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.
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).
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:
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
QOTD: Thoughts on the race and the challenge? Who plans to run?
*Photos used with permission from Disney Sports