Intro to Disney’s Princess Half Marathon

As of noon today (March 12, 2013), registration for Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2013 is officially open.  I don’t think I will be able to make it – my running budget doesn’t look like it will stretch that far – but all the chatter got me excited about planning for the race I know I’ll attend – Disney’s Princess Half Marathon 2014.

I was planning to run the 2013 Princess, but an ugly injury (more on that later) got in the way, so I deferred to 2014.  I had already done lots of research, though, and thought this blog would be a good way for me to organize what I learned and share that info with others.  We’re still months away from any releases from runDisney on 2014-specific info, but it’s a pretty safe bet that the major elements of race weekend will follow the same structure as in years past.

Let’s start with the very basics:

The Disney Princess Half Marathon is a women’s focused Half Marathon held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. In 2014, the race will be held on Sunday, February 23.

What does “women’s focused” mean?  The numbers tell the story – of the 23,866 runners who participated in the 2013 Princess Half, here’s the breakdown:

22,525 female runners; 1,341 male runners(Infographic from runDisney)

Men are welcome to run, but they cannot start in the first two corrals and are not eligible for awards (though they still receive the same finisher’s medal that female athletes receive).

But that’s just what “women’s focused” means on paper – in practice, it means that you’ll see a lot of women embracing their inner princesses at this event – costumes are encouraged and tutus are common.  By all accounts, this women’s focused race translates to a very positive atmosphere – making it an especially welcoming event for first-time half marathoners.  Many race recaps from past participants describe a strong sense of camaraderie and girl power.

The 13.1 mile course starts and ends just outside Epcot®.  Runners enter Magic Kingdom® around mile 5 and return to Epcot® for a lap around Spaceship Earth just before reaching the finish line.

Later posts will go into detail about everything you’ll need to know to prepare for the race, including information on registration, host resorts, course details, the Expo, other race weekend events, and much more.  Please let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover, and if you’re a Princess vet, I would love to hear about your experience!

For now, I’m off to bed, hoping to dream about running down Main Street USA in a tutu and tiara!

♥ & pixie dust – LV

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training for and dreaming of Disney's 2014 Princess Half Marathon
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