runDisney race medals on display at the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend expo
Hi friends! Hope you’re having a great start to the week so far! As some of you already know, I’m the runDisney and Healthy Living contributor at TheDisneyDrivenLife.com. My latest post is about all the dates you need to know for upcoming 2015-2016 runDisney races. You can read it here: The Disney Driven Life
Running at Disneyland and Walt Disney World is a magical experience unlike any other! I’d like to share some additional tips with you so you feel ready and prepared to register for a runDisney race.
When I originally wanted to run a Disney race at Disneyland in 2011, I didn’t realize just how far in advance I needed to sign up. I made it my goal to run my first Half Marathon there and knew I would need a lot of time to train. Back then, there were only 2 Half Marathons at Disneyland – the Tinker Bell Half in January and the Disneyland Half in September. Having an elementary school aged child, I knew the Disneyland Half in September would be out for me because it’s the weekend before school starts here. That made the Tinker Bell Half a perfect goal race for me – but I had to wait over a year to run it.
Now the Disney races are more popular and you have even more to choose from. It’s great from a planning and training perspective to have so many choices of races to do (5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, or if you’re feeling more ambitious – race challenge) and the flexibility to choose which time of the year works best for you.
If you’re looking to sign up for a runDisney race, it’s important to remember that these event can sell out FAST – within minutes or hours of registration opening to the public. Even if you are just *thinking* about signing up, mark the registration date on your calendar anyway. The registration time is typically noon EST but make sure to double check on runDisney.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/runDisney the day prior. They are very good at updating all of the info you need to know before registering.
The Dopey and Goofy Challenges at Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, Glass Slipper Challenge at Princess Half Marathon weekend, Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and the Rebel Challenge at Disneyland sell out almost immediately. If you want to get in on one of the challenges – be ready to sign up the minute registration opens!
If you’re a Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or Disney Parks Premier Passport holder – you can sign up 1-2 weeks early for the races. Disney Vacation Club Members also get early registration. Check out your passholder and DVC member page under special offers for details.
Here’s the information you’ll need to have to be ready to register:
1. Sign up for an Active.com account if you don’t have one already. Sign in if you’re already an Active.com member and verify your account information. Fill out everything so it can auto populate where necessary and save you some typing.
2. Have your credit card in hand for payment.
3. Know your best proof of times to submit for your race along with race dates, and event name. Even if it’s a proof of time from a prior Disney race, be thorough and fill out all the info they ask for. I keep a window open on my computer with the link from my proof of time race and double check everything to make sure it matches what I’m submitting. If you don’t submit proof of time, you may automatically end up in a back corral for your race. If your finishing time is important to you – as well as having time to take pictures with the awesome Disney characters, you’ll want to be with runners/walkers of a similar pace to yours.
4. Have all of the information available for your spouse if you are registering them for races too, including proof of time for Half marathon. Have them open an Active.com account if they have not already done so.
5. When it’s time to register, take a deep breath and click on the link. If it times out because the servers are busy, try and try again. When I registered for Glass Slipper the server kicked me out at the checkout and I had to go back in and type everything all over again. Don’t let it get to you though – it’s step one of getting to your runDisney race
6. Double check everything you’ve typed – especially your email address. People make mistakes because they hurry through registration. If you notice an error after submitting your registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call runDisney.
7. Check your e-mail. Once you get the confirmation e-mail – Celebrate! You’re going to run at Disney!!!
I hope these tips help you feel more prepared for signing up for a runDisney race. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions, I’m happy to help! Check out my latest post at The Disney Driven Life on all the dates you need to know for upcoming runDisney races and which days to mark on your calendar to register.
Hope to see you at a runDisney race soon!