runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series Recap

2016-10-04_11-04-09_000Happy fall, Team Tutu!   We are currently training and preparing for our next trip to Disney World in November for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  We love fall races, but logging the training miles in the heat of summer can be a challenge!  We signed up for the first ever runDisney Virtual Running shorts series to help keep us motivated to keep our training up over the summer.  This was a three part series of virtual 5ks with a Mickey Mouse theme (Red Pants 5k, Yellow Shoe 5k, and White Glove 5k). The races could be done as an individual event or as a challenge that required registration for all three races. We elected to complete the Virtual Running Shorts Challenge because it included a bonus medal and a runDisney tumbler. We can’t resist an up-sell on Disney merch and medals!

Here is our experience completing the Virtual Running Shorts events:

Registration:  Race registration for the challenge was a breeze. We registered the day the event was announced and the process was very similar to other runDisney events. The time window to complete each event was clearly printed on the registration information, and it was clearly communicated that no proof of finish would be required to receive medals. Other than that, there wasn’t a lot of information from runDisney following registration. We had to do a bit of searching to find details on where to find printable race bibs, and when to expect the medals to be mailed. We learned it is important to follow runDisney on all forms of social media, and to follow the individual pages for each race. The race included a free printable bib, and bib download information was initially released on the event page for the races on Facebook.  The race bibs were adorable, so we were really happy we figured out how to download and print them.


Pre-race fun:  We had never done a virtual race series like this before, so we decided to make the event as fun as possible. We selected a day to run each of the events, and wend to our Instagram, Twitter, and blog to recruit as many friends as possible to run virtually with us. It was so much fun to feel like we had a team of tutu friends running with us for each of the 5ks! We had over 100 friends run with us!



Yellow Shoe 5k:

Amanda’s experience:  Amanda ran the Yellow Shoe 5k in Washington, DC and took a tour of the monuments. She had so much fun pretending she was running through the castle in Disneyland!


Melanie’s experience: Melanie ran the Yellow Shoe 5k in Austin, TX. To make the event a little more magical, she made an adorable shirt inspired by the logo we made for our free printable stickers. The magical shirt made bearing the Texas heat much easier!2016-10-04_10-35-24_000

Christine’s experience: Christine ran the Yellow Shoe 5k with her good friend Ashlea. It was Ashlea’s first runDisney event, and her first ever 5k! Ashlea’s daughter joined in on the fun, too! They dressed in tutus, and Mickey themed shirts. They even made mile markers and a finish line to help make the race extra magical. In a moment of ultimate magic, Christine’s yellow shoe 5k picture was selected as the runDisney fan of the week pic!!!! It was truly an awesome first race for Ashlea and her daughter!2016-07-04_003121000_f9bcb_ios


Red Pants 5k:

Amanda’s experience: Amanda completed this event with a little help from her adorable doggies!  They strolled through the streets of DC for an extra magical family 5k!

Melanie and Christine’s experience: Melanie came to Fort Worth and joined Christine and her friends for the Red Pants 5k. They elected to dress in Alice in Wonderland themed attire from Raw Threads because the new Alice in Wonderland movie had just been released. They made mile markers and used the same finish line from the first race. In yet another ultimate magic moment, Christine and Melanie’s Red Pants 5k picture was selected as the Raw Threads fan of the month picture!!2016-07-04_014132000_2008a_ios


White glove 5k:

Amanda’s experience: Amanda finished up the virtual race series with one last run through DC with friends before she moved to Dana Point, CA!  She was sad to say goodbye to her friends, but she is super excited that she now lives 35 miles from Disneyland!!

Melanie’s experience: Melanie got hit with some oppressive temps and rain in Austin, so she took her white glove 5k to the treadmill. Melanie managed to make the treadmill look extra magical by rocking her race bib and listening to some Disney tunes.

Christine’s experience: Christine ran the last race with her friend Ashlea, Ashlea’s daughter, and her friend Leslie.  They went with a princess theme because they were all hyped up about princess half registration. Thankfully, they had just enough red streamers left to take some epic finish line pics!


Medals: It took exactly 30 days from the end of the race series for the medals and tumbler to arrive. It seemed like a long wait, but it was definitely WORTH IT!  runDisney did not mess around with these medals. They are HUGE (as in bigger than nearly every runDisney medal we own).  The tumbler is hand wash only, but very adorable. It is Tervis style, but is not a Tervis brand. It isn’t as durable as some of the Tervis tumblers we own. Melanie’s tumbler arrived with cracks in the bottom, but after a quick email to runDisney, they sent out a replacement tumbler. We thought it was a nice touch to include the tumbler with the challenge race. Especially considering how hard it is to grab a tumbler during a traditional runDisney race expo.


Overall, we had a great experience doing the virtual races and would definitely do them again. It was a great way to stay motivated to train over the summer months.  A special thank you to all our team tutu friends who joined us virtually for the 5k events. It was so much fun to see all your pictures and to share this fun experience with people who love running and Disney as much as we do. It looks like runDisney is planning to continue the virtual races in 2017. 2017 Virtual Shorts information  is up on their website with some hints that there could be a new theme to the medals next year! Perhaps Pluto??

Next up for us: Lumiere’s 2 Course Challenge! We hope to see some of you in real life at the race!


That’s all for now , friends!




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