No matter if it is your first runDisney race or your fiftieth, there are sure to be some butterflies on race day. Here is a glimpse into what you can expect on a runDisney race day, no matter the race weekend or distance!
Early Wake Up Call
Since the race courses include time in the parks, it means that each race starts very early in the morning. Most races begin at 5:30 am, however runners must arrive to the starting area at least an hour prior to the start. Therefore, prepare for an early wake up call! If you are using event transportation from a Walt Disney World hotel, you will likely need to board a bus by 3:30-4:00 am, depending on the race. Make sure you get to bed early, lay out your clothes and gear, set an alarm (or two), and get excited for the morning ahead!
Lots of Fellow Runners
The popularity of runDisney races continues, which means a race can have upward of 25,000 runners! Prepare for lines at the bag security (prior to the starting area), at the port-o-potties, and character stops in particular. That being said, it is fun to experience the race with many other Disney runners! Make a friend or two as you experience each magical mile.
A Magical Send-Off
While most races have a quick starting experience, Disney makes it a show! For each corral (including the newer waves within the corrals), a fireworks display lights up the sky as runners make their way across the start line. There may even be a special character to send off your corral. Enjoy the entertainment as you prepare for your race!
Characters and Entertainment
It wouldn’t be a Disney event if there wasn’t entertainment along the way! From the starting area to the finish line, there is a lot to experience. From DJs to race announcers, marching bands to Gospel choirs, cheerleaders to your favorite characters – there will be a lot to keep you entertained as you make your way through the race course! Feel free to stop and take a photo with a character, mile marker, or a special spot within the theme parks.
On Course Support
Throughout the course, support appears in many ways. Approximately every 1.5 miles, an aid station will be available, manned by amazing volunteers offering water (and Powerade for the longer distances). There are also many medical stations staffed by medical professionals, who can help with any concerns you may have during the race. Support also comes in the form of the wonderful spectators, who are cheering, holding fun signs, and encouraging each and every runner they see!
A Finish to Remember
The moment has come – crossing the finish line of a runDisney race! The entertainment and support continues, with photographers, race announcers, and maybe even a character or two. Enjoy the moment as you run down the finish line area and cross that magical finish line!
There is a lot to experience throughout a runDisney race, but don’t forget the most important part – enjoying every mile along the way!