As runners, sometimes we have a lot of stuff. Since many runners are utilizing race transportation, there is no where to store their belongings during the race. Have no fear – it’s bag check to the rescue!
When you pick up your race bib, you are directed to a location to get your race shirt. The shirt (or shirts) are inside a large, clear runDisney bag. For those wanting to check a bag before the race, this is the bag you must use! Be sure to affix the sticker that includes your bib number, to the bag before heading tot he race.
In the Family Reunion area are large tents with letters. Head to the tent that matches the first letter of your last name and that is where you drop off your bag before the race, and pick up afterward. (The only exceptions are the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, as you drop off your bag at the start and it is magically transported to the finish line.)
So what should you put inside this bag? Here are a few ideas!
Post-Race Food – While runDisney does provide bananas and a snack box after the race, you may be used to a certain food after a race. If so, include that food in your bag. (Note: these bags are on tables and will not be refrigerated, etc.) You will also be given bottles of water and Powerade in the finishers chute.
Post-Race Clothing – After a race (particularly a long one), a fresh set of clothes sounds wonderful! Throw in a change of clothes, including socks or even sandals. If the weather has been cold or rainy, it doesn’t hurt to throw in a long sleeve or blanket to warm you up.
Tolietries – There are various items that you may need after a race. Deodorant, lip balm, sunscreen, tissues – the list may go on. Since most of these items are small, they are easy to throw into your bag. Remember, it may be a little while before you get back to your room!
Wipes – Many runners will sweat during a race. (Even Princesses can glisten!) Being able to wipe down your face, arms and legs is a great way to freshen up quickly. Add some baby wipes or even athletic wipes like ShowerPill to your bag.
Purse or Bag – If your plan is to hit the parks after the race (or the party after Wine & Dine Half Marathon), putting a small bag or purse into your bag is a great idea. This way you can stash your belongings and start celebrating right away!
While there are many items that you can include in your bag, it is HIGHLY recommended that you do NOT include anything valuable. Find a race belt or pocket to hold items like cash, ID, etc. and wear your MagicBand during the race. Also, all bags are subject to search.