Next weekend I’ll be running my third Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. I run a lot of runDisney races each year and this is by far my favorite of all of them! I’ve never been much of a girly girl, but I have always wanted to be a princess so a weekend where I can pretend I’m a princess while running through my favorite place in the world, count me in! This is definitely one of the most popular runDisney weekends and it’s one where most girls start their running journey.
The excitement of this race starts on Thursday when the expo opens. If you are determined to buy a lot of runDisney merchandise, be sure to arrive early on Thursday. The expo opens at 10am but people start lining up well before that. I try not to buy too much merchandise, so I prefer to go on Friday to miss the rush. Along with bib pickup and shopping there are also fun photo opportunities with characters and this fun one with the glass slipper!
Each year they pick a different princess as the theme of the race, this year it’s Cinderella and it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the premiere of the movie this month. They also feature different princesses for the 5K and 10K each year. They announce the princesses in advance which really helps for people that want to plan their costumes around the theme of each race. The race weekend includes a 10K and Half Marathon challenge currently called the Fairy Tale Challenge and formerly called the Glass Slipper Challenge. I may be biased, but I prefer the Glass Slipper Challenge myself.
Being that the race is held in February, the race weather varies every year. Some years it can be hot, humid Florida weather, other years it can be pretty chilly. The first time I ran this race weekend was in 2015. It might have been the coldest race weekend ever. I had left Boston where we had just received an unprecedented 7 feet of snow in a three week period hoping that I would escape the cold weather in Florida. That was not the case. I arrived at Disney on Thursday and the high that day was only 48 degrees and very windy, so the feels like temperature definitely must have been colder than that. While I was glad there was no snow on the ground, walking around Disney with temps in the 40s is just not fun. Friday morning for the 5K, it was in the low 30s with a feels like temp in the 20s, it was definitely well themed to have the 5K theme be Frozen, it was literally a Frozen 5K!
Disney loves to make you feel special, I was so excited to see that they had my name as Princess Susan on the race bib! Proof that I was a Princess for the weekend LOL
The thing that sets Princess Half Marathon weekend apart from other weekends like Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend is that the course goes through the Magic Kingdom. There truly is something magical about running down Main Street and through Cinderella’s Castle! Have you run a race during Princess Half Marathon weekend? If not, definitely put it on your bucket list, even if you aren’t a runner, the 5K is a great race to take it all in. Enjoy the rest of my photos from my past Princess weekends. Hope to see some of you there next weekend!