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Run Disney & What You Need to Know

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With the upcoming Princess Half Marathon coming up I thought I would dedicate today’s post to Run Disney & What you need to know! Disney World has four running opportunities throughout the year and it is on my Disney bucket list to do at least one of them!

Disney races are very popular and it can make your first time overwhelming. I hope this post answers some of your questions for Run Disney races!

Run Disney & What You Need to Know
Run Disney & What You Need to Know

The Races

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend typically runs the second weekend in January. The weekend features a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and full marathon. Prices range for these races from 87$ – 190$. The weekend also includes a kids’ dash and kids one mile run.

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The Princess Half Marathon

The Princess Half Marathon runs around the third weekend in February. The weekend features a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. The prices of these races range from 87$ to 205$. This weekend also includes a kids’ dash and a kids one mile run.

The Star Wars Rival Run

The Star Wars Rival Run runs around the third weekend in April. The weekend features a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. The prices of these races range from $107-$205. The weekend also includes a kids’ dash and a kids one mile run.

The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend runs around the first weekend in November. The weekend features a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. The prices of these races range from $89-$208. The weekend also includes a kid’s dash and a kids one mile run.

Run Disney & What You Need to Know
Run Disney & What You Need to Know

Challenges

Each race has challenges that they offer if you choose to do them. Most of the Challenges include doubling up on certain races.

Dopey Challenge

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This challenge consists of 48.6 miles in four days. It includes the 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon. The challenger receives 6 medals including a finisher medal for each race, and 2 challenge medals for completing the Dopey Challenge as well as Goofy’s Race and a half Challenge.

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This challenge includes the half marathon and marathon. The challenger receives two finisher medals and one challenge medal for completing the challenge.

Disney Castaway Cay Challenge

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This challenge includes the Walt Disney World Marathon. From there the challenger will board the Disney Cruise Line and run the Castaway Cay 5k the Monday after.

Fairy Tale Challenge

Princess Half Marathon Weekend. This challenge is 19.3 miles in two days and includes the 10k and the half marathon. The challenger receives two finisher medals and the Fairy Tale Challenge Medal for completing the challenge.

Star Wars Rival Run Challenge.

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. This challenge is 19.3 miles in two days and includes the 10k and the half marathon. The challenger receives two finisher medals and the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge Medal.

Run Disney Kessel Run Challenge

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. This challenge includes running the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon at home plus the Rival Run Half Marathon at Walt Disney World.

Run Disney Kessel Run Challenge

Star Wars Rival Weekend. This challenge includes running the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon at home plus the Rival Run Challenge at Walt Disney World.

Disney Two Course Challenge

Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend. This challenge includes the 10K and half marathon.

Run Disney & What You Need to Know
Run Disney & What You Need to Know

Extras

The chEAR Squad

The chear squad is available if you want to root on the participants of the races. The package includes a fleece blanket, cowbell, and fan. It also includes reserved viewing near Cinderella’s castle (first come, first serve), finish line seating featuring: reserved grand stand seating (first come first serve), hot and cold drinks (non-alcoholic), and designated port o lets. The half marathon package costs $70.

Runner’s Square

Runner’s Square is a royal perks package to add to your race day. The runner’s square package includes: special open-air “finish chute” location, pre-race continental breakfast, stretching green, exclusive starting line walk-out, dedicated “gear check” station and port o lets, celebratory photo moment and amenity item, and commemorative treat and beverages.

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Post Race Party

After the Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon you can enjoy a post-race party that takes place at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. The party typically runs on Sunday from 10pm-1am and your half marathon registration includes entry and your friends and family are invited to purchase party tickets to attend.

Virtual Races

Disney offers running events that you do on your own in the location of your choice. Once you register you’ll need to finish the distance in any interval or pace within the completion time frame designated for your virtual race. After, you will receive your Run Disney Virtual Race medal in the mail. You can find more information on Virtual Races here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • These races sell out ASAP. Register as soon as you can. Sometimes, you can find discounts on things for early registrations.
  • Races are non-transferrable and nonrefundable.
  • Packet pickup is at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and you can drive or take buses. Buses will transport during the expo.
  • On Race days buses start as early as 3-3:30 am if you are staying on WDW Resort Property
  • You do not need a park ticket to participate in the race as the parks are not open during race times.
  • Each race has its own pacing requirement so you must check your individual requirements. You can do so on rundisney.com
  • Walkers are welcome as long as you stay within pace. If you do not finish the race by the end time someone will come to pick you up and take you to the end.
  • Costumes are allowed but have guidelines. They cannot interfere with your safety or the safety of other runners.
  • Races are held rain or shine except in the case of lightning. The continuance of the race is at the discretion of Walt Disney World.
  • Disney transportation is only available for guests staying at a Disney Resort, Shades of Green, or WDW Swan or Dolphin.

Have you ever run a RunDisney Race? What are your experiences with them? Already racing this year? Find out what’s new at Walt Disney World in 2020 for your upcoming trip here.

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19 Replies to “Run Disney & What You Need to Know”

  1. These all look like so much fun. I had no idea WDW had marathons or runs let alone, how many with some super cute names. I want to do the princess run just because it’s called the princess run. LOL!

    1. The wine and dine sounds fun just to eat after!! But the princess one everyone goes all out with costumes and it’s so cute!! Hard choice for sure!!

  2. My family and I are huge Disney fans, but only my husband is a runner. Maybe someday we’ll have to try getting there for one of these events. Any excuse to go to Disney, really. ❤️😂 Thank you for sharing.

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