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Your Guide to runDisney Events in 2023 – Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend returns in January 2024!

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Runners and non-runners alike love runDisney events! Train, dress up, spot your favorite characters, capture breathtaking views of the parks, and cross that finish line earning a one-of-a-kind Disney-themed finisher’s medal. And the best news of all? Disney has announced the return of runDisney events at the Disneyland Resort in 2024! We haven’t had a race in the California parks since 2017, so this will be a welcome return indeed!

These runDisney events are very popular and sell out quickly, so be sure to plan accordingly if you want to take part in the festivities!

 


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Race Registration Tips

Runners can register for any of the runDisney events online. These races do sell out quickly! So you will want to pay attention to the exact time registration opens. (And be aware that all times are Eastern Standard Time!) Your registration fee typically includes a shirt, a race bib, and a uniquely-themed medal. Look for your confirmation email once you register. It is worth noting that registration cannot be transferred between individuals, event weekends, or to events that are sold out.

Also, if you plan on visiting the parks after you complete the race, you will need to purchase your theme park tickets and make a reservation! (You do NOT need a theme park ticket to race… you only need one if you plan to spend the day in the park.)

The day or two before race day, you will need to stop by the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports. This is where you will pick up your race bib, shirt, and any merchandise you pre-purchased. There will be runDisney merchandise available for sale, but be prepared for long lines as these are quite popular! (If choose not to go on the first day the runDisney Expo opens, you will have fewer crowds, but sizes may be more limited.)

 

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: January 4-8, 2023

Undoubtedly one of the most popular runDisney events, this year will mark its 30th anniversary! According to Disney, this year’s event will allow guests to “relive decades of healthy competition with a dose of 90’s retro vibes, iconic Characters, and a glimpse into the runDisney of years of past.” Here is what we know so far:

  • Races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (Half-Marathon and Marathon), and Dopey Challenge (all four races)
  • Registration: Registration opened on April 12, 2022, for Club runDisney Members and on April 19, 2022, for general registration. General Registration for Virtual Races opened on April 22, 2022.
  • Expo Hours: All runners must attend the Expo at least one day prior to your race to pick up your race bib, shirt, and pre-purchased merchandise.
    • Wednesday, January 4, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    • Thursday, January 5, 2023 | Noon to 7:00 PM
    • Friday, January 6, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, January 7, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • In-Person Pricing: (all in-person races are currently sold out)
    • Dopey Challenge (all four races): $660.92
    • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (Half-Marathon and Marathon): $431.73
    • Disney Castaway Cay Challenge: $95.94
    • Marathon: $218.53
    • Half-Marathon: $213.20
    • 10K: $146.04
    • 5K: $103.40
  • Virtual Pricing: 
    • Dopey Challenge (all four races): $511.68
    • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (Half-Marathon and Marathon): $293.15
    • Marathon: $127.92
    • Half-Marathon: $125.79
    • 10K: $105.53 (sold out)
    • 5K: $84.21 (sold out)

**This event will take place from January 3-7 in 2024. General Registration opens April 11, 2023, and Virtual Registration begins February 17, 2023. More details will be announced soon!

 

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend: January 11-14, 2024

runDisney is making its return to the Disneyland Resort in 2024, and the weekend will feature a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a challenge event (10K and half marathon). Registration opens on February 14, and event details will be released in the coming weeks.

  • Races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and a Challenge (10K and half marathon)
  • Registration: General Registration opens on February 14 and virtual registration opens on February 17. (More detailed registration information coming soon.)
  • Expo Hours: TBA
  • Pricing:
    • Challenege Event: TBA
    • Half-Marathon: TBA
    • 10K: TBA
    • 5K: TBA

 

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: February 23-26, 2023

Crowded Castle in Magic Kingdom | Magic in the PlanningAnother popular runDisney event, this race weekend brings out the Disney royalty in all who participate, and the 2023 race will mark its 15th anniversary! Newly added in 2022, “Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga” will take place in Magic Kingdom in front of Cinderella’s Castle prior to the park opening.

  • Races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Disney Fairy Tale Challenge (10K and Half Marathon)
  • Registration: Registration opened on June 14, 2022, for Club runDisney Gold & Platinum Members, and on June 21, 2022, for general registration. General Registration for Virtual Races opens on June 24, 2022.
  • In-Person Pricing: (all in-person races are currently sold out)
    • Disney Fairy Tale Challenge (Half-Marathon and 10K): $389.09
    • Half-Marathon: $229.19
    • 10K: $146.04
    • 5K: $103.40
    • Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga: $109
  • Virtual Pricing: 
    • Disney Fairy Tale Challenge (Half-Marathon and 10K): $247.31
    • Half-Marathon: $115.12
    • 10K: $94.87
    • 5K: $79.95 (sold out)

**This event will take place from February 22-25 in 2024. General Registration opens June 20, 2023, and Virtual Registration begins June 23, 2023. More details will be announced soon!

