Back in February we participated in our 3rd, and possibly final, runDisney race. My kids signed up for the Princes Run’s Kid Races, and they had a great time.
Not surprisingly, the race featured a Frozen theme for the 5k and Kids Races. I expected that to happen, but, had I know that Anna and Elsa would have been on the 5K medals, I think I would have signed them up to run that over the Kids Runs.
This is what the Kids Races medal looked like, and it’s cute, but Olaf is so cheesy to me. I would have liked it better if the PRINCESS races had princess medals, not goofy sidekick medals. But it’s still cute, and you can’t really plan ahead for these things, so…
You have to go to ESPN to pick up your packet, which includes race info, shirt, bib, and ears, if you ordered them. There’s usually an expo nearby selling all sorts of race goodies. Unfortunately, I had my eye on a Dooney and Burke Princess Run bag, but every single one of them had sold out the day before we ever got to Orlando. That didn’t seem to be an issue at the Marathon in January, but I guess those Princesses fly off the shelves!
There is also a meet and greet opportunity near the packet pickup where you can meet Cinderella and a specially dressed Minnie. Because they were unannounced and at ESPN, it only took 20 minutes to get through both lines (yay!).
On the day of the race I entered a Starlord (whom everyone swore was Captain Hook – come on guys, Guardians of the Galaxy should still be fresh in your minds!) into the Mickey Mile,
and a Coronation Anna in the 800 meter.
As with previous races, the bibs come with a tear away tab for the parents. You need to save this so that you can safely claim your child after the race. They have security keeping the kids in the finisher corrals so that they don’t disappear or get abducted, and people who are not running cannot enter the starting corrals, so your kids are more than reasonably safe during their time away from you.
However, unlike the other two races we participated in, this one took place in the EPCOT parking lot instead of the ESPN Wide World of Sports. I’m not really sure why they chose to do this, but I think I prefer the ESPN run area. The EPCOT location was convenient for going to EPCOT after the race, but 1/4 of the parking lot was sectioned off for the event – just seems kind of odd to me overall. Because of the way it was all set up, you really couldn’t see any vendors or giveaway booths until you were leaving the races. Which, by the time the races were finishing up, the booths were all packing up, so that kind of killed part of the fun of the event. I’m not sure who does the planning for these things, but when several hundred runners are still going through, you’d think vendors might stick around just a while longer.
They did keep the finisher photo zones in tact, though they were not well placed with the ever-rising sun. Here’s a Starlord with his banana gun:
Now, for those of you who are unaware, you CAN run with your children without having to buy an entry. It’s a KIDS race, so you aren’t officially entered and you don’t earn medals or get shirts, but Disney respects that parents may want to run with/stay near their children. In my case, I know I couldn’t keep up, so I send my oldest to run with my youngest.
And, as always, anyone who finished the race earns their medal, which is a very colorful, rubber material.
They also have the Marathon Foto people at these events. The unfortunate part is that the photos are not complimentary and not part of your Memory Maker package. They are actually quite expensive, as photos go, but you can still proof your images and decide for yourself if any are worth buying. My memory may be fuzzy, but I believe they are $15 per digital image, or $80 for all images (per runner number).
Overall, it was a cute event, but I hope to have the kids move up to 5Ks for the next time we runDisney. My camera seems to have eaten my photos of the shirt and ears for the event, but if I find them I will edit this to post them later. 🙂