runDisney Events and Registration FAQ

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  1. rteetz

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    Hello and welcome to the runDisney Events and Registration FAQ! A lot of people have talked about wanting or needing an FAQ thread so I figured we could start one. One of the great things about FAQ threads is the participation, and I encourage everyone that has questions, comments, and answers to participate in this thread.


    runDisney Events for 2018
    1. Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January 3-7, 2018 ON SALE Feb. 14th, 2017 Noon ET
    2. Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend February 22-25, 2018 ON SALE May 2nd, 2017 Noon ET
    3. Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend April 18-22, 2018 ON SALE May 23rd, 2017 Noon ET
    4. Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend September 20-23rd, 2018 Packages on sale NOW
    5. Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend November 1-4, 2018 ON SALE March 13th, 2018
    6. Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon and Kessel Run Challenge January 3rd, 2018 - March 31st, 2018
    7. runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Summer 2018
    runDisney Events for 2019
    1. Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January 9-13, 2019 ON SALE ?
    2. Princess Half Marathon Weekend February 21-24, 2019 ON SALE June 12th, 2018
    3. Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend April 4-7, 2019 ON SALE August 7th, 2018


    runDisney is now a global enterprise with the 2016 addition of the Disneyland Paris weekend. Races range from diaper dashes for kids to full marathons for adults.

    UPDATE ON DISNEYLAND RACES FOR 2018 AND BEYOND

    "We have heard from many of you over the past few months regarding registration for runDisney race weekends at Disneyland Resort. We greatly appreciate your loyalty and dedication to our runDisney race events and want to share the following update with you.


    Given the level of construction to support the ongoing Disneyland Resort expansion, we have been working hard to determine how we can continue providing our West Coast participants with the best possible runDisney experience, which is designed around the ability to run throughout our resorts while enjoying entertainment offerings and characters.


    After careful consideration and weighing all possibilities, we have made the very difficult decision to place all runDisney race weekends at Disneyland Resort on hiatus beginning in 2018. This includes the associated Coast to Coast Race Challenges.


    Anyone who has registered for one of these races will be contacted directly by runDisney today by email and will receive a full refund for registration fees and for any commemorative items they may have purchased.


    While news of this hiatus is sad to share, we are so thankful for the magic and memories you have helped create at our race weekends through the years. We look forward to hosting the upcoming Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort November 9-12, and we hope to see many of you there.


    We encourage runners to continue to visit runDisney.com for other race opportunities. A full schedule of races at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris are currently still being offered, in addition to our virtual race series. Guests with questions can contact rundisney@disneysports.com."



    UPDATE REGARDING REGISTRATION DATES (For 2019). We are working to create a more streamlined race registration experience for runDisney participants. As a result, registration for the 2018-19 Walt Disney World race event weekends will be temporarily delayed; however, all races are still scheduled for this season as planned. Registration for this summer's Virtual Running Shorts Series and the June 5K will open on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at noon ET. We apologize for the delay and will have more information to share on June 1 regarding registration for all remaining races.

    Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. runDisney says

    "It's our biggest weekend celebration ever with amazing sights, spectacular surprises and fantastic runs for the whole family including the 25th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, 5K, 5th Anniversary Dopey Challenge, 10K, runDisney Kids Races and Disney Castaway Cay Challenge. Plus, there will be plenty of Disney entertainment, favorite Disney characters, all-new anniversary commemorative medals and T-Shirts, and much more! Share the magic and the memories during the 25th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

    I know it's a long way off... but.. 2018 Dopey
    Marathon Weekend 2018
    Marathon Weekend 2019
    Official Dopey 2019 Thread

    Considered the Granddaddy of them all this is runDisney's only weekend that includes a full marathon.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Full Marathon
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper Dash, 100m, 200m, 400m, mickey mile)

    Challenges
    Goofy Challenge (Half+Full Marathon)
    Dopey Challenge (5K+10K+Half+Full Marathon)

    Expo
    At WDW Marathon Weekend the race expo takes place for 4 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. The expo is also where you will buy official race weekend merchandise, and get to look at several dozen other vendors throughout ESPN Wide World of Sports. Transportation is available to and from the expo if staying at a Disney resort.

    Race Retreat
    Race Retreat is a VIP experience for runners. You get early access to the race weekend expo, private hospitality tent near the finish line, pre-race food and drinks, private restrooms, Disney character experiences, recovery zone, catered post race brunch, commemorative socks and towel.

    Star Wars Half Marathon-Light Side On Indefinite Hiatus

    Official 2017 Star Wars - Light Side Half Marathon Weekend (Jan 12th - 15th, 2017)
    This race weekend takes place in Disneyland in early January.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper Dash, 100m, 200m, 400m)

    Resistance Challenge
    Must run 10K and Half Marathon

    Kessel Challenge
    Participants for this event must run the Light Side Half Marathon in Disneyland and the Dark Side Half Marathon in Walt Disney World. This is a special coast to coast challenge.

