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
Ahhh! I want to go!
I have a feeling it will be *slightly* out of my price range
My daughter,sister and myself are planning to do this. We want to combined a vacation in Paris with the run. Please keep any info coming on this. So fun!!!
Sounds like suc a fun trip!
I need to get a second (and now third) job to support my runDisney wish list!
I would LOVE to run this! At this point I need to win the lottery to pay for all the runDisney races I want to do!
Becky Allen @ Connect The Dots Ginger says
Yeah, I am totally interested in this too! Time to start saving up my pennies! I can’t wait to see the medals for this!
I know I bet they are so pretty!
This sounds and looks amazing! 🙂
I’m sure this’ll be an amazing experience for a race!
Disney does the best job with their runs! I’d love to do a relay team or 10k through them one day.
They are so fun.
Will you be booking people for this race?
I will not have race registrations
Thank you for this information. I could not find a timetable anywhere else.
I am in the UK and have wanted to do Run Disney for years but it is way out of my price range so I am ridiculously excited something affordable has come up.
I’m so glad to found this, you have way more info than the official site. I was hoping they would have a 5k, but I couldn’t find that info. I might be ready for a Half by Sept next year, but….I am so doing this!! Paris was a bucket list to do. Paris Disney has recently bee added to my bucket list. AND I just started jogging in May, so a Disney run is on my bucket list now too! Prefect combo!
So glad I could help!
Yay! I’m from Belgium (above France 😉 ) and want to go to WDW so badly. Have read a lot about the runDisney races there and I’m so happy it’s coming over here. I only hoped for a 10K since I’m just starting to run and half a marathon is a looong way. But I’ve started a schedule for 10K a few days ago, so hopefully if this goes well, then afterwards may follow a half marathon schedule.
good luck to you!