Exercising is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and running is one of the easiest (read: no accessories required) ways to not only get your heart rate up but also get your steps in for the day. Running, however, takes a lot of training, dedication, and commitment.
If you’re a runner, reward yourself by attending a runDisney race!
There are lots of opportunities including 5k, 10k, half-marathons, marathons, combination challenges, and even events just for kids! runDisney weekends even offer ChEAR Squad Packages for runners’ cheering sections and Health and Fitness Expos during every race weekend. Plus, if you can’t make it to Florida, you can participate in a virtual runDisney event from anywhere within the US and even earn a medal!
Virtual runDisney events have already started, and on-property runDisney events will start soon! Let’s take a look at the dates for this season of runDisney!
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, in conjunction with Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, will be October 31 to November 3, 2019. All of the adult races are sold out, but runDisney Kids Dashes ($20) on November 2nd and runDisney Kids One Mile Run ($30) on November 3rd still have openings! Participants can register for the Post-Race Party on November 3rd for $85.
Runners’ cheering fans can get their ChEAR Squad Package now for between $55 and $85, and the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo will be held from October 31 to November 2 at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex.
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will be January 9th through the 12th in Magic Kingdom. The 5k, 10k, and Kids One Mile Run are sold out, but there are still races open! The Walt Disney World Half Marathon ($188) is scheduled for January 11th and is still open as is the Marathon ($190) on January 12th, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge ($385) on January 11 and 12, the Dopey Challenge ($590) on January 9th through 12th, and the Kids Dashes ($20) on January 11th.
Runners cruising on the Disney Cruise Line can participate in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge on January 15th at a cost of $80.
Registration for the ChEAR Squad will open soon, and anyone can attend the Health and Fitness Expo all weekend!
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend will be in late February in Magic Kingdom. The Disney Princess 5k and the Disney Princess Enchanted 10k are sold out, but the Disney Princess Half Marathon ($205) on February 23rd, Disney Fairy Tale Challenge ($350) on February 22 and 23, runDsiney Kids Dashes ($20), and the runDisney Kids One Mile Run ($30) on February 22 still have availability!
Registration for the ChEAR Squad packages will be opening soon!
Star Wars Rival Run Weekend
The Star Wars Rival Run Weekend will be held in mid-April 2020 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All of these races still have availability!
Here’s the schedule:
Star Wars Rival Run 5k: April 17 ($87)
Star Wars Rival Run 10k: April 18 ($127)
Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon: April 19 ($18)
Star Wars Rival Run Challenge: April 18 and 19 ($330)
runDisney Kessel Run Challenge (Rival Run Half and Virtual Half): April 19 ($254)
runDisney Kessel Run Challenge (Rival Run Challenge and Virtual Half): April 18 ($399)
runDisney Kids Dashes: April 18 ($20)
runDisney Kids One Mile Run: April 18 ($30)
ChEAR Squad Packages will be open soon, and the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo will be from April 16-18.
As I mentioned, you don’t have to go to Disney World to participate in a runDisney event! Disney is hosting the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon from January 1st through March 31st, 2020. Completion of virtual marathons is based on the honor system, and runners can download their completion certificates from the finishes website. Participants pay $59, and a medal will be sent to you. If you’d like to combine the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon with an on-property run, there are options for that as noted above.
Another virtual option is the runDisney Virtual Series during which new races take place every month. The runDisney Virtual 5k in June, July, and August is sold out. The runDisney Virtual Challenge was held in June.