    Expo
    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes place at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

    Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

    2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
    2018 Princess Half Marathon
    2019 Princess Half Marathon Weekend

    This race weekend is centered around female runners even though males can still participate. A woman must win the race.

    "Celebrate 10 magical years with fantasy-filled runs and a weekend straight out of a fairy tale!

    It's a royal celebration and you're invited to join the Disney Princesses for all the fun during the 10th Anniversary of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the 5th Anniversary of the Disney Fairy Tale Challenge. It's a storybook weekend chock full of magical runs, spectacular surprises, amazing sights, plenty of Disney entertainment, exclusive 10th Anniversary Finisher medals and much, much more! Princesses of every age are invited to join the festivities. Best of all, your favorite Disney Princesses will be cheering you on along the way!"


    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper dash, 100m, 200m, 400m, one mile)

    Glass Slipper Challenge
    Must run 10K and Half Marathon

    *Runner that run the half marathon during Princess weekend and Tinker Bell weekend are eligible for a pink coast to coast medal*

    Expo
    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and transportation is provided to and from the expo for guests staying at Disney resorts.

    Race Retreat

    Race Retreat is a VIP experience for runners. You get early access to the race weekend expo, private hospitality tent near the finish line, pre-race food and drinks, private restrooms, Disney character experiences, recovery zone, catered post race brunch, commemorative socks and towel.

    Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend- Dark Side

    Official Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend - The Dark Side 2017
    Official 2018 Star Wars Dark Side Weekend
    This race weekend takes place in Walt Disney World.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper Dash, 100m, 200m, 400m, one mile)

    Dark Side Challenge
    Must run in 10K and Half marathon

    Kessel Run Challenge
    Runners must complete the Disneyland light side Half Marathon and WDW Dark side Half marathon to be eligible for this special coast to coast challenge medal.

    Expo

    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and transportation is provided to and from the expo for guests staying at Disney resorts.

    Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend On Indefinite hiatus

    Official 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend!
    This is a female centered race weekend in Disneyland, males are still able to participate.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper Dash, 100m, 200m, 400m)

    Pixie Dust Challenge
    Must run in 10K and Half Marathon

    *Runner that run the Princess Half marathon and Tinker Bell Half marathon in the same calendar year are eligible for a special pink coast to coast medal.

    Expo

    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes place at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

    VIP Experience

    Are you looking to enhance your race weekend experience? Then upgrade to the Treasure Lounge: A VIP Experience created to take the hustle out of your race preparation and add some extra riches to your weekend.

    This weekend-long experience will provide runners with a personalized race check-in process, as well as access to exclusive shopping, dining and entertainment offerings.

    $199 per guest

    Lunch n Learn

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to make that perfect healthy meal? Something with a good balance of vitamins, protein and a sweet ending? Have you ever wanted to learn from a Disney chef inside of the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant?

    Then join us for Lunch n Learn, where you are in the kitchen with our chefs learning how to prepare a healthy, race inspired three-course meal. Chris Faulkner, American Culinary Federation - Certified Executive Chef, (and Arizona Ironman triathlon finisher) and his team will go in-depth into the preparation of a healthy meal that includes salad, entrée, dessert, as well as pre- and post-workout shakes! And after you've worked up an appetite during the lesson, you'll enjoy that three-course lunch in time to take on your race weekend challenges.

    $199 per guest



    Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend On Indefinite hiatus

    Official 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Thread
    This race weekend takes place at Disneyland and is considered Disneyland's main event.

    This weekend will have a Pixar theme in 2017.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper Dash, 100m, 200m, 400m)

    Disneyland Double Dare
    Must run in the 10K and Half Marathon (Note- Used to be Dumbo Double Dare but registration excluded Dumbo)

    Expo

    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes places at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

    Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend

    Disneyland Paris Half 2017
    This race weekend takes place in Disneyland Paris and is an inaugural race in 2016.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (100m, 200m, 400m, 1km, 2km)

    NEW HALF/10K CHALLENGE TAKING PLACE IN 2017!

    Castle to Chateau Challenge
    This special challenge is for those that run in the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon and a Disney Half Marathon in the US in the same Calendar year.

    Expo

    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes place at the Disney Events Arena.

    2017 race info
    https://news.disneylandparis.com/blog/2016/09/29/rundisney2017/

    Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

    Official Wine and Dine 2017 thread
    This race weekend takes place at Walt Disney World.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper Dash, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1-miler)

    Two Course Challenge
    Must run in 10K and Half Marathon

    Expo

    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and transportation is provided to and from the expo for guests staying at Disney resorts.

