Hello, Team Tutu! It’s been a busy few weeks since our magical trip to Princess Half Marathon weekend! We’ve finally recovered from all the fun, and we are ready to share some recaps from the weekend. Let’s kick off our recap series with a review of all the fun from the Princess 5k!
I was so excited about this 5k because it was my first ever runDisney 5k. It’s been difficult to include a 5k in our travel plans in the past because the runDisney 5ks are usually on Fridays (work really cramps our style). Plus, the thought of adding an extra 3.2 miles to the 19.3 miles required to complete typical runDisney challenge didn’t sound like something I was ready to conquer. I decided to run the Princess 5k because my friend Ashlea and her daughter committed to running the Princess 5k as their first ever 5k race! Ashlea and her daughter got the runDisney bug this summer when they participated in the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts series. They had so much fun on the virtual runs that they wanted to see what a runDisney experience was like in Disney World. As soon as I heard they were interested in the 5k, I jumped at the chance to join them for the fun!
Here is how the race experience went:
Registration: We had a pretty easy registration experience this year because we were all able to register with Team Raw Threads. I am a Raw Threads Club member and one of the awesome club perks is early race registrations for yourself and sometimes up to 2 family members or very close friends. I was able to snag a bib for myself and 2 bibs for Ashlea and her daughter without any stress. If you are a big runDisney fan, and love the Raw Threads apparel, it is definitely worth it to purchase a club membership!
Costumes: As soon as we heard the theme was Beauty and the Beast, Ashlea’s daughter asked if we could dress as Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Belle. Our costumes were really easy to put together. I had just finished dressing as Mrs. Potts for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, so I had some left over fabric laying around that I was able to give to Ashlea so that they could make their Mrs. Potts and Chip costumes. Ashlea’s mom is an amazing seamstress and she made adorable Mrs. Potts and Chip costumes for Ashlea and her daughter! Like a true seamstress, Ashlea’s mom had some gold sparkle fabric laying around that was perfect for my Belle costume. She graciously donated it to me so that I could make an overlay for my Belle tutu. It was the perfect addition to the costume! The rest of my costume was a breeze to make because I borrowed Amanda’s Belle inspired tank top from last year’s Princess Half. I made a new rose embellishment for the top out of some of the scrap sparkle fabric, and then used a remaining scrap as a ribbon for my hair.
Pre-race fun: The 5k pre-race party was hands down my favorite of the weekend! It wasn’t overly crowded, and the vibe was a lot less intense than the other races. We got to see so many of our friends during the pre-race party because it was very easy to walk around and say hello! We had the pleasure of seeing a few of our Instagram friends in real life. It was great to see Jessica (@jbullski), Kimberly (@belle898), Cindy (@copleycoture), and Lara and her sister (@lalalenz & @critterclubhouse)!
As soon as we walked into the pre-race party, we ran into a group wearing some of the most amazing Beauty and the Beast costumes we saw all weekend (they actually had amazing costumes for all the weekend. Check out their full group on Instagram @la.lee11)! They had almost every Beauty and the Beast character accounted for in the group. We were in awe and stopped to talk with them for a few minutes. As it turns out, they did not have a Mrs. Potts, Chip, or Belle in gold in their group. When we all stood together talking we created quite a scene because we were literally the full cast of the movie! Several runners even asked to take pictures with us! RunDisney announcer Carissa noticed our costumes and came over to give our group a shout out on the big screen and on her Instagram! It was fun to meet Carissa!
Race start: We were able to make it to our corral without any problems and had a few minutes to warm up and take a drink of water before the race started. This year runDisney started a new system with the corral starts. Each corral is divided into waves rather than starting all at once. It seemed to keep the race start fairly uncrowded. We were in the second wave of our corral, and right before our wave started Carissa headed back towards us to do pre-race interview. Carissa walked towards us and the next thing we knew she was interviewing Ashlea’s daughter! When we crossed the start, Ashlea’s daughter looked at me and said, “Do they always interview you before the race starts?” She was surprised to hear that we had never been interviewed before =).
I was a little sad that we didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of Ashela’s sweet daughter on the big screen. Shortly after the start of the race, we got the chance to meet Laura, the lovely blogger behind Joyful Miles. Laura is such a nice person. She greeted us with a smile and let us know she got some video of our pre-race interview. We were so thankful she caught the moment on camera! She went the extra mile (pun intended) of sending us the video during the race! Now that’s some serious multitasking.
The race course: This race course was also my favorite of the weekend (and no, it’s not because it was the shortest =) ). Nearly all of the 5k course was in Epcot! We ran around the whole World Showcase and around Spaceship Earth. We even got the chance to take a picture with some great characters. Everyone looked like they were having a great time. There were lots of families running together, and there were a lot of amazing costumes on the course!
Finish and post-race fun: Ashlea and her daughter did a great job pacing themselves during the 5k. We took it easy and enjoyed ourselves at the beginning, and then finished the race strong. The medal for this race is one of my favorite runDisney medals to date. The medal features Mrs. Potts and Chip and is a pretty equal size to the other medals from the Princess Half weekend. runDisney recently upgraded the 5k medals from a plastic medal to medals made of metal. The upgrade was very much appreciated at the finish line of this race! After the race we went to 1900 Park Fare for a celebratory brunch!
All in all, this was a great 5k experience! I would definitely consider registering for another runDisney 5k in the future.
That’s all for the 5k recap… stay tuned for a recap of the rest of the weekend’s events and races! If you ran in the Princess 5k, leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the event.