runDisney News & Updates
It has been quite an exciting few weeks in the world of runDisney. Race season officially began over Labor Day weekend with the Disneyland Half Marathon and Jimmy Gabrow set a new course record by winning the race in 1:05! Cars Land was the main focus of the weekend beginning with the Cars Land 5K Rally that finished with racers running down Route 66. Half marathoners also had the chance to run through Cars Land on their course, many through a sea of neon in the morning darkness. This was also the last chance to run in California to get the coveted Coast to Coast medal for 2012.
A few days after the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Marathon sold out. Registrations had been sitting stagnant for a while, but it looks like a ton of people caught the runDisney bug after the race. The race sold out in a short 5 months to the record number of 25,000 people running in the marathon (me included!). This is the fastest the marathon has ever sold out in it's 20 year history. I guess everyone wants that 20th anniversary medal.
Speaking of that medal, runDisney released the new designs for the Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon in August through a fun game on Facebook called The Great Medal Caper. The backstory was that Donald was very jealous that Mickey was getting a new medal for the 20th anniversary, so he stole the design and took off on a cross-country adventure. He would only give the design back if he got a new design of his own for the half marathon. As more likes were received on the page, the more would be revealed about the race and the medal. It was a great way to build up the anticipation to the big reveal. Check it out!
runDisney events are becoming increasingly popular and the races are filling fast. Here's an update on all of the upcoming Disney races:
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, September 28-29, 2012
* The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler - Sold out
* Disney Villains Hollywood Bash - 88% full
* Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run - 91% full
* runDisney Kids' Races - 83% full
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, November 9-10, 2012
* Wine & Dine Half Marathon - Sold out
* Wine & Dine Finish Line Party - 53% full
* Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K - 61% full
* runDisney Kids' Races - 59% full
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, January 10-13, 2013
* * Walt Disney World Marathon - Sold out
* Half Marathon " Sold out
* Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge " Sold out
* Disney Family Fun Run 5K - 64% full
* runDisney Kids' Races " 51% full
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, January 18-20, 2013
* Tinker Bell Half Marathon - Sold out
* Never Land Family Fun Run 5k - Sold out
* runDisney Kids' Races - 89% full
Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend, February 22-24, 2013
* Princess Half Marathon " 51% full
* Royal Family 5K
* runDisney Kids' Races
Expedition Everest Challenge, May 4, 2013
* On Sale TBD
If you're interested in any of these races, you should register soon. You can still participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon by fundraising for a various charities like Team in Training or through the Runner's World Challenge. Hope to see you at a race soon!