    Post Race Party
    A special post race party happens during this race weekend at night at Epcot from 10PM-1AM. It takes place the same day of the Half Marathon, and it is included in your race registration. Rides are open as well as character meet and greets, and live entertainment.

    Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend

    This race weekend takes place in Disneyland.

    Individual events for this weekend
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids races (Diaper dash, 100m, 200m, 400m)

    Infinity Gauntlet Challenge
    Must run in 10K and Half Marathon

    Expo

    This expo takes place for 3 days. The expo is where you will need to pick up your race number/bib, your shirt, and gEAR bag. You can also buy official race weekend merchandise and look/buy from several dozen other vendors. This expo takes place at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

    Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon

    After the Disneyland races were put on hiatus runDisney announced a new virtual Star Wars Half Marathon. runDisney does not make you run the half marathon in order to receive the medal and you can split up the half marathon over multiple runs. In addition to the half you can participate in the Kessel Run Challenge by running both the virtual half and the Dark Side half in April at Walt Disney World. You receive a finishers medal, virtual race bib, and finishers certificate.

    Individual Events
    Half Marathon

    Kessel Run Challenge
    Must run Half Marathon virtually and Dark Side Half Marathon

    runDisney Virtual Running Shorts

    Starting in 2016 runDisney began offering a 5K virtual running series. Runners can choose to just run one month (June, July, or August) or run the entire series. runDisney does not require runners to submit their times for their virtual races. Those who sign up for the series get all three medals for each month plus a medal for the series.

    Individual Events
    June 5K
    July 5K
    August 5K

    Virtual Running Shorts Series
    All three virtual 5K races


    RunDisney anniversary races
    Thanks to @Anisum for the list

    WDW Marathon Weekend:
    WDW 5k - 2023 (30th)
    WDW 10k - 2023 (10th)
    WDW Half - 2022 (25th)
    WDW Marathon - 2023 (30th)
    Goofy Challenge - 2020 (15th)
    Dopey Challenge - 2023 (10th)

    Disneyland Half Weekend: Races cancelled indefinitely starting 2018
    Disneyland 5k - 2020 (15th)
    Disneyland 10k - 2022 (10th)
    Disneyland Half - 2020 (15th)
    Disney Double Dare - 2022 (10th)

    Princess Weekend:
    Royal Family/Princess 5k - 2023 (15th)
    Enchanted 10k - 2023 (10th)
    Princess Half - 2023 (15th)
    Disney Fairy Tale Challenge - 2023 (10th)

    Wine & Dine Weekend:
    Mickey's Jingle Jungle/Holiday 5k - 2019 (10th)
    Wine & Dine 10k - 2020 (5th)
    Wine & Dine Half - 2019 (10th)
    Two Course Challenge -2020 (5th)

    Tinkerbell Weekend: Races cancelled indefinitely starting in 2018
    Neverland 5k - 2021 (10th)
    Tinker Bell 10k - 2018 (5th)
    Tinker Bell Half - 2021 (10th)
    Pixie Dust Challenge - 2019 (5th)

    Star Wars Weekends:
    Star Wars (Rebel) Half/5k/10k/Challenge - 2019 (5th) - Races cancelled indefinitely starting in 2018
    Star Wars (Dark Side) Half/5k/10k/Challenge - 2020 (5th)
    Kessel Run - 2020 (5th) - Challenge cancelled indefinitely starting in 2018

    Avengers Weekend: Races cancelled indefinitely starting in 2018
    Avengers Half/5k - 2018 (5th)
    [Insert Avengers Name Here] 10k - 2019 (5th)
    Infinity Gauntlet - 2019 (5th)

    DL Paris:
    Disneyland Paris 5k - 2020 (5th)
    Disneyland Paris Half - 2020 (5th)
    Castle to Chateau - 2020 (5th)
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018
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    Registration

    Race registration is considered by some almost as hard as the race itself. In some cases races sell out within an hour. In other cases races will be open for months before they sell out.

    runDisney uses Active.com for their race registration services. If you are planning on registering for a runDisney event it is recommended to sign up for an Active account before you register to save time during registration.

    Registration for all runDisney events goes live on a Tuesday at 12PM EST. If you are planning to register for a race it is recommended to be on a computer a few minutes before registration goes live in case the race you want to register for is popular and might sell out. Links for the events will be located on runDisney.com at the time registration goes live.

    Can you register for more than one event at a time?
    No you can only register for one event at a time. If you want to register for a half marathon and 5K you have to register for those separately. If you are registering for a challenge you DO NOT sign up for each race individually, you sign up for the challenge and that gets you into those challenge events all at once.

    Can I register more than one person at a time?
    No you can only register one person at a time. It is recommended that if possible everyone registers themselves. If one person registers multiple people you can still get into the race but depending on how quickly it sells out the person registering might not get everyone in.

