runDisney races are unique. You have to sign up for the races MONTHS before the actual event, usually within just hours of when registration opens.
This leaves room for life to happen. Work schedules can change. Injuries can occur. Sometimes, life just gets in the way and the runDisney race you signed up for 11 months ago may need to be post-poned until the next year.
For races of 10K or longer, you do have the option to defer your race registration to the next year (for the same race weekend). There is a deferral fee, currently $45.
Both Krista and Megan were signed up for the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge. Unfortunately, life got in the way for both of us, which meant that we both deferred our race registrations to 2015. Having just gone through the deferral process, we learned a few things along the way!
To defer your race, go to runDisney.com and click on the race weekend you are signed up for. Click on the registration tab and scroll down to the deferral section. A link will appear for you to begin the deferral process. Keep in mind, a deferral is not a transfer, meaning the person who registered is the person who is deferring to run the race the next year.
When you click on the deferral link, you will fill out your information and pay the deferral fee as well as the registration fee for the next year’s race. Once you have re-registered for the new race, you will email your registration code and new confirmation number to runDisney to start the refund process. Once they have processed your request, you will then be refunded for the race that you are deferring. For example, we paid the $45 deferral fee as well as the $280 fee for the 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge (plus active.com fees – see below for explanation). We then were refunded for the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge a few days later. (Note: Disney states it can take a few billing cycles for the refund to appear.)
Things to Consider
There is a deadline that the deferral must be completed by. The exact dates will be listed on the registration tab on runDisney.com for the race weekend you are interested in.
Deferrals CAN reach a limit, not allowing any more deferrals for that race weekend. Unfortunately, there is no warning as to when this occurs. A general rule of thumb, the closer it is to the event (and deferral deadline), the more likely that the deferral limit will be reached.
If the race registration fee increases for the next year, you will have to pay the difference as well, up to $20. We both just received an email from runDisney this week that the cost of the 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge rose to $295. Therefore, we both had to pay an additional $15 .
Fees, fees and more fees! In addition to the deferral fee (currently $45), you will also pay additional fees to active.com. A registration fee through active.com is part of your fees when you originally register for a race. However when you defer, you will pay another registration fee to active.com to register for the new race in addition to the deferral fee. Your original active.com fee will not be refunded with the original race registration fees.
You can change your race during the deferral process. For example, if you registered for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon, you can defer to the 2016 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (and will have to pay the difference in race cost). If you “downgrade” your race, you will not receive a refund of the difference.
Pre-ordered souvenirs or pins are non-transferable to the next year. Therefore, you would need to call runDisney directly to see if they would issue a refund for these items. However, it is likely that you may also lose the money pre-paid on these item unless you can attend the expo to pick the items up.
While there are clearly many costs involved in deferring, it is better than losing hundreds of dollars in registration fees! Also, be sure to cancel any travel arrangements you may have made as well!
As always, runDisney can change the policies – however this is how they currently stand.