Tinker Bell 10K 2017 Race Recap

This May, I participated in my third Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend. As usual, it was FILLED with pixie dust, magical moments and happy memories with friends. After completing the Pixie Dust Challenge last year (and the Glass Slipper Challenge just a few months before,) I decided only to run the 10K this year (it’s funny to say “only” the 10K, because a 10K is just as big of a deal!) I absolutely LOVE the 10Ks in Disneyland. They’re short and sweet, lots of park time and a little less expensive than the Half Marathons.

This year, I got to help out at the Raw Threads booth during the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. It was so much fun getting to meet so many people at the booth! I especially loved getting to meet some of our Instagram friends in person.

One HUGE improvement I saw at the Expo this year was that the official race merchandise didn’t sell out so quickly. I stopped by the race merch area a few times throughout the weekend, and they were almost always stocked with wine glasses and Tervis cups (for the past two years those wine glasses have sold out in minutes.) HOORAY for that! I also loved this super fun fairy photo op at the Pandora booth!

 

It’s no secret that we love EVERYTHING runDisney at Runs in Tutus, but I do want to touch on a couple not so great things that happened during the weekend – and then I promise I’ll get back to the five million AMAZING things that were going on.

First, let’s discuss the infamous Tinker Bell 5K character stop crisis of 2017. I did not participate in the 5K this year, but many reputable sources have confirmed that there were indeed no character stops at the 5K. There was a sighting of Captain Hook, but he was behind ropes and not available for pictures. This was a total bummer, and we still aren’t entirely sure what happened. Did someone forget to schedule the characters for that morning? Did the Evil Queen cast a dark curse, sending all the characters to Storybrooke? We may never know.

BUT the good news is that the problem seemed to be resolved in time for the 10K. I spotted lots of characters on the course including the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Chip ‘n Dale in pirate outfits, Goofy, and more. There were a few characters set up with a Photopass photographer, while others were just on the course without a photographer or designated photo stop. Personally, I really enjoyed this setup. The characters that were not at a designated photo stop were interacting with runners on the course rather than posing for pictures. This made the course really fun, and if you really wanted a photo with that particular character, you could always snap a quick selfie!

Aside from the character crisis, the other big news was that this was the first time runDisney did not use volunteers at the race. Instead, everyone distributing race bibs, giving out water or snacks during the race was paid to be there. This sounds OK in theory, but you could notice a HUGE difference. That usual enthusiasm that comes from the cheerful volunteers was missing. Some of the water stops weren’t running quite as efficiently, and there seemed to be a problem with checking IDs at bib pick-up (there was even a reported bib thief, but this may or may not have been related to the change in personnel since it had happened before.) I really missed the volunteers and how excited they were to be there. I do hope runDisney chooses to use the volunteers again in the future.

Now here’s a quick recap of race day! Melanie and Christine had just completed the Dark Side Half on the other coast so they sat this one out, but I got to dress up with my lovely friends Katie and Sam! We decided to go with a Lost Boys theme so that we could wear giant ears and tails!

There was something a little weird going on at the start line corrals. We had to walk through a really narrow entryway that got EXTREMELY backed up. I don’t remember this happening the last two years. There was a major traffic jam trying to walk to our corrals – it was so bad that I almost didn’t make it to the start line in time! I made it to my corral about 30 seconds before we started. Phew! Make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your corral at the Disneyland races in case they continue this new setup.

After the first couple miles of the 10K, we were already in the park and the magic began! I ran into a Lost Boy right away. I stopped for a quick picture, we did a quick Lost Boys crow to each other, and then I was on my way.

Gotta love running into your character on a mile marker!

I ran into lots of friends on the course! I wish I could’ve gotten a picture with everyone, but I did manage to snap a quick pic with our friends John Biel and Kirsten. John makes the BEST costumes, and we are really excited about Kirsten’s awesome new athletic clothing line Crowned Athletics. Check it out on insta: @crownedathletics!

@builtbybiel

 

@crownedathletics

The most magical moment of the weekend of course was the finish line! This was a 10K PR for me, and it was the fastest I’ve been able to run since I injured my knee a year ago. It felt SO GOOD to finish a race without knee pain. Luckily, Mickey was there to give me a victory high five! Those Mickey high fives are just the icing on top of a magical cake.

