As you may know, I love runDisney. It’s why I started training for my first half marathon and why I keep running to this day. Here are a few of my favorite reasons to love runDisney.
All the Reasons You Will Ever Need To Love runDisney
Today kicks off Disney’s biggest event weekend: Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. If you’ve never been and it’s a bucket list item, this might be the year you want to watch all the social media and see why it’s such a cool weekend.
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Marathon.
It’s the 5th anniversary of the Minnie 10K.
And it’s the 5th anniversary of the Dopey Challenge. Which everyone seems to be running this year.
Why do I run? Because runDisney exists.
I don’t even love running (hahahahaha- not even CLOSE), but I do love this specific niche of the running community.
It may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for reasons why I love it, here you go.
Oh, and I’m not going to use Magic or Pixie Dust once.
Not. Even. Once. (That sentence obviously doesn’t count!).
When else can you legally run through empty theme parks?
Or meet runDisney spokesperson and Olympian Jeff Galloway & his lovely wife Barbara.
ChEAR squad on Main Street: amazing experience to hear the roar of the crowd. (Need cheering locations for the marathon this weekend? Here’s a link on how to cheer the Disney World Marathon.)
Running through Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Bonding with your family through running.
Picture stops with friends.
Peggy Sue– gone, but not forgotten.
Best. Cheerleader. EVER.
Booze on the course.
Of course, there are moments when you realize you really need booze, but it’s 13.1 miles away.
Hang in there, Mikey!
And then the moment when you realize you can have booze: because it’s only 2 miles away!
Go Mikey, gooooo!
It’s an excuse to go to Walt Disney World.
Or to go to Disneyland. Oh wait… about that… (runDisney cancels Disneyland races).
Or to go on a Disney Cruise.
Or to go to Disneyland Paris.
Or even to go to Disneyland Park Hong Kong.
The people you will meet will change your life.
You’ll accomplish goals you never thought possible.
Sunrise running: you will see the sun come up since every dang race starts before dawn.
Generous pace requirements. You don’t have to be fast to runDisney.
A race distance for everyone: marathon, half, 10K, 5K and kids races.
Kids learning to love running thanks to runDisney races.
Sweet merchandise. (Ebaying later- frowned upon, but hey, it’s your money. Do you.).
Fireworks at the start.
Riding a roller coaster in the middle of your full marathon.
Wearing your medals around the parks.
Being congratulated by Cast Members and Guests alike.
Burning #AllTheCalories means #DrinkingAllTheDrinks.
There’s plenty to eat and drink on the course provided by Disney.
Water stations, Powerade, bananas, Clif bars- oh my!
And some extras can be found. Like snacks.
Donuts. Hulk hands are optional.
All the costumes!
Of course, there are group costumes.
And Epic group costumes.
You’ll appreciate the clean, REAL restrooms on the course.
Take a moment to let that sink in.
Proving all the people wrong who say Magic Kingdom and Epcot aren’t within walking distance. (Because it TOTES is!).
More men on the course than a dating service.
Speaking of love, everyone needs a place to get engaged.
So why not at a runDisney race?
Entertainment on the course includes characters, high school bands, cheerleaders, cosplayers, and the Red Hat Society. Wait, scratch that. See the Disneylandcancellationss above. Sigh.
Tons to read on the courses.
Special moments that happen on the course.
Like when your retired Marine buddy dresses up like Tinker Bell and mugs for the cameras all in the name of good, clean fun.
And when you cross that finish line of your first marathon with a ton of friends.
And a big ol’ smile on your face!
Or when you find your own cheerleaders waiting for you (with Steve Harvey).
Finding your community.
And the joy that comes with spending time with them.
And then, of course, there’s the bling.
There is nothing finer than a runDisney race medal. Or Four.
You’ll never have an experience quite like a runDisney race.
You may run a faster course; you certainly will run a less crowded one.
You may run in a more scenic locale.
But you will never be able to duplicate the magic of runDisney.
Dammit. I was sooooo close, too!
If you need to run a Disney race or experience a race weekend as a spectator, I’m your girl. I’m a Disney travel planner and I’ve got the goods: bibs, rooms, and tickets.
Shoot me an email if you are looking for a race to run.
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)