NEW YORK, June 11, 2013—Registration for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend from February 20-23, 2014 opens Tuesday, June 11 at noon EST. Along with registration, runDisney has announced planned changes to the 2014 edition of the race in addition to two new race events previously announced in April. A limited number of runners will also be able to register early for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in California along with their Princess Half registration. Online registration for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon officially opens on July 9.
New to Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend for 2014 are the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K and Glass Slipper Challenge. The Glass Slipper Challenge dares runners to complete both the new 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday for a total of 19.3 miles. Runners will be able to register for both new events along with Disney’s Princess Half Marathon and the Cinderella Royal Family 5K.
The new races will be joined by efforts to help ease crowding on the courses over the weekend and improve the overall race experience, similar to planned changes for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Namely, runDisney says they will be lowering weekend capacity by 2,000 runners, mostly in the half marathon; requiring proof of time from runners anticipating finishing in 3:15 or less; adding more corrals to both allow runners of similar abilities to be grouped together and to spread out the field on the course; and not allowing any corral changes based on proof of time after December 1, 2013.
Disney has also added a special edition pink women’s focused Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge medal. Runners who complete both the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon and 2014 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon five weeks later will receive a special edition runDisney Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge medal. Instead of the standard blue lanyard, the Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse medal features a pink lanyard and pink overlay. The Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge rewards runners who complete a marathon or half-marathon at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California in the same calendar year.
In addition to the half marathon and newly announced races, Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend will have all the other events runDisney fans have grown to love, including the Cinderella Royal Family 5K, Disney’s three-day Fit For A Princess Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kids’ Races, Race Retreat, Pasta in the Park Party, and Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast after the Cinderella Royal Family 5K.
For more information or to register, visit runDisney.com
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities @ WashingtonTimes.com. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING TWTC CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.