I celebrated with my friends Sam, Sarah, Katie and Pluto over brunch at Storyteller’s Cafe! It was EXTRA special because Sarah finished her VERY FIRST 10K!! Congratulations Sarah!

Next up we’ll be finishing the Virtual Running Shorts, then we’ll be participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend!! CAN’T WAIT for that new Pixar theme!

See you soon team Tutu and congratulations to ALL our friends who completed a race at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend!

-Amanda

2017 runDisney Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Race Recap

Last month, Melanie and I went to Walt Disney World for an out of this world weekend at the runDisney Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon. This race was the second Star Wars themed race for this year us as we participated in the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon in Disneyland in January.  We decided to participate in both of the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathons this year because they are part of a special challenge race series called the Kessel Run Challenge. If you complete the Star Wars Light Side Half and Dark Side Half Marathons in the same year, you get a special Millennium Falcon medal! We love extra bling, so we did not hesitate to register for both events!

To make things even more exciting, Melanie ran a 10k and a Half Marathon on the Dark Side. She earned an epic Death Star medal for completing both of those races. Here is a breakdown of how the weekend on the Dark Side went:

Expo:

We went to the race expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.  We always try to time our trips to the runDisney expos so that we avoid crowds and lines of non-runners who are there only to pillage the merch to re-sell on eBay. We’ve found in the past that the expos are less crowded in the middle of the day, so we timed our visit for early afternoon on the second day of the race expo.

No crowds at the expo! We picked out each other’s outfits =)

We were pleasantly surprised to find that this race expo had very low crowds. We had no trouble walking around the expo, taking pictures, and browsing race merchandise. Almost 100% of the race merchandise was still available when we were there, so we took the opportunity to finally snag some race themed merchandise. It’s been a couple of races since we had a full selection of race merchandise when shopping at a runDisney expo. It was quite a treat! We also had the chance to stop by the Raw Threads booth to pick up our patch for participating in the race as a Raw Threads Club Member. The race themed patches are such a fun perk of the Raw Threads Club.

Raw Threads Club race patch!

Yes! The Dark Side has sweat pants!

The expo was very Star Wars themed with Stormtroopers patrolling the expo area. There were Star Wars quotes up on the walls of the Joesten center, and some awesome wall art in the exit area from bib pick-up.  Our favorite part of the expo was the Cantina area complete with photo opportunities. We got the chance to hang out with our friend John Biel from the Not Real Runners podcast and snap a few fun pictures at the Cantina. The only thing missing was the Cantina band.

Stormtroopers on patrol at the expo!

Hanging at the Cantina with John Biel.

 

10K Race Day:

Hi! Melanie here with my recap of the Dark Side 10K.

Costume: For the 10k I wanted a fun and simple tutu due to the amount of time I needed to spend on my half marathon costume. I printed out images of TIE fighters, used mod podge to stabilize the print-outs on some craft foam, and glued the tie fighters and star confetti to a black tutu I had made for a previous race. I wore a plain black tank top and a Galaxy Sparkly Soul headband that I purchased from Sparkly Soul at the race expo.

TIE Fighter tutu for the 10k.

 

Pre-Race: I walked into the pre-race area and saw there was photo opportunities with Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Darth Vader…. and then I stopped and saw the wait to get a picture with Darth Vader was 40 minutes. I REALLY wanted a picture with Darth Vader, but after waking up at 2:30 AM to get to the race, doing the math on how much time I had to take the picture was not going well.  I basically stood in the same spot for several minutes by myself trying to figure out what I should do… BUT luckily standing out in the open aimlessly allowed me to find some friends! I ran into Christine (@disneymom05) and Jess (@jbullski) and got to chat for a few minutes and take some selfies. Running into them really helped me wake up and get excited to start the race, and I decided to head over to my corral.

Look who I found 💗✨🖤#runsintutus #starwars #starwarshalf #rundisney #disneyrunner

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Corral area:  The set up for the 10k corral area was a set up I had not seen before. The corrals were set up to where you were facing the side of the start line and could see the race announcers. It made waiting for your corral to start a much better experience. I felt excited for each corral to start because I could actually see it! The corrals were also set up in waves with a shorter time in between the start of each corral and wave. I felt like I didn’t wait long at all for my start.

