RunDisney races are awesome to participate in and are inclusive of absolutely everyone. Whether you run, walk, or do a combination of the two like I often do, you will find other like minded people who are out there to have a blast and celebrate their love of Disney. Planning to participate in a runDisney race requires some careful timing and planning ahead. These tips can help you get registered and be well prepared to have a fun and exciting runDisney race weekend!
1. Be ready to register early.
If you’re even just toying with the idea of doing a runDisney race right now, check their website for the registration date and time of the race you’d like to do. Make note of it in your calendar and set a reminder. Registration is several months before the actual race date and the races sell out fast!
Be ready to sign up the minute registration opens as runDisney races are extremely popular. I set a goal to run the runDisney Dopey Challenge—the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon all run over four days at Walt Disney World. I took note of the registration date and time and made sure my calendar was clear for the minute registration opened. It was a good thing I registered immediately because the Dopey Challenge, along with most of the other races, were sold out within hours. When you register for a Half Marathon or longer distance, be prepared by knowing your qualifying Proof of Time from a recent race.
2. Have proof of time.
If you’re planning to do a runDisney Half Marathon, do a 10K or longer distance race in the months before your race. Especially if you haven’t done one within the past year or so. It will qualify you for the right corral placement for your pace and estimated finish time. At registration, Active.com will request the race name, city and state, date, race distance, and finishing time when you register so have it ready. There is also a window to submit a future race’s proof of time via e-mail to Track Shack after you register for your runDisney race. Check on runDisney.com for details.
3. Find a good training plan that you like and stick with it.
I followed runDisney Running Coach Jeff Galloway’s training plan to do the Tinker Bell Half at Disneyland. I had a great first Half Marathon experience because of it. His training plans are available for free on runDisney.com and for sale in the App Store if you’re an iPhone user.
runDisney.com for any changes or updates to their races.
Healthy Disney Family, for upcoming runDisney race and training info as well. Feel free to follow along as I train for next January’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge and February’s WDW Princess Weekend Glass Slipper Challenge.
Princess Weekend! That's SO the runDisney race weekend I want to participate in.
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