• On Dec 31, 2021
    Kristin from GA 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, I’d love to complete a runDisney half marathon! Due to back issues, I’d have to walk rather than run. Is that allowed? How do I find when registrations open, as I’ve heard they fill up quickly? Thank you!

    Hi Kristin! Welcome back to planDisney. I am so excited you asked about my absolute events at Walt Disney World Resort, runDisney Race Weekends!

    I will give you fair warning. Once you attend a runDisney race weekend, you will be eternally hooked. I am so proud of you for setting such an amazing goal as completing a half marathon. There is no better feeling than crossing that finish line and getting to do it at Walt Disney World Resort is indescribable.

    To participate in any runDisney 10k, half marathon or marathon, you must be able to maintain a 16 minute per mile pace. Click here for On Site Policies, including pacing requirements. If this is an issue for you, I have two suggestions. First, if you want to experience a live runDisney event (and you do), try one of the 5K events.  Those are not timed and so much fun as you will often see elaborate themed costumes! Secondly, did you know, you can complete many runDisney events at home virtually and still receive amazing runDisney medals and participant shirts? Here is a link to the Virtual Princess Half Marathon still available for registration at the time I am writing this answer.

    Now for registration tips! I have become pretty good at this unscientific game. First, make sure you set up your runDisney account and it is current. Keep up to date on the runDisney website for announcements of registration dates and times. Sometimes, Disney Parks Blog or runDisney Blog sites will also announce upcoming runDisney information. A new option is to join Club runDisney for early access to registration dates and other runDisney perks. The day of registration, have your account open and ready to go.  Here is my most important inside tip, start refreshing the registration link prior to the announced time.  Often, I am put in queue minutes before the official registration opening time. Have your credit card ready to fill in and hit send! Voila, while I don't proclaim this method to full proof, it sure has worked for me in the past.

    Finally, I want you to keep an eye out and your EARs open for the announcement of registration dates for my favorite runDisney Race Weekend, Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend (this link will soon update with new dates).

    Again, congrats on your run/walk journey! Remember, a 14 minute mile is the same distance as a six minute mile.

    Every Mile is Magic,
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Hey Guys, I'm Cindy (not the one from the castle) but a simple girl from Louisiana. I'm ready to help you navigate all things Walt Disney World Resort. Especially, if you love EPCOT festivals, adult trips, girls weekend getaways and my favorite runDisney weekends. So send me your questions, I'm here to help. Learn More About Cindy

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