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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

Hot tub

6. The Jacuzzi is Not Your Friend After my first ever Princess Half Marathon I was stoked to get back to the hotel and hop in the Jacuzzi to soothe my muscles.  You readers are likely smarter than I was and will know not to enjoy the Jacuzzi post-race.  I quickly learned that hot water and jets were not the ...

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

Bathrooms

7. Plan Restroom Breaks Call me crazy, but I never considered that stopping quickly to use the restroom during my first ever Disney half marathon would be a big deal.  I was incorrect.  The ladies’ restroom lines in The Magic Kingdom were crazy and took around ten minutes off my race time.  Plan to stop in a restroom a bit ...

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

Disney Suitcase

9. Pack Carefully Packing for a race weekend is strategic.  Forgetting things like anti chafe balm, athletic tape, and hydration essentials could be a painful and inconvenient mistake. Depending on the time of year you are running, you may be chilly at the starting line and need a jacket to keep warm until sunrise. Snag a cheap coat or pullover ...

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

walking shoes

10. Don’t Skip Training Even experienced runners need to train for Disney races.  The pacing requirements are reasonable.  However, stopping to meet characters and take photos use more time than most rookie RunDisney participants anticipate.  Be sure to adequately train for your race to ensure you can enjoy the experience.

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

runDisney

8. Have a Race Plan Even experienced runners should have a plan when racing a RunDisney event.  Train, make a pacing schedule, consider stopping for character photos and be equipped to handle the pacing requirement to ensure you are not picked up for running below the racing requirement.   Photo Credit: Disney

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

Rental Car

3. Traffic is Rough This applies to all aspects of race weekends.  My experience with race traffic specifically is with the flurry of activity on the Princess Half Marathon weekend.  Expect the Disney roadways to be more crowded than usual.  For this reason, my family always stays on the property on race weekends.  Fighting traffic and stressing about parking is ...

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

Princess Run

It does not get much more fun than a RunDisney race weekend, with the parks crowded with runners and your adrenaline pumping you feel ready to run.  Regardless of if you are running a 5k or a half marathon, Walt Disney World makes racing an incredible experience.  Brush up on this list of tips to ensure you have a great ...

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

Cinderella's Castle with Clock

1. Late Sleepers Beware Disney races start early to ensure the roadways are clear of runners before park opening.  Arriving at the start line at least an hour before the race begins is my recommendation to ensure you have time for a few photos, enjoying a snack and to get in the right mindset before walking to your start wave.  ...

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

Run Disney

2. Costumes are a Fun Option The majority of runners are costumed in some way to reflect the host princess of the race or their favorite Disney character.  Tutus, hats, wigs, and princesses dresses, you will see them all at a RunDisney race. I prefer to “Disney bound” running style to channel the color and style of my favorite character ...

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Disney World Race Weekends – 10 Things You Need To Know

All Star Movies Resort

4. Staying on the Property is Golden As always, staying at a Disney resort is fantastic during a race weekend.  Resort guests are transported to the start line by chartered race buses that run to the resort.  When the race is over, the same buses take tired runners back to their resort.  Breakfast race packs are often available for purchase ...

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