All I can say is WOW! The popularity of these runDisney events continues to grow. The Glass Slipper Challenge sold out in less than 2 hours today and the Princess Half Marathon is 75% full in around 2 and a half hours. If you want to channel your inner princess (or maybe prince), click here to register right away. The Princess Half Marathon Weekend runs from February 19-22, 2015 at Walt Disney World. For more details, check out Sara’s Running at Disney Blog here. Additionally, Kim from Maker Mother Marathon Runner has some tips for registering for this event on her blog, here.
Personally, I won’t be heading off to register for this race. The reason is pretty simple…I can’t afford to go spend the money right now. What’s cool about runDisney for me is that they now have so many different themed races that I’ve got choices. As a matter of fact, this year could be the last time I run the Disneyland Half Marathon. With the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon in November and the Star Wars Half Marathon in January (much more favorable months to race in and train for), I’m no longer limited in my choices. In addition to that, the cost of flying from Los Angeles to Orlando makes my trips out East much more difficult. The very same reasons that some folks out East were upset that the Star Wars Half Marathon and the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon will happen at Disneyland is the same reason why I’ll be sitting out the Princess Half Marathon…cost.
If you’re a guy, like me, you might be thinking…why would I want to run in a Princess themed race? Well, I would say that you shouldn’t think about it that way. If you want to run in a runDisney Half Marathon or 10K or 5K race and this weekend works best for you…go for it. Just keep in mind that the merchandise and many other externals will be geared towards women. However, the race courses are not. So, the actual event itself is neither male nor female. Also, know that you won’t be the only guy there. Run, Knit, Travel, has a pretty good breakdown at the participation for this year’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend here. While the Princess Half Marathon was heavily populated by women, 7% of those that ran were indeed men. That means, if you’re a guy, you won’t be the only one out there.
Like last year, there is this special Coast to Coast medal for those that run BOTH the Princess Half Marathon AND the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Plus, there’s an extra challenge for this year…the Castaway Cay Challenge for those that think taking a Disney cruise right after the Princess Half Marathon Weekend is a fantastic idea and register to run the Castaway Cay 5K. Patty at My No Guilt Life writes about that here.
Did you miss out on the Princess Half Marathon because it sold out? Well, on August 12, 2014, you can register for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon and get in on the West Coast version of the Princess Half Marathon. So, mark your calendars. These runDisney races are selling out faster than ever!
Are you running the Princess Half Marathon? Planning on running in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon? Feel free to share your excitement in the comments below.