Registration is OPEN for the Walt Disney World 2014 Marathon Weekend!

RunDisney!

RunDisney!

So here it comes. The biggest runDisney event of them all, the WDW Marathon Weekend. Registration is open now for this event, scheduled for January 8 to the 12, 2014. This year we’ve got no fewer than FOUR races, including the new 10K, and TWO challenges that incorporate multiple races. You have a chance to get 6 medals over these five days, and not only that, have a blast doing it!

There’s a lot of information on the runDisney website – a LOT. So much so that I thought maybe if I put some of it up here with links for more info, that might be useful. 🙂 (Not to mention, at the moment it’s a tiiiiny bit hard to access the site due to people registering…) So here we go!

First: the races!

Thursday, January 9:
The Family Fun Run 5K. Beginning at 6:15 am and running 3.1 miles through Epcot, this race is family-friendly and a great way for beginner runners to join the fun. Anyone who finishes the race gets Medal #1! Registration is $60 per participant.

Friday, January 10:
The Walt Disney World 10K! Debuting this year, Minnie Mouse is the mascot (Mouse-cot? I’m sure I’m the last person on earth to think of that pun, so I won’t repeat it) for this newest race. Starting at 5:30 am and running 6.2 miles through Epcot, all throughout World Showcase. All runners who complete the course get the Minnie medal! Registration: $95 by June 18, 2013.

Saturday, January 11:
The Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Starting at 5:30 am in Epcot, this is 13.1 miles between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, then back again. Finishers of this race receive the Donald Duck medal! Registration: $160 by June 18, 2013.

Sunday, January 12:
The Big One: the Walt Disney World Marathon, stretching 26.2 miles through all four Disney theme parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the WDW Speedway. The course starts and ends in Epcot and again, the race begins at 5:30. Those who complete it get the Mickey Mouse medal. Registration: $160 by June 18, 2013.

Other perks: all races include free event weekend transportation for anyone staying on-site at the Disney resorts, Disney character encounters, a t-shirt (5K has a unisex t-shirt, other races have tech shirts in men or women cuts), and on-course and post-race refreshments! The Marathon and Half-Marathon also include a Family Reunion area and access to the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney on Sunday evening, as well as a personalized results website, and a live runner tracking sign-up for family and friends who are there to cheer runners on!

Runners can also sign up to take the Goofy Race-and-a-Half Challenge, and run both the Half and Full Marathons back to back to receive the Goofy Medal. Registration is $340 by June 18, 2013.

And new this year is the Dopey Challenge, in which serious endurance addicts can sign up for all four races, and earn not only the medal for each race PLUS the Goofy medal, but the Dopey medal as well! I’d be feeling dopey if I were to try to manage that, but the people who do – WOW! Registration for this challenge is $495 by June 18, 2013, so it don’t come cheap, but it’s worth it!

In addition to the new race and challenge, there are a few other changes to note for the 2014 Marathon, and here’s a video about them:

To sum up: Beginning with the 2014 Marathon Weekend, RunDisney will be allowing fewer runners in the race in order to avoid overcrowding, and proof of time will be a requirement for the purposes of corral assignment. (Don’t you love that term? Corral? Sounds like horses.) There are other changes – check them out!

You can get more information about the proof of time info on the website. If you’re unable to provide proof of time, this does not disqualify you from the race, it only means that you’ll be in the last start corral.

Stuff for Kids

I used to run 5Ks, back when I had only one child and comparitively LOADS of free time. 😛 This got my daughter interested in running too, and I’m probably not the only mother with a mini-racer in the making. This is why Disney has instituted runDisney Kids Races all weekend long as well:

Every child 13 and under who participates in the runDisney Kids Races goes home a Winner with their very own Finisher Medallion! Children 13 and under are invited to participate in the runDisney Kids Races taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. Encourage your youngsters to participate and sign up for any of the Kids’ Dashes or the Mickey Mile during this fun-filled weekend. There’s even a Diaper Dash for crawlers! Space is limited.

Parents are allowed to run with their children. The event will follow a rolling start beginning with the 100m dash followed by the 200m, 400m and Diaper Dash. The One Mile will have a separate start location and time. All distances will utilize the same finish location.

