All About runDisney Kids Races

runDisney Kids Races

My daughter has been running the runDisney Kids Races since she was 17 months old. She loves being involved and I love sharing the gift of running (and Disney) with her. I didnโ€™t really know what to expect at the first Kids Race though, so here is some information for you parents in the same boat.


1. The kids races are broken up by kids age which corresponds to the distance they will run. While each age group doesn’t take that long to run all the races, it takes long enough for the kids to get antsy, just an FYI. Maybe bring something or snack to keep them occupied. 

Kids Race Corrals



2. They donโ€™t have the whole age group run at once. They send off in waves of about 20 kids at a time.  It takes a little longer than one would think, but this way no one gets trampled because there are A LOT of kids running in each age group.

Kids race minnie skirts

3. The parents can run (and should run) with the child.

4. The medals they get are cute, but rubberized plastic. They call them “medallions”.  My daughter loves them, but I have heard some older kids complain that they arenโ€™t metal, so maybe prepare older kids for this.

Princess Kids Races

5. At Disneyland Half they hold the Kids Races down between ESPN Zone and the Disneyland Hotel. For Tinker Bell Half they are (with the exception of the first year) at the finish line area for the races which is in a parking lot near Paradise Pier Hotel. At Disney World it is usually at ESPN Wide World of Sports, except for Princess Weekend when they are in the Epcot parking  lot.

6. Your child’s race bib goes on the FRONT of their shirt.  Some parents put it on the back so the child doesn’t rip it off, BUT MarathonFoto is at the events taking pictures.  If you want professional pictures of your child’s race, make sure the bib is on the front of them.  This is how they will tag the photo and email you.  I rarely like my own race photos, but my daughter’s are always SO cute.

Disney Kids Races

7. You will print out a waiver for your child, just like yourself, to bring to the expo and pick up their race bib and t-shirt.

8.  On the child’s race bib is a tear off parent “claim tag”.  Tear this off and put it in your pocket.  They have people checking your claim tag with your child’s bib number as a safety precaution when you are exiting the finish line area.  They also have a printed list if for some reason you lose it don’t panic, you will just have to verify information.  While in the past at some races it was very loosely checked, at recent events they are very strictly checking.  I like this as a parent.  Sometimes the lines can be long to be able to get out of the finish line area, but I would rather have it that way than a child go missing.

9.  Some kids wear costumes, some kids don’t.  If you child wants to that is totally ok.  If not, they won’t be the only one.

disney kids races

10. My personal piece of advice:  If you have more than one adult, have one line up along the fence somewhere in the spectator area near the finish line while the other one runs with the child.  Have the parent waiting at the fence text the parent who is running with the child what side they are on and where.  This way the parent running can line up to near that side and the parent along the fence can get some cute pictures of your child running.  Does that make sense?  Here is an example: I run with my daughter.  My husband texts me “I am on YOUR left side as you are running to finish line between the green light post and finish line.”  I then line up on my left side instead of the right so he can get better pictures of us running.  Voila! Race photos that you don’t have to A. buy and B. wait a couple days to view.

runDisney kids races

11.  Be patient and you will have a blast. Sometimes it seems a little chaotic, but my daughter is always happy and proud at the end and that is what counts.

Have fun and I’ll see you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Jennifer LE (@runningwithpugs) | 12th Aug 14

    Little man has only done one runDisney race (because I’ve only done one, LOL), but it was great. I don’t think we’re bringing him down to marathon weekend, just because I don’t want to pull him out of school on Monday, but we will definitely get him down again for another race.

    Your little one is adorable!

  2. tabethawells | 12th Aug 14

    Great advice. Your little girl is adorable!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 13th Aug 14

      Thank you!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Audrey | 13th Aug 14

    This is perfect. My 22-month old is running his first kids race at Wine and Dine in November and then we have Star Wars in January. I’m hoping he’s ready, but there’s still a chance that he’ll rip off his bib, run in the wrong direction or in circles and/or try and climb over the barricades instead of run. Your little girl is adorable, btw!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 13th Aug 14

      So fun!!! FYI, even if he runs in circles, the opposite direction, rips off his bib or won’t run at all he won’t be the only one. It is super cute to watch all the little kids. I had a race where my daughter got freaked out by the crowd and she wouldn’t let me set her down so I ran holding her. Lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Marina Oros | 14th Aug 14

    Fellow blog hop ๐Ÿ™‚
    I didn’t sign my kids up for the kids races because I wasn’t sure what to expect and being that it’s also my first rundisney race, I didn’t want to place them in something that might be chaos lol. Your post is awesome, I certainly feel a lot better about it and will definitely sign them up next year!

  5. DoombuggyRunner | 14th Aug 14

    Greetings Fellow Blog Hopper,
    Great post on the kids races. We don’t have kids but are awesome to go watch. If you can, go check them out if you’ve never been to them. Lots of great laughs and tears!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 14th Aug 14

      Agreed! The Kids Races are super cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. snapeatrun | 14th Aug 14

    My kids will be running in the kids’ races for the first time during the Wine & Dine weekend in November. Thanks for the tips!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 14th Aug 14

      Glad I could help. If you have any questions let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Christine @ The Polka-Dotted Mouse | 14th Aug 14

    Interesting read! We don’t have kids yet, so I don’t know much about the kids races at all – didn’t even know where they were held! The medallions are so cute!! We also prefer the metal medals, so we’ve never run the 5K either, but I have to admit all the medallion designs are so fun! ๐Ÿ˜€ Great for kids!!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 14th Aug 14

      I feel like it is also one of the best deals around. Depending whether it is at Disneyland or Disney World the cost is either $15 or $20 and that includes the t-shirt, bib and medallion, plus the experience. Super fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Nerissa | 21st Aug 14

    Great post and a lot of good info. I don’t have kids but I definitely would recommend the kid races to friends who do after reading the info you shared! I like your tip about having a 2nd adult waiting at the finish and texting each other exactly where so you can get better photos. Your daughter is so cute!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 21st Aug 14

      Thank you! Even if you don’t have kids it is super cute to go watch the Kids Races sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. DIStherapy | 22nd Aug 14

    What a sensational mom you are! Not only are you instilling a healthy, lifelong habit in your beautiful daughter, but showing her how much FUN running can be. I’ve only attended 2 runDisney Kids Races,and I always come away with tears in my eyes- even if I don’t know a single child running! Thank you so much for sharing this personal look into the pure magic of these races with the blog hop Emelia!!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 22nd Aug 14

      Thank you SO much. I think the Kids Races are truly a special time for my whole family. My daughter is so proud of her medals. She even brought one to show and tell at her preschool ๐Ÿ™‚

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