When you visit Walt Disney World for a runDisney weekend, be sure to pack a positive attitude and options for running in multiple weather conditions, because if there’s one thing true about Central Florida, the weather is a bit unpredictable. After that the biggest question… Read More »Picking the best resort for your Walt Disney World runDisney weekend
Runners planning to participate in one of runDisney’s popular runs or challenges may have to rethink their wardrobe as the company has just issued new costume and safety guidelines that are more inline with the stricter security that was implemented at Disney’s domestic theme parks… Read More »runDisney issues new costume guidelines right before Walt Disney World marathon
If you see a line of very hungry people running through Walt Disney World late Saturday night, don’t worry, you’ve stumbled upon the course of the runDisney Wine & Dine half-marathon. This year more than 20,000 runners are expected to lace up their running shoes,… Read More »Wine & Dine race feeds hungry runners to EPCOT this Saturday
What brings together, Princess Leia, an ewok, three Darth Vaders, somebody that looks like Chewbacca, and thousands of their fellow fans? How about a RunDisney event with a Star Wars theme? That’s just what was announced today for Walt Disney world on the weekend of… Read More »Walt Disney World adds Star Wars Half Marathon to 2016 runDisney lineup
Comic Book Heroes To Run at Disneyland – Avengers Themed Super Heroes Half Marathon Coming This Fall
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The annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is finally upon us, and there’s plenty of new merchandise and memorabilia to stock up on while you’re there, including t-shirts, designer bags, Vinylmation figurines, and brand new New Balance shoes.
First up are the t-shirts, which are a yearly favorite. This year’s selection will include “I Did It” tees with a course map on the back, as well as a “Coast to Coast Challenge” variety.
runDisney continues its string of sold out events when it held the Disneyland Half-Marathon this weekend at Disneyland. Jimmy Grabow, from the aptly named town of Runner Springs, CA, repeated his champion run for the second straight year with a time of 1:07:41, slightly off his record-setting pace of 1:05:29 in 2012. Ricardo Ramirez finished second with a time of 1:14:30.
The female champion, Stephanie Dinius, crossed the finish line in record fashion, capturing the women’s title with a time of 1:15:47. Rachel Booth held the previous record, 1:18:01, from the 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon. Last year’s female champion, Cindy Lynch, finished as runner-up with a time of 1:25:29.
The half marathon field of 17,500 registered runners passed through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Angel Stadium and the streets of Anaheim. Along the route, runners were greeted by cheering fans, Disney characters, music and live entertainment.
Although I personally have yet to partake in any runDisney events, I’ve been pleased to be invited to cover a few. All of them have their own quirks and styles, but there is something that unites them all and that’s the magic of running at Disney. That element turns out to be so popular, even with 7 race weekends throughout the year, runDisney can’t keep up with the demand. But that’s okay, they continue to add new opportunities to their existing races, such as broadening the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort next year by adding a 10K and a new two-race challenge.
The Princess 10K gives runners of various levels more opportunities to run through Disney theme parks and receive a specially-designed finisher medal. And runners looking for an even bigger challenge can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total) to earn the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal to go along with medals from each individual race.Read More »Princess Half-Marathon Weekend adds New Race and More Fun