All About runDisney Races

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runDisney races are a series of running events organized by Disney, known for combining the magic of Disney parks with the thrill of long-distance running. Here’s a breakdown of what they typically entail:

  1. Locations: RunDisney races are held at various Disney theme parks and resorts around the world, including Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California and preciously (but yet to happen again since pandemic) Disneyland Paris.
  2. Race Themes: Each race typically has its own theme, often tied to a specific Disney movie, character, or event. For example, there might be a Disney Princess Half Marathon might see a different princess on each race medal for the different distances. runDisney announced a new race weekend at Disneyland Resort that is all Halloween themed.
  3. Race Distances: runDisney events offer a variety of race distances to accommodate runners of all levels. These can range from shorter races like 5Ks and 10Ks to longer distances like half marathons (13.1 miles) and marathons (26.2 miles). The full marathon only takes place once a year, in January at Walt Disney World. All other weekends have a half marathon or a 10 miler as the longest distance. Events also include challenge options where participants can run multiple races over the course of a weekend. Examples are the Dopey Challenge, which consists of the 5k, 10k half marathon and full marathon and other race weekends usually see a challenge that is the 10k and the half marathon. In order to get the challenge medal you have to register for the challenge, not just the events separately. disney world rundisney castle medallic
  4. Course Experience: One of the unique aspects of runDisney races is the opportunity to run through Disney theme parks, which are often closed to the public during the race because they take place very early in the morning. Runners get to experience the magic of running past iconic landmarks like Cinderella Castle.
  5. Entertainment and Characters: Along the race routes, runners can often find entertainment such as live music, DJs, and beloved Disney characters. These experiences add to the fun and excitement of the event. Many of the characters you can stop and take pictures with. Some will have PhotoPass photographers along the way and some won’t. The lines can get long, so be prepared for that.
  6. Costumes and Themes: Many participants embrace the spirit of the event by dressing up in costumes related to the race theme or their favorite Disney characters. It’s not uncommon to see runners in elaborate costumes adding to the festive atmosphere. If you want to run in costume, make sure it is something that is comfortable and safe to run in. runDisney also has costume rules and guidelines, so make sure you look into that.         
  7. Medals and Swag: Finishers of runDisney races receive unique medals and other commemorative items to celebrate their achievement. These medals often feature intricate designs inspired by the race theme and are prized souvenirs for participants. Finishers of the full marathon usually get marathon Mickey Mouse ears, which are a fun way to celebrate.
  8. Training and Preparation: Like any long-distance race, preparing for a runDisney event requires training and dedication. Disney provides training programs and resources to help runners prepare for their races, including tips on nutrition, hydration, and injury prevention.

Overall, runDisney races offer a one-of-a-kind experience for runners who want to combine their love of Disney with their passion for running, creating unforgettable memories and magical moments for participants of all ages and abilities.


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