The Non-Princess Guide to runDisney Races

I have a confession. Not once in my life, have I ever dreamed of being a Disney princess.

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Now, I realize many girls have. They love to dress up like the princesses. They love meeting the princesses in the parks. Good for them!

Me? I would rather meet one of the Avengers or Han Solo.


Go to any runDisney race and the Disney princesses are definitely prominent. So how do you run a Disney race when princesses really aren’t your thing? Here are a few of my tips!

Choosing your Race Weekend

Every runDisney race weekend has a theme, so you have plenty of options to choose from! A fan of super heroes? Sign up for the Avengers Half Marathon Weekend. Want to take on some obstacles? Take on the Expedition Everest Challenge. Think a night race would be fun? Choose between the Tower of Terror 10-Miler or Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

But sometimes, dates can’t be changed – which means you may end up running the Princess Half Marathon. That’s right – surrounded by princesses! However, have no fear! Even though the weekend is full of pink, tiaras and royalty, you can take it on in a different way. After all, the non-princess character stops will probably have shorter lines!


Deciding What to Wear

Sure, creating a costume that is inspired by a Disney princess can be easy. Throw on a pink tank top and skirt and you are magically Aurora!  However, there are PLENTY of non-princess characters as well! Dress up like a pirate. Create a costume and become your favorite super hero. Even princesses have villains that you can become!

Another option is to – gasp – not wear a costume! In all of my runDisney races, I have yet to wear a costume. And you know what – I have a blast every time!

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Running with a Princess

A fun aspect of runDisney races is running with a friend! So what happens if your friend is a Disney princess fan?

Definitely don’t ruin your friendship over it! If your plan was to dress similar, you can choose a different character from her princess movie. (Think Pascal to her Rapunzel!) If you will be running during the Princess Half Marathon, have some fun! Just because princesses aren’t your thing, doesn’t mean you won’t still have fun running with your friend through the parks!


Not all women are into the princess craze, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a magical time. Be who you were meant to be – super hero, princess, and everything in between! And that’s exactly my plan when I head down for the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2015. I hope to see many of you princesses – or non-princesses – there!

Want more information and tips regarding runDisney events? Check out Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World!



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