Race course: As far as I know, this was a new course for a runDisney 10k. The race started in the parking lot of Magic Kingdom, and we began running down the road out of the entrance to Magic Kingdom. I didn’t find this portion to be very entertaining, but that was overshadowed by my excitement to experience a completely different course. At about the halfway point, we entered into Hollywood Studios where I found Darth Maul!

Darth Maul!!

Hollywood Studios had a lot of Stormtroopers out, and this is where I felt the course got really fun. We exited out of Hollywood Studios down a walkway to Epcot. The walkway was a little narrow which made this section fill a little crowded, but it was short and we were able to quickly spread out once we entered the World Showcase. We approached Spaceship Earth where there was a fun photo opportunity with Stormtroopers and Spaceship Earth in the background!

Race Finish: There were Stormtroopers guarding the finish line to watch all who completed what the Stormtroopers called at the beginning of the race “training” for the First Order. They warned us not to disappoint Captain Phasma, so I crossed the finish line and made Captain Phasma proud! I received my medal, banana, and box of snacks and headed back to our hotel to get ready for some Disney World park time. Overall, I really enjoyed the course entertainment and all the costumes at the 10k!

Now, back to Christine for a recap of the Half Marathon!

Half Marathon Race Day:

Costumes: Melanie and I were pretty excited about our race costumes for this event. A few months prior to the race, Melanie and I teamed up with a group of other runners who wanted to dress as Boba Fett/Disney character mash-ups.  I was a little nervous about the mash-ups because I am far more of a Disney expert than I am a Star Wars expert. Thankfully Melanie is a pretty big Star Wars buff, so she helped me make sure that my costume was as true to Boba as possible. Melanie dressed as a mash-up between warrior Mulan and Boba Fett, and I dressed as a mash-up of Mary Poppins and Boba Fett. Melanie chose Mulan because she is a super strong warrior capable of saving a nation. I chose Mary Poppins because she is practically perfect in every way, and because I really feel like the Dark Side needs more sparkle and lace.  Here are some pictures of our costumes and our group of Boba mash-ups.

Mary Fett/Boba Poppins mash-up costume. Lacy and sparkly armor was so much fun to make! Also loved the tiny umbrella and carousel horse details!

Mulan Fett. Melanie hand painted the Mushu detail on the armor!

Boba Fett mash-up group!

Our friend Sam was also in our group. She had an amazing Tink Fett mash-up!

 

Pre-race fun: We stayed at the Pop Century resort and had no problems catching a bus to the pre-race village for some fun.  There were a lot of photo opportunities before the race, but we chose to sleep a little later and forego the pre-race photo ops. We did have the chance to snap a quick picture with our Boba mash-up group and see their amazing costumes. We also had the chance to see our friends John Biel and Autumn Ziegler. They had some amazing costumes at this race. John dressed as kyber crystals which are the power source for light sabers. Autumn dressed as a sparkly 40th Anniversary edition Millennium Falcon.  After talking with Autumn and John for a couple of minutes, the most magical thing happened us. We were interviewed by THE Star Wars Show!!! As in the one on starwars.com.  The same show that interviewed CHEWBACCA MOM!  Squeeeeee! It. Was. Epic! We loved getting the chance to share a little more about our costumes and talk with a crew who really appreciated the costumes we made. Thank you, Star Wars show, for interviewing us (even though there wasn’t time to include us in the webisode)!

Pre-race with Autumn and John.

Corral area:  As was the case with the Princess Half Marathon, the Star Wars Dark Side corrals started in waves.  Each corral was divided into separate waves so that there wasn’t as much crowding at the race start. We really like this change and felt like it helped cut down on course crowding at the beginning. We were very happy to see that runDisney provided a full fireworks show at the start of each corral that was very substantial compared to what we saw at Princess Half.

Melanie and I ran in separate corrals for this race because we both weren’t feeling 100% at the start of the race. We didn’t want to hold each other back during the race. I had a cold the week leading up to the race, so I was a little concerned about how I would fare in the heat. Melanie has been battling a flare up of her autoimmune disease as well as a knee injury.

