Being a lifelong Disney fan, as I’m sure most of you are, it was only natural that one day I would begin participating in runDisney races.
After a trip to Walt Disney World in 2014, where I saw thousands of happy guests celebrating with their race medals in the Parks, I decided to sign up for my first runDisney race. The idea of running through empty Disney Parks, dressing up in character-inspired outfits, and meeting characters along the way was instantly appealing! Since then, I have done multiple 10k races and Half Marathons I never thought I’d love so much. This time, I ran the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and can’t wait for the next one. There is nothing more magical and fulfilling than the runDisney experience, and if I can run (and yes, sometimes walk) 13.1 miles, so can you. I’ll admit, at first I was pretty intimidated by the mileage because I am by no means what I call a runner. But runDisney race registration opens months in advance, so you have plenty of time to train. Plus, you are entertained throughout the races with music, live entertainment, and character meet and greets, so time goes by way faster than running on a treadmill or around the track at the park. One of the best parts of a runDisney event is getting to dress up. Runners wear everything from costumes to Disney bounds; it’s really incredible what people come up with! For this Half Marathon, Leo and I were inspired by Chip and Dale’s race outfits and made hats with our initials on them like theirs.And to paint a picture for you, imagine running through an empty Disney Park (aside from your fellow runners). You don’t realize how badly you need to see the sun rise behind the castle until you see it during the race. It’s one of the most magical things you can experience as a Disney fan. The Walt Disney World Resort is home to a variety of themed races for every fan. From Princesses and Star Wars to the delicious Wine and Dine events – there is truly something for everyone! If you can’t make it to Walt Disney World for a race this year, consider signing up for one of runDisney’s Virtual Races. With a Virtual Race, you choose the time, place, and date of your run and Disney will send you your finisher medal in the mail. I’m grateful to runDisney for turning this Disney aficionado into a runner! Training for runDisney keeps me exercising all year long and connects me to other Disney fans all around the world. I hope to see all of you at the next runDisney race weekend and, as Walt Disney once said, “Keep moving forward” – towards the finish line!