Skip to main content

Who Wants to RunDisney?

I’m sure many of you are already thinking, why would I want to exercise, let along run while at Disney?  The answer…because you can have a lot of fun doing it!  Disney offers an amazing program called runDisney that holds running events of various lengths throughout the year at both Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resort.  Each of these races allows runners to experience one or more theme park along the route- who could ask for better scenery as you run!


The runDisney organization currently offers 7 different events.  There is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January of every year and the Disneyland Half Marathon in late August every year both out in California.  The Tinker Bell is a women’s themed run that makes its way thru Disneyland and the City of Anaheim and is full of the color green and lots of pixie dust.  The Disneyland Half Marathon also offers runners the chance to participate in the Dumbo Double Dare by running the 10k race on Saturday and the Half Marathon race on Sunday.  

At Walt Disney World Resort, you could enjoy an evening 10 mile run through Hollywood Studios at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Mile race in October.  How about taking advantage of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in early November while you are enjoying the Food and Wine Festival?  For the whole family, there is also the Expedition Everest Challenge or the Expedition Everest Challenge Family Edition in May that is a 5k trek thru Animal Kingdom with various obstacles along the way.


Two of the most popular runDisney events occur in the winter each year at Walt Disney World.  The Disney World Marathon weekend happens every January.  For those of you crazy people…I mean avid runners out there, the Dopey Challenge may be up your alley during Marathon Weekend.  The challenge requires participants to run the 5k race on Thursday, the 10k race on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Full Marathon on Sunday- that’s 48.6 miles total!!!! The reward for that is a very unique and exclusive Dopey Challenge runner’s medal, in addition to the other 4 medals earned by completely each race.
The final and quite possibly most popular event is the annual Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend at the end of February every year.  This race brings out all of the Disney Princesses for a race full of pastel colors, tutus and tiaras.  Like the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland, the Princess Half is a women’s themed race, but that shouldn’t deter any men out there up for a challenge (and maybe with a secret crush on a Princess or 2).

In addition to offering participants the opportunity to strive for physical fitness while enjoying the amazing routes thru the various parks, runDisney also offers a training program developed by renowned trainer Jeff Galloway.  His programs are proven to take someone from running nothing at all to being able to complete a half-marathon- all while training only 3 days a week!

Each of these events provides a fun atmosphere, a chance to take a vacation to the happiest place(s) on the planet, and fun for all ages.  If you are interested in running any of these races, I highly encourage you to sign-up early as they tend to sell out quickly.  For more information on the various races, visit www.rundisney.com

So who’s joining me for the Princess Half Marathon in February?!?!?!

Stacy L.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Photo Tour and Deck Plan: Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy took its maiden voyage in 2012 and until 2022, was the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. It's the sister ship to the Disney Dream so you'll see many similarities between the two ships. The Disney Fantasy is an absolutely gorgeous ship, boasting an Art Nouveau style. The ship has 14 decks, 1,250 staterooms, is 1,115 feet in length and weighs 130,000 gross tons. We'll tour the ship starting from Deck 1 up to Deck 14, going from Aft to Forward. Let's start our photo tour! Deck 1 Deck 1 is where you'll find the Health Center. It's also where you can exit the ship to board a tender at Ports of Call that require ships to anchor offshore.  Deck 2 Deck 2 is where you'll find one of the three main dining rooms, Enchanted Garden.  The restaurant transforms throughout dinner, changing from day to night I love these booths! You can also find staterooms, a Midship Detective Agency kiosk and the Vista Gallery showcasing Disney artwork.  Deck

Universal's Volcano Bay Private Cabana Review

On a recent training in Universal Orlando Resort, agents Maci, Ashley, Aubrey and Yaritza and I rented a private cabana for the day at Universal's Volcano Bay. There are multiple locations around the park along with the option to have an upper or lower level, all of which reflect in various pricing. Agent Ashley received an email the day before informing her of where to check-in the next morning. While we were personally escorted to the cabana shortly after check in, the line at the check in location is the same as those getting towels, meaning it was not short. As expressed by an additional guest checking into a different cabana, we would have greatly appreciated a separate line, since this caused our group about a half hour wait. We're all adults and made great use of our time getting some fun pictures before the park was filled with guests, but this is important to be aware of if you are traveling with children.  We had an upper level Cabana which came with a splendid view!

The Villas at the Disneyland Hotel Review

I love staying at the Disneyland Hotel so when I got the opportunity to stay at the new Villas at the Disneyland Hotel during opening weekend, I couldn’t pass it up. Because it was opening weekend, we were greeted in the entrance way of the lobby with balloons and many photo opportunities. When we arrived, there was a mural of the Haunted Mansion. I love how the seats in the main lobby were designed like the teacups in the parks. You can check in using the Disneyland app, drop your bags with bell services and head into the parks or use the amenities why you wait until your room is ready. When your room is ready, the resort will send you a text and you can use the Disneyland app on your mobile device to unlock the room. We dropped off our bags and went straight to the parks. We received a text around 1PM that our room was ready. In the new Discovery Tower (the Villas), you'll find that the lobby is very spacious with many places to sit while you read or wait for your family. Th