Although Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Wee kend focuses on Sunday’s 13.1 mile race, there is a another opportunity for those looking to get involved in the excitement on Saturday – the family 5K!
Whether participants are using the 3.1 miles as their first race, a family event or their warm up for the half marathon, every runDisney 5K is sure to pack magic into every mile! I’ve personally participated in two different 5K events: the Jingle Jungle 5K (as part of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend) and the Neverland 5K (component of Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend) and so I was stoked to learn that one of my pals Morgan would be running in the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, so here’s her take on that special morning:
I’ve not been a member of the runDisney community for long, so when Outrunning the Monorail asked me to cover the Princess Half Marathon Royal Family 5k, I was ecstatic. The opportunity to spectate a race was a fun one for me, and it really charged me up for the Princess Half the next day. In my opinion, there’s nothing like a runDisney race atmosphere and the 5k didn’t fall short of expectations. So many kids out so early! Smiling even! The usual runDisney DJ was there too, with some amped up music. Because there’s nothing like a pre-dawn Thriller Flash Mob to start your day off right.
The course for the Royal Family 5k is a fun one, a 3.1 mile loop through Epcot and the park’s World Showcase. It’s a wide path that takes you past some of the world’s most gorgeous “countries” and I’m betting it’s pretty fantastic in the morning. Because of the distance and the setting, this is the perfect race to start running Disney with if you haven’t before, and a great sort of “coming home” race to warm up for events later in a race weekend if you’re a veteran. With character photo stops about every half mile, it’s a sprint between pictures for some, but it was really inspiring to see young kids running with their families to really be runners.
The 5k is an untimed fun run, which really seems to bump the happy atmosphere. I did notice that a lot of the spectators weren’t cheering on all the runners and hope that takes a turn toward lots of cheering in the future. It’s so motivating to be cheered on! With Mickey and Minnie at the finish line and a super-fun mouse “medal” for finishing, the Royal Family 5k is a great race that I myself might sign up for next time around. Whether you’re just starting out or lacing up your shoes for the ten-thousandth time, I hope to see you there!
Wow, doesn’t that sound like a blast? Whenever your travel plans allow, I would definitely recommend adding a 5K fun run into your runDisney racecation! Thanks, Morgan!
Are there any runDisney 5K’s on your future racing schedules?
TIP: Each ‘big’ runDisney event has an associated 5K – although the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend‘s 5K is already sold out, you can register today for Tower of Terror 10 Miler Weekend‘s Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run in October or the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend‘s Jingle Jungle 5K in November…and don’t forget the Expedition Everest 5K (sold out for 2013, but held in early May).