RunDisney is the perfect event for anyone wanting to try their hand at running a road race. I am going to give you my honest review of my second RunDisney event. Stick around and check out my video to get a better look at what race weekend really looks like.
I know some of you are already tuning me out because you are not “runners,” but hear me out. RunDisney events have you covered and are the perfect events if you just want to complete a race as a “one and done,” but are also great if you are up for a challenge. In full disclosure: I work full time, I have two little boys, and my husband is a marathoner. When you combine all those things you’ll realize that what I am looking for out of training is some exercise, fresh air, and 2 hours to myself where no one asks me for anything. (Parents, I see you.) Also, there is nothing quite as magical as running through the parks and stopping to see all the characters along the way. Whether you are #foodmotivated, #cocktailmotivated, or #magicmotivated RunDisney is for you!
So let’s just get the negative aspects of RunDisney out in the open and address the elephant in this post. First, You have to wake up so darn early to complete one of these races. Most of the races start around 5:30am. It takes a long time to get all the runners through the parks prior to rope drop. Another, and important negative is the cost. The half marathon in January will cost you around $188 dollars. You can save a little money and pay for a RunDisney event with a Disney gift card. Read about how to save some money on Disney gift cards here.
However, the expense of the race brings me to my first of many positives for RunDisney.
- Support – Tons of support on the course. Plenty of water and medical stops. Plenty of bathrooms and volunteers. There was free water for the runners prior to race start and, thank goodness, a Joffrey’s coffee truck!! I need my coffee!
- Expo – Lots of fun activities at the Expo. Check out my video to see a few.
- Great Medals – You will get a medal for any length race you complete. Even the kids runs. Serious medals… do it for the bling.
- Character spots – So many great spots to have your picture taken. Again, check out my video for some examples. I am a little upset my picture with Mushu was lost someplace in the PhotoPass universe.
If you are paying so much for the race, you should really take advantage of enjoying what it has to offer. Hang out at the Expo, look around, and stop to take some pictures on the run. The Wine and Dine Half Marathon I completed last week was my 11th half marathon. I finished with my worst time EVER (3 hours and 14 min) but I had the BEST time ever. I paid for a Disney race and boy did I get one!
I ran the race alone, but I met lots of great people along the run. I stopped for lots of pictures. The character lines were about 3 minutes each at the longest. (It is still a race people). I did skip about 5-6 character spots during the race. The longer I ran, the harder it was to stop; those legs start to cramp up. As long as you can keep up a 16 minute mile pace, you can RunDisney. (If you fall behind for some reason, they will pick you up and take you to the finish line.) These runs are really for everyone and a great way for any Disney fan to experience the parks in a different way.
Nothing beats the experience of running through the parks before they open. I got a little choked up as I ran through the World Showcase and Spaceship Earth came into view. If a road race is on your bucket list, consider giving RunDisney a try. (No they are not paying me to say this but I wish they would…) Have you completed a RunDisney event? Is it on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments.