New 10K Added to runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Today runDisney announced another new race added to their lineup.  The 2014 Princess Half Marathon weekend will now feature a 10K in addition to the half marathon.  In runDisney fashion, runners can also challenge themselves to run both the 10K and Princess Half Marathon to receive the “Disney Glass Slipper” challenge medal.  Finally, runners that complete both women-focused runDisney races, California’s Tinker Bell half marathon and Florida’s Princess half marathon, will receive a special edition Coast-to-Coast Medal.  Registration for the new race opens on June 11.  Continue reading for more details from runDisney’s press release.

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From runDisney’s Press Release

Building on the success of its women-focused events, runDisney is broadening the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort next year by adding a 10K and a new two-race challenge.

2013 runDisney Princess Half Marathon

Start of 2013 runDisney Princess Half Marathon, photo by Preston Mack, courtesy of runDisney ©Disney. All rights reserved.

 

The Princess 10K gives runners of various levels more opportunities to run through Disney theme parks and receive a specially-designed finisher medal.  And runners looking for an even bigger challenge can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total) to earn the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal to go along with medals from each individual race.

The Princess Half Marathon Weekend, scheduled for Feb 20-23, is one of two women-focused runDisney events.  The other is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January at Disneyland Resort in California.  Both races are among the largest women-specific running events in the country and focus on healthy active lifestyles for women and girls.  For instance, after nearly 7,500 runners ran in the inaugural Princess Half Marathon event in 2009, the popularity of the race has grown considerably with more than 26,000 registered runners for last year’s race.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Also new in 2014 is a special edition runDisney Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge Medal for runners participating in the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January and the 2014 Princess Half Marathon five weeks later at Walt Disney World.  Finishers receive the coveted medal featuring the likeness of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse with a pink overlay and lanyard.

Special runDisney Coast-to-Coast Medal

Special runDisney Coast-to-Coast Medal © Disney. All Rights Reserved

 

Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens June 11 at www.runDisney.com.  A limited number of runners will have the opportunity to register for both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at that time.  Those not securing an early registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will have a second chance when on-line registration officially opens on July 9.

Both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekends include signature runDisney events including a health and fitness expo geared towards women, kids races, a family fun run 5K, as well as featured half marathons for both weekend.

This year, runDisney has added 10K races to the Disneyland Half Marathon, Walt Disney World Marathon, and now the Princess Half Marathon weekends.  What do you think of this proliferation of 10Ks, challenges, and medals?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.  For more running adventures, family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.