are always outdoing themselves!

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I could go on for days about why I love runDisney races and think you would too, but these are the top five that came to my mind. If you have any questions about runDisney, or want to know more about my personal experiences, I would love to hear from you or even help you plan your next trip! Email me at [email protected] so we can chat!

For more information on registering for a runDisney race, visit rundisney.com

RELATED: Sign up for my FREE My Disney Experience and Magic Bands E-Course!

QOTD: What is the main reason why you run runDisney races? Is there something that just keeps you going back for more?

runDisney Star Wars Race!

It’s official! the rumors are true! There will be a new Star Wars runDisney race weekend during the “old” Tinkerbell date slot in January of 2015! There will be a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and a challenge (10k and half) for those bling lovers.

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A lot of people have been wishing and hoping and praying this would happen, and it finally has! I know my husband, a self proclaimed Star Wars geek, is super stoked. I really like that runDisney is catering to a lot of different types of Disney fans now, with such fun themed races.

My thoughts? I am really excited for something different and hope I am able to go. If I am being honest, I hoped and thought it would be in WDW during Star Wars weekends, but we have to remember there are a lot of logistics that go into these races with the parks, public streets, etc. that runDisney has to consider. I am a little bummed for people who want to do marathon weekend and Star Wars but can’t because of the close date proximity, however, it will be great for people who want to get a quick coast to coast challenge medal in January and visit the Disneyland resort during a much cooler (temperature wise) time of year. No matter what, it is bound to be a blast and be put on extremely well as only runDisney does! They can’t schedule things for everyone at every time of year, but now with SO many races there is something for everyone which is so awesome. The runDisney fan base is growing exponentially, and I love sharing my excitement and love for the company with like minded runners. I hope to see you in Disneyland in January!

Want the official info? Check out the press release from runDisney:

Four-day race weekend is first collaboration with Lucasfilm; Aerospace company Sierra Nevada Corporation to be inaugural event’s presenting sponsor; Race registration opens June 10

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 27, 2014) – Joining forces with one of Hollywood’s most iconic brands, runDisney is creating another transportive race weekend – the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at Disneyland Resort. The intergalactic journey begins January 15 and runs through January 18, 2015.

The Star Wars event is the fourth runDisney race weekend scheduled for 2015 at Disneyland Resort, doubling the number of races held in 2013. The new race weekend offers runners a variety of race experiences for all levels, from Padawans to Jedi Masters – kids races, a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon. And for those who show an even greater strength for the Force, there will be a two-race challenge involving the 10K and the half marathon with a commemorative medal awaiting every finisher.

In addition, there will be a slew of family-friendly events throughout the weekend, including a Health and Fitness Expo and a Star Wars-themed pre-race party, plus popular Star Wars and Disney characters and other entertainment. Registration opens June 10 at www.runDisney.com.

The Star Wars event at Disneyland Resort joins the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, the recently announced Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend.

“This melding of the iconic Star Wars franchise and the runDisney brand creates an ideal race experience that will resonate with core running groups as well as attract new runners to the sport,’’ said Maribeth Bisienere, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises. “We will continue to identify opportunities to collaborate with other Disney franchises and partners to develop more unique runDisney race weekends that will appeal to an increasingly wider range of runners across the country and beyond.’’

“This is an ideal intersection of family, fitness and Star Wars fun for our global, cross-generational audience andrunDisney fans’’ said Howard Roffman, executive vice president of Franchise Management at Lucasfilm. “Star Wars is all about reaching deep within to realize your true potential and runDisney embodies that message in a very real way.”

As presenting sponsor of the race weekend, Sierra Nevada Corporation will have a presence throughout the event. Sierra Nevada Corporation, based in Sparks, Nevada, provides rapid, innovative and agile technology solutions and is best known for its Dream Chaser spacecraft, the company’s solution for providing the United States with human spaceflight capability.