    What if the race is on hold?
    That means they are not letting anymore people in at the moment to register. It DOES NOT mean the race is sold out. Keep watching that specific race as it may go back on sale at anytime.

    What are my options if a race is sold out?
    If you don't get in before a race sells out there are two options for people. Registering with a Travel Agent or with a Charity group. Specific for these two things will be discussed in a later post.

    Important Note- Active.com does charge fees when registering for a runDisney event.

    Race Weekend Pricing and Status

    Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2019 ON SALE ? (Delayed)

    Dopey Challenge $560 (No price increase)
    Goofy Challenge $365 (No price increase)
    Full Marathon $185 ($5 increase)
    Half Marathon $185 ($5 increase)
    10K $120 ($10 increase)
    5K $80 ($15 increase)
    Kids Dashes $20
    Kids one miler $30
    Castaway Cay Challenge $70


    Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
    Resistance Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids races $20
    VIP Experiences
    Lounge $199
    Viewing Party $79

    Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2019 ON SALE ? (Delayed)
    Fairy tale Challenge $340
    Half Marathon $110
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    Star Wars Half Marathon Dark Side 2018 ON SALE NOW
    Dark Side Challenge $330 ($10 price increase)
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120 SOLD OUT
    5K $80 SOLD OUT
    Kids Races $20-30 SOLD OUT

    Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
    Pixie Dust Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
    Double Dare Challenge
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids Races

    Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend 2018 ON SALE NOW
    Challenge
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids Races


    Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend 2018 ON SALE NOW

    Two Course Challenge
    Half Marathon
    10K
    5K
    Kids Races


    Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

    Infinity Gauntlet Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20

    Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2020 ON SALE ...

    Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2020 ON SALE ...

    Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side 2019 ON SALE ...

    runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Summer 2018 ON SALE April 12th, 2018


    Historical Prices

    2013 Marathon Weekend
    Goofy Challenge $320
    Marathon $150
    Half Marathon $150
    5K

    2014 Marathon Weekend
    Dopey Challenge $495
    Goofy Challenge $340
    Marathon $160
    Half Marathon $160
    10K $95
    5K $60
    Kids races $15-$30

    2014 Princess Weekend
    Glass Slipper Challenge $270
    Half Marathon $160
    10K $95
    5K $60
    Kids races $15-$30

    2014 Disneyland Half Weekend
    Dumbo Double Dare $320
    Half Marathon $195
    10K $105
    5K $70
    Kids races $20

    2014 Tinkerbell Half Weekend
    Half Marathon $175
    10K $95
    5K $70
    Kids races $20

    2014 Wine & Dine Half Weekend
    Half Marathon $185
    5K $55
    Kids races $15-$30

    2014 Avengers Half Weekend
    Half Marathon $195
    5K $70
    Kids races $20

    2014 Twilight Zone Tower 10-miler
    10-miler $145
    5K $55
    Kids races $15-$30

    2014 Expedition Everest Challenge
    Individual registration $120
    Team registration $230
    Kids races $20

    2015 Marathon Weekend
    Dopey Challenge $530
    Goofy Challenge $360
    Marathon $170
    Half Marathon $170
    10K $105
    5K $60
    Kids races $15-$30

    2015 Princess Weekend
    Glass Slipper Challenge $295
    Half Marathon $170
    10K $105
    5K $60
    Kids races $15-$30

    2015 Disneyland Half Weekend
    Dumbo Double Dare $330
    Half Marathon $199
    10K $110
    5K $75
    Kids races $20

    2015 Tinkerbell Half Weekend
    Pixie Dust Challenge $320
    Half Marathon $195
    10K $105
    5K $70
    Kids races $20

    2015 Wine & Dine Half Weekend
    Half Marathon $190
    5K $65
    Kids races $15-$30

    2015 Light Side Half Weekend
    Rebel Challenge $320
    Half Marathon $195
    10K $105
    5K $70
    Kids races $20

    2015 Super Heroes Half Weekend
    Infinity Gauntlet Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $199
    10K $110
    5K $75
    Kids races $20

    2015 Expedition Everest Challenge
    Individual registration $125
    Team registration $240

    2016 Marathon Weekend
    Dopey Challenge $550
    Goofy Challenge $360
    Marathon $175
    Half Marathon $175
    10K $110
    5K $65

    2017 Marathon Weekend
    Dopey Challenge $560
    Goofy Challenge $365
    Marathon $180
    Half Marathon $180
    10K $110
    5K $65
    Kids races Dashes- $20 Mile- $30

    2017 Princess Weekend
    Glass Slipper Challenge $320
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $75
    Kids races $20-30

