Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Aug 5, 2023
    Kim from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi again, Would it be possible to see runner and cheer them on while on Main st, and go thru castle. Then go over to see them cross finish line in Epcot?? Kim

    Welcome back, Kim!

    Thanks so much for returning to planDisney with another run-derful question about your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation. I’m so excited about the opportunity to help you plan for an unforgettable Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Spectating at a runDisney event is an exhilarating experience made even more magical when you’re able to cheer on your own participating friends and family members. My sister and I will be among those lucky runners making their way along the thrilling 13.1-mile journey in 2024, so we’re beginning to make spectating arrangements for our travel party as well!

    Kim, although course maps for the 2024 Disney Princess Half Marathon haven’t been released quite yet, in previous years, runners have made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. around mile 5. Depending on which corral your runner is in (their start time), their number of stops along the course, and their average pace, I’d estimate they’d enter Magic Kingdom Park somewhere between 5:35 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. For the half marathon, runners will cross the finish line (usually located in the EPCOT parking area) at mile 13.1, so I’d estimate your runner would finish the race between 6:30 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. I recommend chatting with your runner to get a more accurate understanding of their pace and Disney Character photo stop expectations to narrow down these windows for your planning purposes! Also, I encourage your runner to enable location sharing with you on race morning so that you can easily track their progress along the course.

    If your runner is in one of the earlier corrals and has a faster-than-average pace, I think it’ll be more challenging to see them in both Magic Kingdom Park and at the finish line, but I don’t think it’s impossible. My suggestion would be to arrive at Magic Kingdom Park well ahead of your runner, and then race to EPCOT via the EPCOT Monorail as quickly as possible after your runner passes you on Main Street, U.S.A.! If your runner is more slow-and-steady (like me!), I don’t think you’ll have any issues catching them in both locations. If possible, make a sign or bring something to catch your runner’s attention and provide them with encouragement and support. I had a friend catch me on the Walt Disney World Half Marathon course this past year with a personalized sign – it brought me to tears and gave me the strength to finish the race with a smile on my face!

    Kim, I hope you’ve found this information helpful. I’m always happy to help with any additional runDisney or general Walt Disney World Resort planning questions you may have, so please feel free to reach back out to me anytime! I truly appreciate you allowing me to help you navigate your runDisney spectating experience and wish you a memorable trip.

    Wishing you many magical miles,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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