runDisney’s Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon September 23-25, 2016

Registration opens October 6, 2015 for the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, runDisney’s first international event. It’s no secret we at Adventures by Daddy are big fans of runDisney (even if we’re a bit critical at times). Personally, I’ve participated in runDisney events in both Florida and California. I’ve run solo, with friends, for charity and with my family. My last race was the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon and Rebel Challenge, and, without a doubt, it was the most fun I’ve had during a runDisney race. The inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon will feature a full weekend family-friendly experiences including kids race, 5K, and the headline half marathon. And for those runners who have also completed a U.S.-based runDisney event, there’s a special runDisney Castle to Château Race Challenge. Continue reading for more details from runDisney’s press release, and we’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy runDisney


From runDisney’s Press Release

The new Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend will be a three-day race weekend that includes a variety of events for runners and fans to experience the theme parks like never before when it debuts in the City of Light on September 23-25, 2016.

The inaugural race weekend in Paris will include fun kids’ races for children of all ages, a 5K course through Disneyland Paris and a scenic half-marathon course through two Disneyland Paris theme parks and the countryside villages that surround the Disney Parks.

In addition to the races, the Paris event, runDisney’s first at a Disney Park outside of the United States, will also offer several family-friendly events, including a pre-race Pasta Party the night before the half marathon where runners can “carb up’’ for the race. There will also be a runDisney Health and Fitness Expo throughout the weekend where runners pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology and attend a speaker series involving leading industry experts.

While running through the theme parks and the countryside villages, runners will have the opportunity to meet beloved Disney characters and experience legendary Disney entertainment along the course. And commemorative medals await runners at the finish line.

Race packages go on sale on October 6, 2015.

“We could not be more excited about the upcoming runDisney event,’’ said Tom Wolber, President of Euro Disney S.A.S. “It will make Disneyland Paris the world’s third Disney destination to host this successful sporting series that offers a whole new running experience for the young and young-at-heart.’’

Finally, if you complete the half marathon distance at Disneyland Paris and at the Disneyland Resort in California or a half marathon or marathon at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, in the same calendar year, then you will receive an additional medal commemorating your completion of the runDisney Castle to Château Race Challenge.

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For more information about the race weekend, visit

Schedule of Events

runDisney Health and Fitness Expo

September 23-24, 2016

runDisney Kids Races

September 24, 2016

Pasta in the Park Party

September 24, 2016

Disneyland Paris 5K

September 24, 2016

Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

September 25, 2016

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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.