Throughout the year, thousands of runners flock to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts to experience the magic and excitement of a runDisney race. Whether you are an experienced runner or just getting started, runDisney offers amazing events for every skill level. If you’re interested in attending a runDisney race, check out our FAQ below and visit www.runDisney.com for more information.
runDisney Frequently Asked Questions (Submitted by Marge Gerwels)
1. What is runDisney?
runDisney encompasses events that revolve around running at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks. There are many events sponsored by runDisney and they vary in distance, location, and challenge.
2. Why runDisney?
Running a runDisney event will be like no other running experience you have ever had. Aside from running through various parks (yes, you usually get to run THROUGH the park!), the on-course entertainment is spectacular and a sure way to keep your mind off the miles. What is even more amazing is the spectator support runners receive along the way. Hundreds of people line the course cheering for runners. This encouragement can really give you the “boost” you need to finish the race.
3. What sort of events does runDisney offer?
RunDisney offers a variety of events for the elite distance runner to the smallest running feet. Whether you seek long distances, like a full marathon (26.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles), prefer a fun 5k run, or perhaps want to combine running with an obstacle course and scavenger hunt, runDisney is sure to have an event that suits your athletic appetite. There are even races that are just for kids up to age 13 and even a “Diaper Dash” for those tiny racers 12 months and under! Race themes vary and events are held through out the year at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
4. I’m not really a runner; can I still participate in a runDisney event?
YES! That is the great thing about runDisney events is that they are open to anyone as long as you are able to maintain the 16-minute mile pace that is required. That is about the equivalent of a speedy walk for most adults.
5. I’m a seasoned runner. How can I be placed in a starting corral with other runners like myself?
That’s easy. When you register, you will be asked if you think you will finish the race in less then 2 hours 45 minutes. If so, you will input your estimated finish time. You will need to submit proof of a recent race time to support your estimation. You will be placed in the starting corral (which will be printed on your race bib) with other runners of similar estimated finish times. If you did not list your estimated finish time when registered, or if you have a more recent, faster time, you can bring your proof of time to the Fitness Expo and your starting corral will be changed.
6. Is it really worth it to stay at a host resort during race weekend?
YES! Having stayed at both host and non-host resorts during race weekends, I can tell you that by staying at a host resort you will be making your race weekend much easier. Transportation is provided from host resorts to the fitness expo for packet pick-ups and to the start line on race day. All you need to do is get on the event bus. It can be quite challenging to arrange your own transportation on race morning. Taxis are an option, but as I discovered, not all cab drivers are familiar with the Disney resort and could potentially take you to the wrong spot. What is even worse is driving yourself as traffic is horrendous on race day and you could still be stuck in traffic when the race begins!
7. How do I know which resorts are a “host resort”?
On the runDisney website, you can access all the information regarding the specific race that interests you. If you simply click on the “travel” tab at the top of the runDisney home page you will find a list of runDisney events. By clicking on an event, you can access a list of all host resorts for that specific event.
8. Is there an age requirement for runDisney events?
That depends on the event. For the Walt Disney World Marathon and Goofy Challenge the participants must be over the age of 18. For half marathons, runners must be over the age of 14. For 5k’s there isn’t an age requirement but all runners must be able to keep the 16 min/mile pace. For the Expedition Everest Challenge participants can be as young as 9 but all runners under the age of 14 must be paired with an adult. The age requirement varies with the kids races. Keep in mind that these requirements can change at any time and it is always best to check the runDisney website prior to registration.
9. Will my family be able to see me run or cross the finish line?
Absolutely! Check your race program (given at the Expo) for spectator areas. Friends and family can sign up for runner tracking where they can “see” a runner’s progress online. Some races even have a spectator tool in which you can calculate your estimate arrival time (based on your estimated pace) to a specific location AND will calculate how much time is needed for your family to arrive at that same location. There is seating at the finish line as well, but keep in mind that is on a first come first served basis. If your family really wants to take the guesswork out of planning, they can sign up for chEAR Squad, which, based on the level you purchase, can include reserved spectator seating along the way.
10. How can I sign up?
You can visit the runDisney website and click on your event of choice. There you will see a “registration” link. Upon clicking that link, you will be taken to the registration page. There, follow the instructions given and you will quickly be on your way to a most magical experience.