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  • On Oct 10, 2014
    Leslie from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! I am considering doing a runDisney event, but have no idea where to begin. I don't understand the difference between the events. I would like either a half or 5K. I have already signed up for email notifications. Any suggestions for a 1st timer?

    Hi, Leslie! 

    I'm so excited to hear you a interested in participating in your first race event! And I can't think of a better race series to train for than runDisney.

    The difference between events is mainly theming. For example, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is a female-focused race weekend centered around the Disney Princesses, where as the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend ties into the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival happening at the time. You'll find each race has its own unique feel and focus. 

    In addition to theming, each race weekend offers different distances available for you to run; including:

    5K (3.1 miles)
    10K (6.2 miles)
    Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
    Marathon (26.2 miles) 
    And a few Race Challenges

    The first step in getting started is to pick the distance you'd like to run. Next, pick your race by looking at the current calendar of runDisney events. With so many races to choose from at both Disney Parks locations, there's sure to be a race that fits into your schedule. Then.... it's time to get training! I also highly recommend utilizing the run/walk/run method created by the official runDisney Training Consultant, Jeff Galloway. This way of running has proven to be exceptionally effective at preventing injury and allowing you to run farther than you thought possible. 

    These are the first steps in beginning your running journey, Leslie! I also know you'll have many more questions along the way, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me! I am here to help.

    Happy Running!

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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