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!
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?!?!?!