The Kids races are $15 per child, and the Mickey Mile is $30 per child.

And what about food?

Disney World loves their parties. For a bit extra, you can buy tickets to a Pasta in the Park party the night before each race (running from 1/9-1/11) in Epcot.

After the 5k and 10k there is also an opportunity to get in on a full breakfast buffet which runs $39 for ages 10 and up, and $26 for ages 3-9. Most good Disney buffets are character meals and this is no exception, so bring your camera. 🙂

And Sunday, after all the races are done with, Downtown Disney is hosting the Cool Down party that is free, open to the general public and racers and their families alike!  Bring your medals for special opportunities, offers, and discounts!

Contact me if you’re interested in registering and would like to get a vacation package!  Email me at rebeccak@fairytalejourneys.com and let me know what race(s) you’d like, who you’ll be travelling with, if you want to purchase tickets for any of the parties, and anything else you think is important for me to know!

Disney Social Media: News Updates

Good morning! Here’s a weekly round-up of mostly-official, some-rumoured Disney News! I’m not affiliated with any of these blogs or companies, I’m just trying to provide a resource for all the news coming out each week. 😀

Disney World:

  • So last week, during True Love Week, WDW hosted a number of couples for
    A Celebration of Love; here are some photos from that event, which looks to have been utterly sweet.

  • The latest version of the Disney Junior Live On Stage show has opened as of 2/15 at Hollywood Studios. This version includes characters from Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First, to accompany good old Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and returning champ Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Check out official pictures here!
  • In my Limited Time Magic blog post yesterday I mentioned the Land of Oz play area in Epcot. Here’s more information and a movie. I think if my kids see this we won’t be able to avoid going to Disney.
  • Updates at the Magic Kingdom Park have inspired some great new merchandise you can purchase at the parks. I want that PUSH phone cover, and I don’t even have a smartphone. The Belle and Beast music box is lovely too – coming this summer so MAYBE I won’t miss it!
  • Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is part of Disney’s new Magic of Healthy Living initiative, and they are bringing out a campaign called TRYit, encouraging kids to eat diverse and healthy dishes. More information on the Disney Parks blog. I’m not sure how much luck they’ll have with the beet lollipop.

WDW News from non-Disney Sources:

Disneyland:

  • Also as I mentioned yesterday, from now until March 31 you can sneak preview “Oz the Great and Powerful” at Disneyland Park. In 4D. You know you want to.
  • And to help you get over to Disneyland to do that sneak preview, for a limited time you can get a 3-day park-hopper to both Disneyland parks for just $220. That’s a savings of $30 or so. This offer is only good until 2/27 (ie one week), and has to be used for a visit before March 12. (Self-promotion: If you need any help getting a very quick booking in, I actually have experience with that and can have everything done for you within a week!)
  • Back to Disney news… Here’s a list of March merchandise events at Disneyland. Some of those paintings are lovely; the Maleficent one is giving me fits. I can do without those Precious Moments dolls though. If I had one I’d be afraid I’d wake up in the middle of the night and find it staring at me from the foot of the bed. Yeesh.
  • The only reason I don’t trade Disney pins is because I’m a completist, and if I started, I’d be unable to stop. It’s a horrible sickness. Do have a look at the 2013 pins coming out though.

Food News:

  • I should probably count this as a blog update, but it’s so hard to keep from linkblogging everything that the Disney Food Blog posts that I’m going to split this up. News in the Disney Food World, so like, new menus at park restaurants, food reviews, new items, pictures, things like that. I can look at this stuff all DAY and I swear I’m putting on weight just from the pictures.
  • For those of you who follow Disney cupcakes (this is a hobby, you know), there are two new flavours reported by the Disney Food Blog. Birthday cake and pineapple rum cream cheese.

Travel Offers:

  • Via D23, there is an awesome offer for Adventures by Disney’s Backstage Magic Experience. This is a full-on tour of Hollywood and related areas in Southern California, with experiences at the Walt Disney Studios and the Jim Henson Company. Right now D23 members can get $300 off this tour if they book before March 30, for travel between now and October 18.

