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runDisney Anniversaries

Wondering when some of your favorite runDisney races began, and when they might celebrate their special anniversaries? Check out this handy guide!

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Walt Disney World Marathon – 1994 (20th anniversary was 2013)

Goofy Challenge – 2006 (10th anniversary will be 2015)

Dopey Challenge – 2014

Tinkerbell Half Marathon – 2012*

Tinkerbell 10K – 2014*


Princess Half Marathon – 2009 (5th anniversary was 2013)

Enchanted 10K – 2014

Glass Slipper Challenge (13.1 + 10K) – 2014


Expedition Everest Challenge 5K – 2008**


Disneyland Half Marathon – 2006 (10th anniversary will be 2015)

Disneyland 10K – 2013

Disneyland Double Dumbo Dare Challenge – 2013


Tower of Terror 10-Miler – 2012***


Wine and Dine Half Marathon – 2010 (5th anniversary in 2014)****

Avengers Half Marathon – 2014

*Tinkerbell Weekend will be moving to May in 2015.

** Everest Challenge has moved all over the calendar in the past! September, June and May have all been hosts of this event!

*** Inaugural Tower of Terror 10-Miler was held in late September; in 2013, the race was moved to October. Additionally, this race distance was introduced after the Tower of Terror 13K (2008 & 2009).

**** Previous Food and Wine Festival Races include: Race for the Taste 3K & 10K (2008 & 2009).

Other fun facts:

  • Did you know there used to be a Fall Challenge medal? Yes! It was a cool extra medal you could earn for running EEC + Race for the Taste 10K or the Tower of Terror 13K.
  • There are a variety of other races that have come and gone on Disney property, including a full marathon at Disneyland, triathlons at Walt Disney World, as well as a sprinkling of various 5Ks.

2014: Are YOU ready to run?

Good morning everyone! If you’re one of the tens of thousands of runners about to participate in the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, can you believe all the fun begins in JUST three days?

Posing with Daisy after the 2013 WDW Marathon.

Posing with Daisy after the 2013 WDW Marathon.

While my race weekend will consist of running the 10K, then making a quick turnaround back home, I am so very excited for everyone running every event – from the Family 5K, to those brave contenders of the Inaugural Dopey Challenge, which consists of running every event (5K, 10K, 13.1 and 26.2).

If you’re looking for last minute information and race instructions, be sure to check out the official race program. Everything, from transportation notes, to spectator viewpoints and even future race dates are within those 36 pages, so be sure to check it out – and pick up a paper copy as soon as you check into your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel as a keepsake!

Not running any of this week’s upcoming events, but hungry for your chance at an upcoming runDisney event? Whether you are a beginner, or a more novice runner looking to challenge your standing PR, or take on a multi-race challenge, Outrunning the Monorail has you covered with a new feature coming this Spring 2014, with ONLINE COACHING! Details will be posted soon, but if you are interested, or have questions, please feel free to comment here…I can’t wait to share the excitement, and accomplishment of completing a runDisney race with you.

Will I be seeing you at a runDisney race this year? Shout it out!

Running…at Disney

On my recent trip to Walt Disney World, I knew I’d be busy but thanks to some prior planning, I was able to get in my scheduled run!

Since we were staying at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa (SSR), I had some prior experience/knowledge of the general layout of the grounds. For the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in 2012, I had done a few miles after the Jingle Jungle 5K and before the half that night, so I based my mileage estimate on that.

My plan that early Monday morning was to hit the pavement a little after 6 AM, log about 4 miles (what was on my schedule) and also participate in the #runchathunt. I knew there were a few things I could capture on my run and that it’d be a blast to memorialize my run with some fun images.

When my alarm went off that morning, I literally jumped out of bed, got dressed and headed out, making sure to tuck away my room key in my back pocket. Opening the door, I was pleasantly surprised by the mild temperature, despite the darkness…I definitely wasn’t in VA anymore!

Bridge from SSR to DTD.

Bridge from SSR to DTD.

Setting out on the course, I headed down the sidewalk (we were staying in the Congress Park Section of SSR) and off to the path that leads to Downtown Disney (DTD). I hadn’t packed my running belt or Garmin, so I just held my phone in my hand and ran the Nike+ app – it was a pretty easy set up, and each time I saw something I could use in my #runchathunt, I stopped the app, snapped the pic, then started back up.



Once I reached the ‘West Side’ of DTD , I kept near the waterfront, which was well-lit and clear. The main walkway was being power washed  and I ran past a sign that told me to use exterior sidewalks. It was quiet, and still…definitely a huge contrast from the liveliness of DTD in the evening!

After passing by the Characters in Flight Balloon and Planet Hollywood, I rounded out to the sidewalk that runs alongside the sprawling parking lot. There were signs of activity – deliveries being made, landscape being attended to…it was like a small city waking up…

Soon, I was past the Pleasure Island section and passing the Marketplace. I waved good morning to each person I saw and they waved back – Disney magic – and then took the sidewalk around the bus stop back toward the resort.

Glancing down at my iPhone, I noticed I was nearing four miles at that point, but I was feeling like I could sneak in a little more. So after I made it back to my starting point, I headed back down the path I had came and decided to run the sidewalks of Hotel Blvd to the “Welcome to Walt Disney World” sign.



One thing I really loved about this run was despite the fact that it was still dark out, I never felt scared or ‘in the dark.’ Sidewalks were well-lit and due to the hour of the day, there were very low traffic. The humidity was beginning to increase, but a mild breeze was also present, which kept the run very comfortable.

Trail/Mile Marker...ahem...furlong marker.

Trail/Mile Marker…ahem…furlong marker.

After I reached the sign, it was back to SSR and that evened out an exact five miles. That run reminded me how much I love running outdoors (after a winter cooped up on the treadmill – while I do still love that training tool, nothing beats being outside!) and really energized me for the LONG day we had ahead of us!

Have you ever run on your Disney Parks vacation (other than at a race, as seen below)?

What’s your favorite place to log some miles?

Favorite place to run!

Favorite place to run! Tink Half 2013. Definitely had to sneak in this pic 😉


Planning a trip to WDW but want to avoid the treadmill? Check out THIS link for maps of designated jogging trails 🙂

T-8 days

Bucket List Item #8…

Run around the Boardwalk.

One of the cool things about Walt Disney World is that it doesn’t even have to be a race weekend to see a runner or two, logging some miles around the resort. On our last visit, we stayed at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, conveniently located nearby the Downtown Disney entertainment, dining and shopping district – in fact, it was close enough that there was pathway that you could walk, jog or run on, making a pretty even 2+ mile loop!

Now, that resort is not alone in featuring safe, paved trails for guests – check this resource for that – but I have to say, it’s easy to see what path is definitely one of the most attractive: the loop that takes you past Disney’s Boardwalk and around Crescent Lake!

You might be asking yourself at this point: wait, aren’t you running the marathon? And if so, don’t you run around here during the race? And if so, why is this included on the list? Well, my inquisitive readers – you are right! I am running the marathon and the course does in fact traverse the Yacht & Beach Club side of the lake, but here’s where I will offer a bit more explanation…

I included this bucket list experience because, let’s face it: in the time period between Sunday, January 13 and the following Sunday, January 20th, I have 42.4 miles of racing to do. That might sound like quite a bit of miles, but, truth be told, (wo)man cannot exist on race miles alone. I plan on waking at a decent time, the morning after the marathon and setting out on 1-2 miles of shake-out running to jump start my Monday before enjoying breakfast at Cape May Cafe.

I think my legs will thank me in the long run (pun intended)!

Do you run/exercise on vacation?

* What’s this countdown all about? Check this post for more details!

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