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Disney is a mastermind when it comes to event planning, renowned for its attention to detail and ability to create happy customers again and again. runDisney events are no different, and nothing could make this Disney fan and runner more excited! runDisney races are perfect for families! Running through a Disney park when it’s not open to the public is thrilling. Dressing up as a Disney character with thousands of other fans is incredible. Add in being active with your family, and a runDisney weekend becomes the ideal family event.
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Tons of Options
Whether you are an avid runner or a non-competitive walker, runDisney has an event for your family. If you want to finish your first 5K race with your kids, runDisney is for you. If your goal is to run a stellar half marathon, get after it while your kiddos enjoy the Disney resorts. Enjoy burning off those extra calories from Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival at the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Have a superhero in the family? Check out the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend hosted by Disneyland. Prefer Jedis? No worries, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have you covered with Star Wars themed events.
If you’re up for the ultimate challenge, take advantage of a runDisney endurance package and run more than one race in a weekend. You can run all 48.6 miles at the Walt Disney World Marathon, and receive the king of all race medals for conquering the Dopey Challenge. The avid traveler can take on the Coast to Coast Challenge by running at Walt Disney World and Disneyland within the same year. In the midst of all of these challenges, there may be nothing cuter than watching a brand new walker toddle cross the finish line of the 100-meter kids’ race to Mickey and Goofy’s cheers!
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It’s All About the Kids
In order to embrace the entire family, Disney created options for all ages. The youngest runners run wild and free at runDisney kids races, which happen at every runDisney weekend. Kids are able to run with a parent. With this added safety measure, parents have peace of mind in knowing their kids won’t be alone. Likewise, kids feel secure with parents by their sides, allowing them to concentrate on running their best and enjoying the moment. Disney kids races use the official “grown-up” finish line making them feel like true superstars. Parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles who aren’t running with the kids, can watch expectantly from the grandstands along the finish area.
Tip– There are a lot of kiddos running these races. It takes a while to get them situated and to the start line. Have the parent running with the child carry a cell phone to make contact with the family members waiting at the finish when their heat is let loose. This way no one misses the pride on the child’s face as he/she crosses the finish line.
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Princess and Fairy Power!
Disney knows that the majority of people running their races are women, and they’ve embraced women wholeheartedly with two women-centered weekends. Walt Disney World is home to the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Participants can dress up as their famous princesses, and “Let it Go” all the way to the finish line. Running skirts, bling, and tiaras are welcome. Over in California, the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Put on some wings and you’ll float through the race with ease. While both weekends honor women, men, and kiddos are always welcome. Tink’s 5K is aptly named the Neverland Family Fun Run 5K, where runners get decked out as pirates and lost boys.
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Registering for Your runDisney Event
runDisney races are quite popular. If you want your family to participate, you’ll need to do some advanced planning. The races sell out almost immediately. Be prepared to register your family the day registration opens (usually about six months before the race). Registration is available online through runDisney and Active.com. However, don’t fret too much if you aren’t able to get a coveted race bib. runDisney partners with various charity groups to raise money for non-profit organizations. You can race and benefit a worthy cause at the same time.
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