Terror-ific! Registration for the Tower of Terror 10-miler opens TODAY!

I know, I know – I should be kicked for that pun. 😀  But I’m just so EXCITED!

 

This is not my picture; it is property of the Walt Disney Co.

This is not my picture; it is property of the Walt Disney Co.

Registration for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Mile race at Disney World this October opens today!  It being a runDisney event there is more to do than just the Big race; there is a 5K, as well as kids races including – how cute is this – a Diaper Dash for crawling children 12 months and under.  My heart swells. 😀  (I am quite sure this Diaper Dash does not take place after dark the way the 10-mile race does.)

Registration for the Twilight Zone ToT 10-miler opening in 7 days!

Today is February 5, which means that the registration for runDisney’s “Tower of Terror 10-miler” event opens in one week – February 12!  If you’re considering a unique race on Disney property (well, okay, a race on Disney property is pretty unique to start with, but this one is not your standard run) and are looking for a shorter race than a marathon, this might be a good one to book!  This race is held in early October and involves a run through Disney’s Hollywood Studios… at night.  Dun-dun-DUNNNN!  In the past they’ve had villains “haunting” the area and made it nicely spooky for the runners!

 

The advance registration fee is a good $30 off the regular fee; if you book by March 26, the entry fee is only $135, compared to $150 if you book between March 27 and May 21, and $165 after May 21.  Disney also offers special resort and ticket rates to their runners, so you can get discounts on selected hotels on a 2-night basis.

 

In addition to the main 10-mile race, there is a “Happy Haunts” 5K for $50, two kids’ races for $10-$30, and a Villains Bash after-party!  (Now THAT is going to sell out.  Guaranteed.)  You’ve got a little bit longer to book the Villains party at a discount – it’s $54 until 5/21.  Your registration also includes commemorative pins, and 10-milers get a necklace as well.

 

Out of all the Disney races, I think this is the one I most want to do as a “What-If”.  Because honestly, my real goal is to run the Half-Marathon and I don’t know if I’d be able to do both… but ooooooh I love the thought of this one!  Even though I’m nowhere near in the right shape, I’m still SO tempted to sign up for this! 😀

 

*A quick note: The main page for this race says that registration is NOW open, but when I click that link, the registration page says it’s opening on 2/12/13.  Check back, I guess, and see if they open early?

Yeah, That’ll Always Be The Dream…

A few years ago I started running.  I did it to lose weight, and then to get fit, and then I stuck with it because I loved running.  I got up to running 30 minutes straight, about 3 miles, and ran a few 5Ks.  So I said to myself that I was going to train and I would run the WDW Half Marathon!  That was what I was going to do for my 35th birthday.  Unfortunately, then I became pregnant with my second child and I let myself fall off the running wagon, and I have yet to really get back on.  I’ll be 35 in May and well, clearly I did not run that Half Marathon this year and at this point it’s unlikely I’d be ready to run the Half in 2014, either.

But it’s still the big dream.  I love the thought of running a race not just near but through Disney World.  Not only for having the characters standing around cheering for you but just the running through the empty parks. Wow! Just the thought gives me chills!  We’ll see.  I mean there’s more than just the training, there’s the cost; there’s the whole part where I’d really like to have someone there to experience it with me, meaning more cost; there’s the… training… I feel faint…

I still love the Disney runs, though.  Well, and clearly that’s why I follow RunDisney on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/RunDisney) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/runDisney).  Right now I’m sort of nursing this thought that I might even manage to do this at some point.  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler.  A night run. In October.  I’ve heard it’s spooky as heck. 😀  Seeing as I’m kind of a nutjob for Halloween in general, this is perhaps equally as appealing as the Half Marathon, though in a different way…

This is as unspooky as the building could possibly look, back in February 2011... Best of my pics I could find. :P

This is as unspooky as the building could possibly look, back in February 2011… Best of my pics I could find. 😛

I just wonder if I’ll ever really get to do either one.  Has anyone out there run any Disney races?  Have you run the ToT race in any of its incarnations?  Any thoughts or anecdotes to share, leave them in the comments!