    2017 Star Wars Darkside Weekend
    Dark Side Challenge $320
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    2017 Tinker Bell Weekend
    Pixie Dust Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    2017 Disneyland Paris Weekend
    Challenge ?
    Half Marathon $77.97
    10K $57.18
    5K $36.39
    Kids Races $12.48

    2017 Disneyland Half Weekend
    Double Dare Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20

    2017 Wine and Dine Weekend
    Two Course Challenge $340
    Half Marathon $199
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    2017 Super Heroes Weekend
    Infinity Gauntlet Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20

    2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
    Dopey Challenge $560 (No price increase)
    Goofy Challenge $365 (No price increase)
    Full Marathon $185 ($5 increase)
    Half Marathon $185 ($5 increase)
    10K $120 ($10 increase)
    5K $80 ($15 increase)
    Kids Dashes $20
    Kids one miler $30
    Castaway Cay Challenge $70

    2018 Lightside Weekend Race Weekend Cancelled
    Resistance Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids races $20
    VIP Experiences
    Lounge $199
    Viewing Party $79

    2018 Princess Weekend
    Fairy tale Challenge $340
    Half Marathon $110
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    2018 Darkside Weekend
    Dark Side Challenge $330 ($10 price increase)
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    2018 Tinkerbell Weekend Race Weekend cancelled
    Pixie Dust Challenge $330
    Half Marathon $185
    10K $120
    5K $80
    Kids Races $20-30

    2018 Disneyland Paris Weekend

    2018 Wine and Dine Weekend



    Proof of Time

    Requirements: required for runDisney half marathons if you expect to finish in less than 2:45 or the marathon if you expect to finish in less than 5:30 (not required for 5k or 10k's). Typically, the Proof of Time must be within two years of the runDisney race date you are registered for.

    Race-specific dates: Each race has a specific proof of time deadline. These dates are listed below.

    Location of data: Active.com registration page (myevents.active.com)

    How to change: Can view by going to "View my registration" or change by going to "Edit registration information". You cannot edit the Proof of Time after the deadline has past.

    Results website link: Link to the page where your results can be found online. runDisney has stated they want the race's main website link, but I think several folks put in the results link. I assume both are probably fine, but I would shy away from using a link to Athlinks or some other race results aggregator. I know in my experience the link to the results page works for the proof of time.

    Time to provide: provide your actual 10k, 12k, 15k, 10 mile, half marathon or marathon race time (chip time, if applicable) of a certified race (USATF certification for U.S. races). Use your actual race time listed on the results website - DO NOT try to translate your time to the distance you will be running at Disney.

    Best practices: enter your best proof of time AT TIME OF REGISTRATION, then update afterwards if you improve it (this way you don't forget if you are unable to improve your POT before the deadline). Also take a picture or screenshot of your proof time page incase things go wrong.

    Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend deadline - October 9th, 2018
    Princess Half Marathon Weekend deadline - November 14th, 2017
    Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend deadline - January 16th, 2018
    Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend deadline - July 31st, 2018

    Thanks to @opusone and @Ariel484 for help on this!
     
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    Transportation

    Transportation during runDisney race weekends is a very common question between people here on the boards.

    Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    Transportation is provided to and from WDW Host resorts. During Marathon Weekend ALL WDW resorts are considered host resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin and Shades of Green are also considered host resorts. Runners can also drive to and from the races but you must allow yourself enough time before roads start to close for the races.

    Buses start at 3:30AM for the 5K and 10K and 3AM for the Half and Full.

    Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Weekend
    If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel you are within walking distance to all race weekend events. If you are staying at a select Disneyland Anaheim are hotel complimentary Anaheim Transportation Network shuttles will depart every 20 minutes to the Disneyland resort Esplanade shuttle drop off area.

    Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
    Transportation is provided to and from WDW Host resorts. During Marathon Weekend ALL WDW resorts are considered host resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin and Shades of Green are also considered host resorts. Runners can also drive to and from the races but you must allow yourself enough time before roads start to close for the races.


    Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend
    Transportation is provided to and from WDW Host resorts. During Marathon Weekend ALL WDW resorts are considered host resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin and Shades of Green are also considered host resorts. Runners can also drive to and from the races but you must allow yourself enough time before roads start to close for the races.

    Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
    If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel you are within walking distance to all race weekend events. If you are staying at a select Disneyland Anaheim are hotel complimentary Anaheim Transportation Network shuttles will depart every 20 minutes to the Disneyland resort Esplanade shuttle drop off area.


    Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
    If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel you are within walking distance to all race weekend events. If you are staying at a select Disneyland Anaheim are hotel complimentary Anaheim Transportation Network shuttles will depart every 20 minutes to the Disneyland resort Esplanade shuttle drop off area.


    Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
    Transportation is provided to and from WDW Host resorts. During Marathon Weekend ALL WDW resorts are considered host resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin and Shades of Green are also considered host resorts. Runners can also drive to and from the races but you must allow yourself enough time before roads start to close for the races.


    Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
    If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel you are within walking distance to all race weekend events. If you are staying at a select Disneyland Anaheim are hotel complimentary Anaheim Transportation Network shuttles will depart every 20 minutes to the Disneyland resort Esplanade shuttle drop off area.



    For guests staying at monorail resorts during WDW race weekends, the monorail does run for pre race transportation for the half and full marathons. They also run post race as well as buses.
     
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    Castaway Cay 5K/Challenge

    Castaway Cay 5K
    During most Disney cruises, guests on board are eligible to run in a 5K on Disney's private island Castaway Cay. This 3.1 mile course runs on the island in the morning and does have on course entertainment. Participants get a race shirt and a 5K rubber medallion.

    Castaway Cay Challenge

    During a 4 night Bahamian cruise following the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend you can run a 5K on Disney's private Island Castaway Cay. This 5K can earn you two additional medals. Special merchandise is also available. Runners receive, race shirt, 5K finisher medallion, challenge medal, post race refreshments, activities and special menu options onboard.

    2018 Cost $70
     
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  7. rteetz

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    Spectators

    Spectators are allowed and encouraged in various spots during the races.

    runDisney offers a ChEAR Squad package, there are two levels Gold and Platinum for WDW Marathon weekend, Princess weekend, and Wine & Dine.

    Gold Package
    • runDisney ChEAR Squad t-shirt, stadium blanket, and clapper
    • Reserved seating near Cinderella's castle (first come first serve)
    • Reserved Finish Line seating
    • Hot and Cold beverages
    • Private restrooms
    • For WDW Weekend 1 day $65 2 day $85
    • For Princess weekend $65
    Platinum Package
    • All Gold amenities
    • Entry into race retreat area
    • For WDW Weekend 1 day $120 2 day $180
    • For Princess weekend $120
    Wine & Dine Package $45 per person
    • Waterproof Stadium Blanket
    • Mickey Clappers
    • Reserved Finish Line seating
    • Private restrooms

    Spectators not looking to buy ChEAR squad can still view the race from certain areas along the courses. For longer races spectators can view inside the parks with valid park entry. Spectators can also view from several WDW resorts along the course. Spectators are allowed on Main Street before park opening without ticket media however those spectators can't stay in the park after it opens.

    Runner Tracking is available for runners in the 10K, Half, and Full marathons. Updates can be sent during text or email.

    During 5K and 10K races spectators can view the start and finish for no charge.

    In Disneyland you can view runners along the streets and surrounding neighborhoods of Anaheim and in the Finish Line are.



    Are you looking to enhance your race weekend experience? Then upgrade to the Light Side Lounge, a VIP experience created to take the hustle out of your race preparation and calm your inner Force.


    This weekend long experience will provide guests with a personalized race check-in process, as well as access to exclusive shopping, dining and entertainment offerings including:


    • Light Side Concierge Lounge
      • Pick up your Race Packet & Pre-Purchased Merchandise in one convenient and comfortable place
        • Thursday, January 12, 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
        • Friday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, January 14, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Official Race Merchandise Shopping Experience with Exclusive Entertainment Opportunity
      • Two-hour private shopping opportunity to prior to Expo opening
        • Thursday, January 12, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
        • Friday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, January 14, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    • Post-Race Celebration Party
      • Private party at the ESPN Zone® restaurant in Downtown Disney® District
      • Lunch buffet, unlimited arcade game play and exclusive Post Race Party Finisher Photo opportunity
        • Sunday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Disney PhotoPass® Collection
      • Access to all Disney PhotoPass® images linked to your account at the time of redemption, including your race photos and more
    • Commemorative VIP Credential

    Enjoy more time at the Disneyland® Resort before and after your race with the Light Side Lounge.


    What you need to know:


    • $199 per guest (not required for children under 3 years old)
    • Space is limited and expected to fill up quickly
    • Race registration not included
    • Concierge Lounge is located in the Magic Kingdom Ballroom at the Disneyland® Hotel
    • Private shopping experience grants early access to Official Race Merchandise area only. Merchandise is subject to availability.
    • Post-Race Celebration seating window must be selected upon registration
    • Not valid for admission into Disneyland® Resort theme parks. Package items will not be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged. Government issued Photo ID will be required to pick up race materials and pre-purchased merchandise (Driver's license, Passport, Military ID, etc.).
    • Package is non-transferable and non-refundable. Items are not for resale and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.
    • Valid only from January 12, 2017 – January 15, 2017
     
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    Race Weekend Hotels

    Disneyland

    The Disneyland resort does not have specific race weekend hotels. There are 3 Disneyland Resort hotels that are Disney owned. All 3 hotel are within walking distance of race weekend events.

