Imagine running alongside the likes of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as you make your way through Walt Disney World, well this is possible with runDisney. Best of all, the event runs across three parks including Florida, California, and Paris which means you can combine the race with a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
From an Avengers themed race, to a Star Wars inspired course and a princess filled weekend, there’s a number of magical marathons to get involved with which offer kids races too! So, if you want to take part in runDisney, Holiday Hypermarket has listed some of the best races to try out.
Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, Florida
Date: 6th – 7th November 2015
This half marathon sees contenders running through the night across three parks. Beginning at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, this starlight run is as much fun as it is tough with on track Disney entertainment to help you on your way.
But don’t think it’s all over just because you’ve hit the finish line, with an exclusive finish line party at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival you can enjoy musical performances, character meet & greets, and access to over 30 international kiosks. Plus, with additional races such as Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids Races, the whole family can get involved.
Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, California
Date: 12th – 15th November 2015
Run 13.1 miles with a difference this year and take part in the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. Superheroes will come out in force as they stand on course to offer support to those taking part. Get ready, get steady, go… It’s now time to race through Disney’s multi-coloured streets as you head for victory.
And your heroic venture will be worth every stride once you hit the finish line where you’ll be presented with your very own finisher medal and will enjoy celebrations alongside your much-loved heroes. Or, if you want to further test your limits – there’s always The Infinity Gauntlet Challenge which combines the half marathon with the Captain America 10K.
Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, California
Date: 14th – 17th January 2016
May the force be with you this January as you take on the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – and with a list of races to compete in, from kid’s races to 5K, 10K, and half marathons there’s something to suit every running ability. Want to take the ultimate Jedi test? Then try the Star Wars Rebel Challenge, which combines the half marathon with the 10K, and if completed within pacing requirements you’ll be awarded with an extra special medal.
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Date: 18th – 21st February 2016
You’ll see Cinderellas, Elsas, and Belles of every age racing through Walt Disney World Florida this February as a host of Disney obsessed runners take part in the Princess Half Marathon. Although men can still take part in this race, they should be aware that women take centre stage.
This isn’t just any running event – it’s an experience you won’t forget with its magical on course surprises and Happily Ever After Party where you can enjoy live music and delicious food. But the ultimate princess test lies in the Glass Slipper Challenge. Combining both the 10K and half marathon, you’ll be awarded with a special Glass Slipper Challenge medal if your finishing time meets the pacing requirements.
Disneyland Paris Half Marathon weekend, Paris
Date: 23rd – 25th September 2016
As the newest addition to runDisney and the first event outside of the US, this is the perfect opportunity to take part in the famous marathon if you don’t fancy travelling as far as America. Disneyland Paris is spread across two parks and like all runDisney events, there are family-friendly races and a Pasta Party, which is held the night before the half marathon so runners can overdose on carbs before the big event.
Also, don’t forget to visit the Health and Fitness Expo where competitors can find the latest sportswear, running tech, and runDisney merchandise.
Looking to run Disney? Then why not combine the event with an unforgettable holiday and take a look at our amazing Florida deals.
If you like this article you might like ’10 ways to pack the gym into your holiday suitcase’