“With the passion and creativity of runDisney and Lucasfilm, this race weekend is going to be out of this world, which makes it a natural fit for Sierra Nevada Corporation because we are in a race of our own to take humans into space with our Dream Chaser spacecraft program,’’ said Sierra Nevada Corporation president and chairman Eren Ozmen.

As with other new runDisney events, the inaugural Star Wars event sponsored by Sierra Nevada Corporation is expected to be an instant hit. The new Avengers race at Disneyland Resort sold out in less than two hours. In general, runDisney race weekends have regularly sold out in record time, and last year attracted more than 163,900 runners to Walt Disney World and Disneyland – a 40 percent increase over the previous year, making therunDisney series one of the largest in the nation.

The surging popularity of runDisney events has created significant economic impact on the surrounding communities. For example, in Anaheim it’s estimated that the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend drives approximately $20 million to $30million in additional economic activity locally by attracting thousands of runners to Southern California. In suburban Orlando, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which is considered to be the largest race weekend in the country, attracts more than 50,000 runners and 50,000-plus spectators, for a total attendance of more than 100,000 in Central Florida.

Be sure to keep an eye out on runDisney.com for more details!

QOTD: Thoughts on this race? A good move? Would you run it?

Tinkerbell Expo 2014

I was really excited about going to California for the runDisney Tinkerbell half marathon weekend, it was my first one! Not only that, but my mom had never been to Disneyland, ever, so I couldn’t wait to show her around. The first thing we did after check in and grabbing some lunch was head to the expo. We were staying at the Grand Californian, and mom was impressed at how convenient the expo was for those staying on property.

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Unfortunately, there was quite a long line just to get into the official merchandise area, we waited about 20 minutes or so. However, I was glad it was at least organized unlike at Dumbo back in August.

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There was a lot of official merchandise to choose from, but sadly the sizing of the shirts was way off. The “I Did It” tech shirt was very boxy and SO short compared to the Dopey I did it shirt I got not even a week before. Sizing inconsistency bums me out. I was able to get what I wanted (coffee mug, sweaty band, etc.) and my mom bought me this adorable shirt:

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I loved that lots of items said “flutter to the finish” and thought that was a very cute slogan.

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We paid for our merchandise and did a little walking around so I could visit with some friends working various booths before heading downstairs to get bibs. We headed back outside and down the ramp to packet pick up.

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Mom got her 5k bib, there were hardly any lines down here.

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We had to go back into the expo to get the t-shirt for the race, and then bib the expo farewell. We would end up coming back on Saturday to walk around some more and say hi to some friends, but it was time to go rest before our 5k the next morning!

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This being my first Tink, I have no previous expo to compare it with except the one for the Disneyland half marathon which was a nightmare. This one had a lot more volunteers, and they even had tape on the floor making little lines so you knew where to stand while you waited to go into the official merchandise area. They only let in so many at a time, which definitely helped with the flow of things. Also, there was plenty of merchandise out, we weren’t waiting for more to constantly come out like at the Disneyland half expo. They were not out of any merchandise that I am aware of (we were there about an hour after opening) and we had an overall positive experience!

QOTD: Do you buy official race merchandise at races?

Want to learn more about runDisney races? visit rundisney.com for details, dates, and runner information.

runDisney Marathon Weekend Extras

Everyone knows that runDisney is about well….running! But, did you know there are other fun events you can participate in during the race weekend?

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Let me give you a few examples for marathon weekend that is coming up in less than TWO weeks!

Race Retreat: You can be pampered by signing up for the VIP Race Retreat for before and after your runDisney event. Before the race, stay warm and dry inside a private tent where you will enjoy a pre race breakfast, coffee, water, and PowerAde. There is also a private restroom area and your own bag check. Stretch out before the race on the padded stretching area or lounge around on the comfy seating. After the race, come back to the tent to check your results on the computers, enjoy brunch with hot and cold beverages, and reunite with family and friends. There is even a changing area and a self treatment/first aid station. Have some sore muscles? Enjoy a 10 minute massage for just $10. This is especially a good idea if it’s COLD outside!

