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Your Guide to runDisney Events 2022-2023 (updates for the 2022-2023 season!)

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Runners and non-runners alike love runDisney events! Train, dress up, spot your favorite characters, capture breath-taking 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 in-person runDisney events at Walt Disney World! Each of the races also offers virtual race options for those most comfortable running at home or for those who simply can’t make the trip to Disney World to race in person.

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.)

In 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 5-8, 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
    • 5K: $84.21

 

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: Races are selling out quickly!
    • 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

 

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! The course is inspired by fan-favorite races including Expedition Everest 5K (nighttime race that includes a scavenger hunt), Race for the Taste 10K (Ratatouille-themed), and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler (held in the morning rather than at night). Disney also held “Sunrise Yoga” for the 2022 event, so it is likely to return in 2023.

While Disney has yet to announce details for the 2023 event, here are the details for the 2022 race weekend to give you an idea of what we might expect:

  • Races: 5K, 10K, 10-Miler
  • Registration: Registration opened on December 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM for Club runDisney Gold & Platinum Members, and on December 9, 2021, at 10:00 AM for general registration. General Registration for Virtual Races opened on December 14, 2021, 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, March 31, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • Friday, April 1, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 2, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • In-Person Pricing: This race is completely sold out for 2022.
    • runDisney Springtime Suprise Challenge (all 3 races): $445
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler (April 3): $190
    • Race for the Taste 10K (April 2): $135
    • Expedition Everest 5K (March 31): $100
    • runDisney Springtime Suprise Sunrise Yoga (March 31): $95
  • Virtual Pricing: 
    • runDisney Springtime Suprise Challenge (all 3 races): $305
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler: $105
    • Race for the Taste 10K: $89
    • Expedition Everest 5K: $75

 

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend: November 3-6, 2022

Spaceship Earth in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comThis race takes place during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and will “explore the music, stories and culinary delights found around World Showcase.”

  • 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 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: All in-person races are currently sold out, but tickets are still available for the post-race party.
    • 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 (currently sold out)

 

runDisney Virtual Series: June 1, 2022 – August 13, 2022

This summer, guests are invited to take part in celebrating Frozen with runDisney. There are 3 different 5Ks to choose from, and if you choose to run all 3, you will be awarded a uniquely designed fourth medal! Entries will include 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.

  • Races: 3 separate virtual 5Ks
  • Registration: Registration will open 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 (currently sold out)
    • runDisney Virtual 5K – The Heroic Sequal: $47.97 (currently sold out)
    • runDisney Virtual 5K – The Broadway Hit: $47.97 (currently sold out)

 

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

 

Looking to take part in any of the runDisney events? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation!


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