When you think of Disney, you think of magic and pixie dust, of fairy tales and dreams.  When you think of runDisney you think of Sparkle skirts, tutus, and costumes connecting runners to their favorite Disney characters.  The runDisney Princess Half Marathon brings together runners (men and women) of all ages, of all levels of running, to make their way from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back again as a sea aspiring royalty on their way to coronation.

runDisney Princess Half Marathon outfit | LiveDoGrow

My princess coronation outfit.

Having run other half marathons, I can honestly say that this race was unlike any other half marathon that I have ever run.  The first inkling that this would be a different experience was boarding my flight from Washington DC watching other aspiring princesses carefully maneuver around the tiaras that they had so gently packed in their carry on bags.

Since returning from my runDisney experience several people have asked, would I do it again?

The short answer is yes.

The long answer is yes.

And here is why…

More reasons  I love running the runDisney Princess Half Marathon

1. The sparkle.

I have been a long time fan of all things Team Sparkle. As opposed to being one of the few sparklers in local races, at a runDisney event, you are almost in the minority if you are not sporting some sparkle.

2. The fun.

There are races around the country that people travel to because they are known for helping runners achieve personal bests. The Princess Half marathon is probably not one of those…but it is all about fun. For new runners this is a great first half marathon because of the easy going nature of so many of the runners. For experienced runners, this race is a great chance to let go and allow yourself to laugh and smile without worrying about your pace.

3. The empowerment.

runDisney is all about empowering runners of all shapes and sizes to be healthy, strong, and active. Whether it is speakers at the meet up or during the expo, or the stories of the runners that you meet on the course, it is hard not to be inspired to push yourself. Fellow runner and friend Ki-Marie Evans shared why everyone can be a runDisney half marathon runner.

3. The setting.

From the second you make the turn on Main Street USA and see Cinderella’s Castle or when you catch your first glimpse the iconic Spaceship Earth at Epcot, you cannot help yourself from feeling re-energized. Even on a humid day (which it was this year), the Disney characters that were available for photo opps, the bands that lined the course, and the surroundings, make you almost forget how far you are running. Granted, 26,000 people is A-LOT of people…and the course stayed crowded the entire time, but all of that togetherness works during this race.

So…who else is in for a runDisney Princess Half Marathon in 2014?   You know you want to….

running a rundisney princess half marathon | LiveDoGrow

Learn more about the line up of runDisney races at runDisney.



Although this post and video is sponsored by Disney, all opinions are my own and I truly cannot wait for my next runDisney race (maybe just maybe even a full marathon??)


Written by Elena Sonnino

Elena Sonnino

Chaser of Dreams. Wellness and travel writer, former teacher, runner, hiker, foodie …and oh right, cancer survivor. Elena writes about finding everyday wellness in far-flung lands and in her own backyard in the Washington D.C. suburbs.


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