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Even more exciting is that this years VIP Race Retreat has a Mary Poppins theme! You will also receive commemorative socks and a towel, special character meet and greets, and access to a live video feed of the finish line. You must sign up for the race retreat at runDisney.com, space is very limited, so hurry! (Fees apply). I had the opportunity to go to the race retreat once before a couple years ago for the Princess half marathon and it was a great relaxing atmosphere. Recommended especially for first time racers that are a little nervous.

Pasta in the Park Party: Carb up before the race at the Pasta in the Park Party. With your ticket you will get exclusive access to EPCOT as well as a pasta buffet (and dessert!) followed by a special viewing area for Illuminations. You may also run into Minnie, Mickey, and other guests while you party the night away with a live DJ and face painter. When I attended, it was a great time for special character interaction. I got to stand and talk to Rapunzel for at least five minutes. (Rumor has it Dopey will be making a special appearance!)

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Breakfast: Are you participating in the family Fun Run 5k or the Walt Disney World 10k? You can have even more fun by purchasing a ticket for the special Monsters Inc. themed breakfast at the finish line at EPCOT. (Did you know I LOVE Monsters Inc.? This sounds so, so fun!) This event is from 7:00-9:00 am the mornings of the 5k and 10k.

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Cool Down Party: After all the magical miles have been run on Sunday, it’s time for a celebration! Head to the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney. Party with your best running friends, eat, shop, and enjoy special discounts at select stores by presenting your finishers medal. Admission is open to runners, their families, and the public.

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ChEAR Squad: If you are not running but still want to spectate the races, you can take part in one of three levels of ChEAR squad packages. More information and to sign up can be found here.

Related: Sign up for my free My Disney Experience and Magic Bands E-Course!

Want more info on runDisney races and “extra” events? Check out runDisney.com.

Disneyland Half Meet Up 2013

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the runDisney Disneyland half meet up. It was my first west coast meet up, and I was stoked to participate…as you can see by the below photo.

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I met up with some friends in the lobby (I use the term friends loosely, think Ali Vincent, Joey Fatone, and Sean Astin.)

Bloggers Meghann, Carissa and myself snagged a photo with Ali before we had to walk over to the meet up.

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On the walk over, I took advantage of the small group of us and got some photos and even a fun video of Joey. He cracks me up.

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You’re Welcome. If only I could have gotten him to twerk…

After introductions were made, we had a good form mini running “clinic” from New Balance. It was a fun way to start the morning, making sure we are all running correctly!

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Before we headed out on our run I got to see Joe from The Marathon Show. He ran the half, maybe you saw him on the course?

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Also, I finally got to meet some bloggers I have “known” for a long time online, like Monica! (With funny girl Carissa photo bombing us of course).

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Also, I finally got to hang with Linzie for a bit.

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We were split into two groups: the Galloway group and the straight run group. I headed out with the straight run group for a humid run through the parks. Having never participated in a west coast meet up, I found it really fun to run through empty Disneyland!

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I was so excited when I saw the castle with no one in front of it. Not a shot you see often.

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We ran through the castle into Fantasyland where we were greeted by Alice! We took some photos then went for a spin on the teacups.

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It was nice to have the breeze on the teacups. I underestimated the humidity, and immediately pulled my hair up and off my neck (what was I thinking?!?)

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I was a LITTLE excited.

I don’t know why but the below photo cracks me up.

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I got to hang out a lot with my buddy Cindy from runningskirts.com, and last year’s Disneyland half champ! Skirt buddies for the win!

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We picked back up on our run and headed into California Adventure park and through Cars Land which was a lot of fun.

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We stopped at one point and I didn’t realize the run was over, sad times! The Mad Hatter came out and did his best “crossing the finish line” pose for us  (He really IS mad if you are wondering!)