 

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend: April 13-16, 2023

The Hollywood Tower Hotel in Hollywood Studios | Magic in the PlanningThis event ultimately replaced the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend, and 2022 marked its inaugural run. The good news is that it will be back in 2023! This year’s courses are inspired by some of your favorite Pixar movies including Disney Pixar Cars 5K, Disney Pixar Monsters 10K, and the Disney Pixar Toy Story 10-Miler.

  • Races: 5K, 10K, 10-Miler, and Springtime Suprise Challenge (all three races)
  • Registration: Registration opened on August 16, 2022, at 10:00 AM for Club runDisney Gold & Platinum Members, and on August 23, 2022, at 10:00 AM for general registration. General Registration for Virtual Races opened on August 26, 2022, at 10:00 AM. (All times are Eastern Standard Time.)
  • Expo Hours: All runners must attend the Expo at least one day prior to your race to pick up your race bib, shirt, and pre-purchased merchandise.
    • Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    • Friday, April 14, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • In-Person Pricing: 
    • runDisney Springtime Suprise Challenge (all 3 races): $479.70 (sold out)
    • Disney Pixar Toy Story 10-Miler (April 16): $207.87
    • Disney Pixar Monsters 10K (April 15): $146.04 (sold out)
    • Disney Pixar Cars 5K (April 14): $103.40 (sold out)
    • runDisney Springtime Suprise Yoga (April 13): $109
  • Virtual Pricing: 
    • runDisney Springtime Suprise Challenge (all 3 races): $325.13
    • Disney Pixar Toy Story 10-Miler: $115.13
    • Disney Pixar Monsters 10K: $94.87
    • Disney Pixar Cars 5K: $79.95

**This event will take place from April 18-21, 2024. General Registration opens August 22, 2023, and Virtual Registration begins August 25, 2023. More details will be announced soon!

 

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend: November 2-5, 2023

Spaceship Earth in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comThis race takes place during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and the 2022 event explored “the music, stories and culinary delights found around World Showcase.” No details have been announced yet for 2023, but we do know that registration begins March 21, 2023 (virtual registration begins March 24, 2023).

While we wait for 2023 details, here’s a look at what 2022 had to offer:

  • Races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Disney Two Course Challenge (10K and Half Marathon)
  • Registration: Registration opened on March 15, 2022, at 10:00 AM for Club runDisney Gold & Platinum Members and on March 22, 2022, at 10:00 AM for general registration. General Registration for Virtual Races opened on March 25, 2022, at 10:00 AM. (All times are Eastern Standard Time.)
  • Expo Hours: All runners must attend the Expo at least one day prior to your race to pick up your race bib, shirt, and pre-purchased merchandise.
    • Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Friday, November 4, 2022 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • In-Person Pricing:
    • Challenge (Half-Marathon and 10K): $383.76
    • Half-Marathon: $229.19
    • 10K: $146.04
    • 5K: $103.40
    • Post-race party tickets: $94 per person for runners’ family and friends (Party tickets were included for those running the half-marathon.)
  • Virtual Pricing: 
    • Challenge (Half-Marathon and 10K): $268.63
    • Half-Marathon: $125.79
    • 10K: $105.53
    • 5K: $84.21

 

runDisney Virtual Series: June – August 2023

In 2022, guests were invited to take part in celebrating Frozen with runDisney throughout the summer months. There were 3 different 5Ks to choose from, and if you chose to run all 3, you were awarded a uniquely designed fourth medal! Entries were provided a themed bib, a commemorative finisher medal, and an at-home themed kit including a downloadable start line, finish line, mile markers, and a finisher certificate. While we wait for details for the 2023 season, here’s a look at what 2022 had to offer:

  • Races: 3 separate virtual 5Ks
  • Registration: Registration opened on April 5, 2022, at 10:00 AM. (Eastern Standard Time.)
  • Virtual Pricing: 
    • Challenge (all three 5K events): $159.90
    • runDisney Virtual 5K – The Original Classic: $47.97
    • runDisney Virtual 5K – The Heroic Sequal: $47.97
    • runDisney Virtual 5K – The Broadway Hit: $47.97

 

*For more information about all of the runDisney events, be sure to visit their official website.

 

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