The Disney Princess Half Marathon – presented by Lady Footlocker – is a women's racing weekend that has families and friends flying from all over the U.S. and beyond to participate in this unique racing experience. Not only is the race located in Florida's famous Walt Disney World Resort, but it is expertly organized and directed – from pre-race planning to post-event celebrations. There are an amazing array of amenities and terrific prizes and goodies.
And you can enjoy the magic of Disney all weekend. Only at a runDisney event can you see, AND get photos taken with, Disney characters such as Prince Charming, Captain Jack Sparrow, Minnie and Mickey; and, of course, the famous Disney Princesses. Now in its third year, the Disney Princess Half Marathon competes with the best half marathons with superb organization, making it a must-run, must-experience race weekend.
The Disney Princess Half Marathon is a magical race in a magical place and perfect for women of all ages and abilities. Runners and walkers of all paces are welcome and encouraged to shoot for the stars on this enchanted course. Join your fellow princesses for a bewitching adventure that celebrates the wonderful attributes that every princess possesses: commitment, courage, determination, perseverance, and strength. Get ready to go with friends and family for a perfect getaway that is guaranteed to be a memorable vacation for all.
The top three reasons to join the 2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon:
1. Fun For All Women—every age and pace: What kid or grown-up "kid" doesn't love Walt Disney World? It's fun, there is much to see and do, and it's the most magical place on earth! Make it a girls' only trip, or a romantic and fun weekend getaway for two (however, you may kiss your Prince Charming goodbye at the start line). Run for fun or for a Personal Record – either way, you will have a blast doing so!
2. Family Friendly: Calling this race "family friendly" is the understatement of the year. Not only do you have Walt Disney World right outside of your window, but you have kids' races and activities galore. You could make it a weeklong family vacation, or bring the family for a two or three day mini-stay. Either way, the family will be able to experience their own races: on Saturday, February 26th at 7:00 a.m. there is a Royal Family 5K designed especially for Princesses and their families; then at 10:00 a.m. there will be Royal Family Kids' Races for ages 13 and under.
3. A Fairytale Come True: this race is one-of-a-kind in two major ways: firstly, it is a women's field. This is a very powerful group of female athletes; some highly competitive and some who are interested in achieving a PR; some want to stretch their goals for their first half marathon. All women are running for fitness and fun. The camaraderie will be palpable. Running in a women's event is self-affirming and esteem boosting. Imagine thousands of women joined together by the love of a sport and accomplishing all 13.1 of those miles. How inspiring is that? Additionally, there is no other race where you will be treated as the princess-runner you are! Not like this! The Disney theme is all encompassing and a very fun way to run: Disney characters everywhere, with Spaceship Earth and Cinderella's Castle as the backdrop. This is a wonderful way to experience the magic of Disney AND the power of female athletes.
A Royal Quest
The Disney Princess Half Marathon course is 13.1 miles, of course – almost as long as Rapunzel's hair! And it takes place on Sunday, February 27 promptly at 6:00 a.m. The winding course is relatively flat (it's Florida, after all), keeping mostly to small roads and paved paths within Disney's kingdom. Your Quest begins and ends at Epcot. From the start, you will head west toward World Drive, where you will then head north and move toward Magic Kingdom. You will pass many resorts and lush green landscapes. By Space Mountain, you will have hit 5 miles, and then you enjoy Cinderella's Magic Castle! By the time you run past Thunder Mountain you will have passed your 6.5 mile marker. Essentially, the course is one large loop, so once you leave Magic Kingdom, your journey takes a turn back to Epcot via Floridian Way.