    The Disneyland Hotel
    The Grand Californian (DVC)
    Paradise Pier Hotel

    Disneyland also has dozens of offsite good neighbor hotels. These hotels range from higher deluxe options to lower economy options. Some of the hotels are within walking distance of race weekend events and others are not. The Anaheim Resort Transportation system does run between a lot of these hotels.

    Walt Disney World

    The Walt Disney World Resort has over 2 dozen onsite hotels that all have race weekend transportation. Several deluxe hotels have DVC (Disney Vacation Club) options.

    The Grand Floridian (DVC)
    The Contemporary (DVC)
    The Polynesian Village (DVC)
    Bay Lake Tower (DVC)
    Pop Century
    Caribbean Beach
    Animal Kingdom Lodge (DVC)
    Saratoga Springs (DVC)
    Port Orleans Riverside
    Port Orleans French Quarter
    All-Star Music
    All-Star Movies
    All-Star Sports
    Coronado Springs
    Art of Animation
    Wilderness Lodge (DVC)
    The Yacht Club
    The Beach Club (DVC)
    The Boardwalk Inn (DVC)
    Old Key West (DVC)
    Ft. Wilderness

    The Swan and Dolphin are onsite hotels however they are not owned and operated by Disney. These two hotels DO have race weekend transportation. The same goes for the military family hotel Shades of Green, it is a RunDisney host resort.

    For WDW race weekends all onsite Disney hotels and the Swan and Dolphin are considered race weekend hotels and do offer transportation to and from the expo and the races.

    With the Walt Disney World resort, they utilize a system called MyMagic+. This system allows you to book advanced dining reservations 180 days in advance, book Fastpasses 60 days in advance, get customized magicbands that will be used for your room key, park ticket, and Fastpasses.

    Walt Disney World and Disneyland both have resort specific apps. It is recommended to download these prior to your trip to the resort.

    Annual Passholders do get to use MyMagic+ however can only book Fastpasses 30 days in advance instead of 60 days unless you are staying at a Disney resort.

    Guests staying at offsite hotels also book Fastpasses at 30 days in advance rather than 60 days for onsite guests.
     
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  9. rteetz

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    The Expo

    The runDisney Health and Fitness Expo is part of race weekend. The expo is where all runners must attend and pick up race number/bib, shirt, and gEAR bag. During the expo, you can check out the official runDisney Race Weekend merchandise, and get a peek at the latest in fitness apparel, footwear, sunglasses, gadgets, nutritional products. The expo also has a Speaker series that includes appearances

    Walt Disney World race weekend expos take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports

    Disneyland race weekend expos take place at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall

    WDW Marathon Weekend Expo

    Wednesday, January 9, 2018 - Noon - 8:00 p.m.
    Thursday, January 10, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Friday, January 11, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, January 12, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

    Princess Half Marathon Weekend Expo
    Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Noon - 8:00 p.m.
    Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend Expo
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Friday, April 20, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Expo

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.




    As of 2018 New Balance and runDisney are no longer partnering for Disney branded running shoes.

    2017 New Balance runDisney Shoes
    http://www.newbalance.com/rundisney/?searchSource=Disney


    Info on the New Balance Expo booth virtual queue
    http://www.nbvirtualqueue.com
     
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    Travel Agencies and Charity registration

    If you are unable to get in during registration there are two more options for runners.

    The first is booking with a travel agency. Certain travel agencies have a deal with Disney where they sell vacation packages for race weekends. These packages often have to include race registration, hotel and park tickets. Sometimes that will vary between travel agencies though.

    The second option is running for a charity. This usually means you have to raise a certain amount of money in order to run in the event. runDisney likes to partner with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a charity.

    Here is a list of runDisney Travel agency partners

    List of Charities participating in runDisney events


    Special Note: Travel Agencies and Charities may vary for each event. Check the runDisney website for specific race weekends that you are interested in.
     
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    Other FAQs

    Does runDisney have a transfer or deferral policy?
    runDisney DOES NOT have a transfer or deferral policy as of 2016. They used to offer a deferral for an additional fee and it was only open to a limited number of spots for a limited amount of time. runDisney is reviewing their policies and something new may be out for 2017 but as of right now neither are offered. If you have a medical issue that prevents you from running it is recommended that you still contact runDisney as it has been said they are giving out partial "refund credits" for those with medical issues.

    How does RunDisney do on course photos?
    RunDisney just this year moved to their own photo service Photopass. In the past they had used a service called Marathonfoto. Now with photopass if you buy a photopass package for your vacation you get your race photos included. There are usually instructions in your race weekend guide with how to add race photos to your photopass account.