Race course: The race course for this race was a brand new course! We were very excited to have the opportunity to check it out.  The course started in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, ran towards and through Animal Kingdom, then through Hollywood Studios, through the Boardwalk area, and then finished in Epcot. This was by far our favorite race course in WDW to date! We loved that the stretch of the race that was on the highway was in the middle of the race vs. at the end of the race as is the case at other runDisney events at Walt Disney World. The first part of the race course had beautiful tree scenery and the race directors took full advantage of the scenery to add a little bit of Star Wars flair to the course. At about mile 3 the Ewoks were out in the wooded area and there was fog, lasers, and the music from the battle at Endor from the movie!! This was such a cool touch, and made for great on course entertainment during the portion of the course that was outside of the parks.  We also loved that this race ran through 3 of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks. It was very motivating to have some of the best park scenery at the end of the race as the sun was coming up and when we were getting tired.

Finish area and medals:  We loved the finish area for this race because of the awesome scenery complete with Stormtroopers and music. I was pleased that I made it to the end of the course with all my costume pieces still intact. That was a personal win for me. The most amazing part of the race finish had to be Melanie’s experience on the course! She has been working very hard on her fitness and running over the past few years, and her improvement has been unbelievable!! She has transformed into one strong warrior, and been such an inspiration to Amanda and me! Just when we thought Melanie couldn’t level-up anymore in her beast mode game, she proved us all wrong by getting a PR at Dark Side Half Marathon!!! This wasn’t just a small PR, this was THIRTY MINUTES FASTER than her fastest half marathon!! What makes this PR even more impressive is that she achieved this victory while battling an autoimmune disease flare up and a knee injury on the day after running the Star Wars 10k!! Way to go, Melanie!

Melanie after her epic PR!!

After crossing the finish line, it was time to enjoy some sweet Star Wars bling! Here is a picture of all the bling we earned over the weekend.  Melanie and I both earned the Kylo Ren medal for completing the half marathon, and the Millennium Falcon medal for completing the Kessel run challenge (the Light Side Half in Disneyland and the Dark Side Half in Disney World). Melanie also earned the Death Star medal for completing the Dark Side Challenge (the 10k and half marathon in the same weekend). The Stormtrooper medal is the medal Melanie earned for the 10k the day prior.

 

Allllll the bling!

Postrace fun: Melanie and I used the weekend as an opportunity to have a “Treat yo’self” weekend. We went to Epcot and enjoyed the topiaries and outdoor kitchens and the Flower and Garden Festival on Saturday. On Sunday, we had brunch at Ohana and went to the Magic Kingdom and watched the new Happily Ever After castle projection show. We also couldn’t pass up the chance to take the PhotoPass picture with the floating lantern from Tangled! We were sad that Amanda couldn’t join us, but she decided to stay behind in Disneyland so that she could attend Dapper Day with our friend Kirsten from Crowned Athletics. We think Amanda looked adorable at Dapper Day and had a great time that weekend, too.  All in all, it was a magical weekend!

Enjoying the Flower and Garden Festival.

We had some yummy snacks!

Breakfast at Ohana

Watching the floating lanterns gleeeeeam.

Amanda at Dapper Day in Disneyland!

That’s all we have for now!  Up next for us is a trip back to Walt Disney World to preview Pandora at Animal Kingdom.  Amanda will  also be posting her recap from the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend later this week. She represented Runs in Tutus at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Disneyland last weekend. Did you run the Dark Side Half Marathon events? If so, let us know your favorite part in the comments below.

-Christine and Melanie

 

 

 

 

DIY WALL-E Running Costume

Hello Team Tutu! At the Enchanted 10K this past February, I dressed up as Wall-E. It was a big hit, and I had so much fun running the whole race with Wall-E’s little boot and plant in hand. With the Pixar themed Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend coming up, I wanted to share a guide for making this costume. My costume making skills really aren’t that advanced, so trust me when I say you will be able to make this costume! It’s a beginner level DIY for sure.

There are basically four key components to this costume: the shirt, the visor, the tutu and the boot/plant prop.

