This Sunday, March 8, I will be running the Inaugural Disney Princess Half Marathon. This will be my third "inaugural" Disney race - I also did the first Disneyland half marathon and the first Tower of Terror 13K. You only get one chance to do the first one!
Though men can enter, this race is really aimed at women. It also allows women to enter in two-person teams - Mother-daughter, sisters, friends, or co-ed. My friend Pam and I have entered as "The Evil Twins." We plan to have fun with that, though we're not twins, and neither of us is evil (well, she is. ;-) )
The course goes from the Epcot parking area to Magic Kingdom, down Main Street and through the castle, and back to Epcot. The race literature says it's a "new course" - but it sure looks like the normal half marathon course to me. Guess we'll see on Sunday!
Sunday morning at 1:00 a.m. is when the Daylight Saving Time change occurs - and originally Disney planned to start this race at 6:00 a.m. - which would really be 5:00 a.m. Fortunately they saw the light (or the dark, more likely) and decided to change the race time to 7:00 a.m. - which is still really 6:00 a.m. Or 3:00 a.m. to those of us just arrived from the west coast...
We spoke to one of the race organizers about this race back in October, and he told us it's really a re-branding of the Minnie Half Marathon, which used to take place in May. I don't know how many people are registered, but I doubt it's more than 10,000, and I think it's less than that. I'll know better when we pick up our registration packets on Friday. As usual, Disney has a very generous time limit - we have 3.5 hours to finish.
I would expect there to be a few Disney Princess characters along the course - but I hope they will give us a few Disney Princes, too! And maybe some other surprises.
You know, of course, that I will have a lot more to say about it after running the race on Sunday.
The previous post in this blog was Update: Disney's California Food and Wine Festival.
The next post in this blog is Princess Half Marathon Weekend - Day 1.