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As we headed over to grab some grub, I caught up with Sean Astin who is the king of funny faces.

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When it was time to take a photo with the mad hatter, he insisted we stand facing the stage. Ok, sure thing!

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We’re all mad!

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It was time to eat and get ready for the program, yum yum, I was starving.

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Cute spread

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LOVED the water!

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Since my earlier Joey photo was so dark, I had to get another and chat about the New Orleans concert I went to as a teen. Same convo from January. Maybe he remembered me? Wishful thinking I believe.

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The program began, and I was super excited to learn more from Amy Roth of ABC about the new show airing this fall: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. I am a HUGE Once Upon a Time fan, so I am interested to see this spin off. We got to watch an extended preview of the show, so fun!

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We also heard from Tara, runDisney’s nutritionist, about eating strategies: “just because you run 14 miles does NOT mean you can eat whatever you want.” Darn.

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We also heard from one of the coolest dudes around, Jeff Galloway. He is always so encouraging and gives great race day tips.

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The always inspiring Ali Vincent also took the stage and said she is running Dopey in January!

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Sean Astin also talked about running, but with his daughter. He loves making it a family affair.

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Joey Fatone broke our hearts when he said NSYNC was not getting back together. Sad. He did a little Bye Bye Bye dance for us though. More! More!

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As the reigning female champ, Cindy got up and spoke about the race last year, and how important it was for her at that point in her life.  She was also excited to run it again!

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There was also a special surprise I was not expecting: the unveiling of some new runDisney medals by Faron Kelley! If you follow me on instagram you saw my feed blow up with individual photos of each medal. So pretty! My favorite is next year’s Goofy.

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At the end of the program, we took a group photo. Can you spot me?

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We were given gift bags as we left, so generous of runDisney and some of the Disney sponsors!

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It was a fun morning, and different from the east coast meet up’s I have done. I loved getting to ride the teacups all by ourselves, and having meet and greets with some different characters was a blast. The meet up got me geared up and ready to run dumbo the following day! A huge thanks to runDisney for hosting such a fabulous event.

QOTD: Who is your favorite character from Alice in Wonderland? Do you like to ride the teacups?

Disclosure: I attended this event as media invited by runDisney, however all opinions are my own.

 

It’s Dumbo Double Dare Time!

It’s today! It’s today! Bobby and I leave for Disneyland today to run the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare!! I cannot believe it’s been a YEAR since we were there, time sure does fly.

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I am however so glad this year there is no hurricane changing our travel plans. Talk about a stressful day! This year, we have a non stop flight woo hoo!

Ok, so a few reminders about the race weekend for those following along:

-I will be posting updates via my social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

-You can track runners thanks to runDisney! Just head over to runner tracking to look up athletes.

-Need tips for the race weekend? Check out this post I wrote a couple weeks ago.

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-Not sure where to eat while in Disneyland? I wrote a post about that, too!

-Panicked because you aren’t packed yet and you leave TODAY? I have a packing vlog for you!

-I will be attending the pre race meet up on Friday morning at 6:00 PST. I will be live tweeting and instagraming during the event, be sure to follow #DisneylandHalfMeetUp so you don’t miss the fun!

Allison Sweeney of Biggest Loser and soap opera fame is running the half marathon, so if you are there, be on the lookout! I’m sure she will be at the expo, too!

-If you happen to see me at the expo or in the parks or at the race, PLEASE PLEASE say hello to me! I have had people tell me in an  email they saw me but were too scared to come say hello. Makes me so sad! I love, love, love meeting readers and fellow runners. Come talk to me!

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You can check out my recap from last year’s race to get you pumped!!

**I will be at a social media meetup open to the public on Saturday hosted by 3 of my friends. Anyone can attend! Come say hi! Here is the info: http://pavementrunner.com/dumbotweetup/

QOTD: Have you ever been to Disneyland? Are you running the race?