Are you a runner? Whether you are new to the sport or have been running for some time, if you love Disney, you should consider participating in a runDisney weekend. runDisney weekends provide unique opportunities to experience the Walt Disney World Resort. With four events to choose from throughout the year, runners can choose their most suitable race weekend.
The four runDisney events that take place in Walt Disney World are:
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, taking place in November each year
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, taking place in January each year
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, taking place in February each year
- runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend, taking place in April each year
In addition to the events in Walt Disney World, Guests can participate in two additional events. Returning to the Disneyland Resort in 2024, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will occur in January. The runDisney Virtual Series also occurs each year in June, July, and August.
If you love anything Disney princess-related, you will definitely want to participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. This runDisney weekend usually takes place in February. This year’s event runs from February 23 through February 26. While bibs are sold out for upcoming events, now is an excellent time to consider participating in the 2024 event. The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend will occur between February 22 and February 25, 2024.
So why should you take part in the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend? Here are all the things we love about this runDisney event.
Yoga in Magic Kingdom
It’s not every day you get to do yoga in a Disney theme park. However, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend features one of two yoga events that are held in Magic Kingdom throughout the year. Guests can participate in a one-hour yoga experience that an instructor leads. The experience occurs at the top of Main Street, U.S.A, in front of Cinderella Castle, beginning at 5:30 a.m. Take your time to leave Magic Kingdom Park afterward, and you may experience the sunrise in the Disney Park. You won’t want to miss this truly magical experience!
Registration for the Disney Princess Yoga opens with all other Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend events. If you wish to participate in the 2024 weekend events, general registration opens on June 20, 2023.
Run in 3 Disney Parks
It’s not every day that you get to experience the Disney theme parks with a few other Guests. Running in a runDisney race weekend allows you to experience Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in a whole new way. Iconic Walt Disney World landmarks will make running long distances easier.
All the races over the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend begin and end at EPCOT. Runners of the Disney Princess Enchanted 10k will also run through Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Disney Princess Half Marathon course guides runners through Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT.
Rare Disney Characters
Every runDisney race has on-course entertainment that runners can enjoy. Entertainment includes unique performances from Disney Cast Members, such as the Dapper Dans, Parade performers, and more. Rare Disney characters also feature to cheer runners on, provide supportive hugs, and create magical moments. Disney characters featured on the courses in previous races have included Perla Mouse, Genie, Tinker Bell and other Pixie Hollow friends, Princess Minnie Mouse, and more.
Participation in any running event is an outstanding achievement. runDisney events are perfect for new runners and experienced runners too. There’s a challenge to suit every type of runner.
The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend races include:
- Disney Princess 5k is an ideal event if you are new to running.
- Disney Princess Enchanted 10k – if you’re looking to increase the distance you can run, then a 10k is an excellent choice of race.
- Disney Princess Half Marathon – whether you’re looking to complete your first Half Marathon or want to achieve a personal best, this is an achievable challenge. If you have your sights set on the Disney Marathon one day, running a half marathon is the perfect way to begin your preparations.
- Disney Fairy Tale Challenge – are you up to running a 10k followed by a Half Marathon the next day? Take part in this challenge, and you’ll receive an additional medal to celebrate your achievement.
Medals featuring the Disney Princesses
runDisney medals are exceptional. The design of each medal is a limited edition in itself; no two runDisney event medals are the same. As part of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, each medal features one of the Disney princesses. The featured princesses differ from year to year, making the medals unique. Medals are also dated so that you can remember the year of your achievements. Race medals are included in the cost of your race bib. Runners wishing to complete the 10k and Half Marathon should purchase the Disney Fairy Tale Challenge race bib to ensure they receive the additional medal.
Each race registration also includes a race t-shirt. Race t-shirts generally feature the medal design for the race and are also dated to commemorate the year of participation.
Limited Edition Merchandise
Do you love limited-edition Disney merchandise as much as we do? Then you’ll love the unique merchandise that features at the runDisney events. The Disney Princess Marathon Weekend usually features running apparel that celebrates the Disney Princesses.
Runners will also attend the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Not only can you pick up official runDisney merchandise, but there are also plenty of stalls where other brands showcase their running gear. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to buy limited-edition items and also speak to creators.
Does the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend sound like the runDisney event for you? Ensure you secure your places in the 2024 events when general registration opens on June 20, 2023.