    Codes are usually in the post race section of the event guide. Unfortunately there is no search option in the digital guides.

    Here is a great explanation of photopass and RunDisney from @Ariel484

    "When you log into PhotoPass on your MDE account, you see all of your pictures there as usual. In the parks they use your Magic Band or the photographer will scan a card to give it to you - you then input the number on the back of the card into your account and your pics show up.

    runDisney photopass is a lot like using one of those cards - your Magic Band is NOT used, it's all about your bib number. When we get the event guide, there will be a 16-digit code printed that corresponds to each race and x where our bib number will need to be added in. For the Disneyland Half, for example, it was 2016-LAND-HLFx-xxxx. So if my bib number was 15607, I'd go into my PhotoPass area of My Disney Experience and put in 2016-LAND-HLF1-5607. If you have a bib number less than 5 digits, you add a zero/zeroes in front (so bib number 4567 would be 2016-LAND-HLF0-4567, bibs number 1 would be 2016-LAND-HLF0-0001). There are no special codes for the challenges, so if you're doing a challenge you'd input the code for each separate race (i.e. a Goofy runner will have a code for both the half marathon and marathon - there's no Goofy code).

    It did take a bit for the pictures to actually pop up after Tink this year...it wasn't instantaneous, but I was happy with the number and quality of pictures I got from runDisney. Light years better than MarathonFoto. Just make sure your bib number is very visible, because if it's not, there's no way to link up your pictures."
     
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    Volunteering

    Every RunDisney race weekend has hundreds if not thousands of volunteers to make the races work well. Volunteers help with everything from expo, to handing out medals at the races.

    You must sign up to become a volunteer. Signing up to be a volunteer is similar to signing up for a race.

    Volunteers usually get a shirt and/or jacket to wear while they work and a one day park ticket as a thanks for their work if you work on the larger races.

    Volunteers during race day often have very long days and must report very early even earlier than runners.

    A volunteer report from poster @ejcraft

    "I did medals for the 5K, you must report at like 3am, and basically you unpack the medals hang them on the racks, then take turns handing them out as people come across the finish line. I volunteered for Disneyland Tink so we got a free tshirt we were required to wear. ( I think some of the WDW races you get light weight jackets) we got a snack box like the ones they give out at the end of the race.

    I then volunteered inside of the expo, here we were actually given a full lunch buffet style. you worked at a bunch of different jobs, giving out pins, and the clear bag and bibs."
     
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    Yayyyyyyy!!! Thank you so much for starting this! :worship:
     
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    Great idea. It would be interesting to track the cost of these events and challenges. Alo, you should probably note something about the deferral policy.
     
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    Good idea I'm still working on it so I'll try my best to add those in.
     
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    FAQs about volunteering would be awesome!
     
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    Good idea! I will see what I can find but I have no personal experience so help from those who have volunteered would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I can help a little bit with this, as I have volunteered for a Disneyland race, and will be volunteering for the Wine and dine 1/2marathon.

    Not really sure what people would be interested in, but will put some stuff and and check back so if any one asked a particular uestion I will try and answer them..

    signing up to volunteer is almost as nerve racking as it has been to make sure you get a spot for a race. Since you get a 1 day ticket for signing up to work the 1/2 marathon , those spots usually go first, otherwise you need 2 shifts to get that same ticket for other shifts.

    some of this may be slightly different, as they did just change the sight where you sign up, I think a new company is doing it.

    I did medals for the 5K, you must report at like 3am, and basically you unpack the medals hang them on the racks, then take turns handing them out as people come across the finish line. I volunteered for Disneyland Tink so we got a free tshirt we were required to wear. ( I think some of the WDW races you get light weight jackets) we got a snack box like the ones they give out at the end of the race.

    I then volunteered inside of the expo, here we were actually given a full lunch buffet style. you worked at a bunch of different jobs, giving out pins, and the clear bag and bibs.

    I fully enjoyed this and will do it again. they emailed the 1 day ticket to me several weeks after the event.

    feel free to ask questions and I will answer to the best of my ability.
     
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    Thank you so much! As a newbie this is so helpful!
     
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    Great start to the thread, Ryan. Thanks for putting it together.
     
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    I think it might be important to note a few things about registration that we learned the hard way.

    1. Races sell out literally in half an hour or less (10Ks and 5Ks in a matter of minutes!)
    2. You cannot register two adults at the same time, under the same login/account. You have to register one, then sign in with the other adult's name and register them (or do it simultaneously on two different devices.) I'm a teacher so my husband was in charge of registering us. He did his (right when the race opened- the 10K) and then went to do mine and it was already sold out!! So now we're both registered for the half (which we are scared to death of) and he planned on deferring the 10K and from what I've heard he can't now? So annoying!!
     
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