Let’s start with the shirt. Here is what you will need:

  1. A yellow t-shirt
  2. Grey, black, red and yellow felt
  3. Hot glue
  4. Iron-on transfer paper
  5. Acrylic craft paint (I used Martha Stewart craft paint in different colors like “metallic rust,” “satin black” and “chestnut brown.)
  6. Sponges – I used a variety of natural sponges for different textures

STEP 1: Cut out the felt in different shapes to look like the front of Wall-E, then hot glue it to the front of the shirt. Here’s what mine looked like:

STEP 2: Print out and iron on the Wall-E logo at the bottom of the shirt. Optional: Print out and iron on Eva’s green plant symbol to the back of the shirt. You can use these PDFs or you can Google for the one you like best:

STEP 3: Get out the paint and sponges! Dab on some paint until Wall-E looks nice and rusty, then let dry.

Next is the visor. Here is what you will need:

  1. A visor. I recommend this one. It’s a little taller so you have space to glue on Wall-E’s eyes.
  2. Brown craft foam
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Printer

Step 1: Print out Wall-E’s eyes as big as you want them to be. I just googled a picture of him and cropped out his eyes then print it out.

Step 2: Cut out the eyes then trace the shape onto craft foam.

Step 3: Glue the paper eyes onto the craft foam and coat the top with Mod Podge. Let dry.

Step 4: Hot glue the eyes to the visor.

Now it’s time to make the tutu! Here is what you need;

  1. Elastic band
  2. Brown tulle
  3. Sewing machine OR heat n’ bond

You can reference our post on how to make a tutu for this part. I only tied tulle to the sides of the tutu so it looked like wheels.

Finally – Wall-E’s boot and plant!

Here is what you need:

  1. A boot. I went to Payless and bought a pair of children’s boots on sale for $10. It was worth it because this was my favorite part of the costume!
  2. Artificial green leaves: I cut some off of artificial roses I had in my house
  3. Styrofoam ball that fits inside the boot. This will secure the plant.
  4. Leftover paint and sponges from when you made the shirt.

Step 1: Use the sponge to dab different colors of paint on the boot to make it look old and dirty. Let dry.

Step 2: Put the styrofoam ball into the boot and then stick the stem through to secure the plant.

That’s it! You are ready to go! Wall-E is one of my favorite Pixar characters, so I’m hoping he will get lots of representation at the Disneyland Half Marathon. Good luck and make sure that plant gets to the finish line. The fate of the world is in your hands.

-Amanda

 

 

 

2017 Glass Slipper Challenge Race Recap

 Hello, friends! We’ve been back from the Princess Half festivities for almost a month now, and we are finally ready to give  a recap of all the fun of the Glass Slipper Challenge.  We usually post a recap of the 10K and the half separately, but we thought it might be fun to recap the whole experience of the Glass Slipper challenge in one extra magical post. Here is a super-sized recap of how the races went down this year:

Registration:  This was our fourth trip to the Glass Slipper Challenge, and we were really excited to head out for another magical 19.3 miles. The challenge includes the Enchanted 10k on Saturday and then the Disney Princess Half Marathon the following day.  As with the Princess 5k, we registered for the Glass Slipper Challenge via our Raw Threads Club membership. We love the ease of registering with Team Raw Threads.  For more information about the Raw Threads Club you can visit this link .

Packet pick-up/Expo: Melanie and I went to the Expo on Thursday late in the afternoon. We don’t usually go to the expo on the first day, but I had to go that day because I needed my 5k bib for the next morning.  We’ve learned from previous expo experiences that it’s not very fun to arrive at a runDisney expo when it opens. The lines tend to be long and full of non-runners who are only at the expo to buy a bunch of merchandise to re-sell on eBay.

Thankfully, we had no issues with crowds or crazy eBay merch-buying trolls when we arrived late afternoon. We were able to walk around the expo without any issues, and even had a chance to snag the coveted Tervis water bottle!  Amanda went to the expo on Friday, and also had no issues with packet pickup. We loved the race shirts this year!  We especially liked the fact that the Glass Slipper Challenge shirt paid tribute to Cinderella rather than Beauty and the Beast.

No long lines at the expo when you go in the late afternoon!

 

2017 Glass Slipper Challenge shirts.

The Tervis water bottle. The back says, “Live like a Beauty, Run like a BEAST!”

The 10K -Costumes: We initially wanted to all go with the Beauty and the Beast theme for our 10k costumes. We already dressed as Mrs. Potts, Belle, Cogsworth, and Fifi the feather duster at previous races, so we had to dig deep to find some characters.  I went pretty low key and dressed as the Beast. I wore my brown tutu that I made for my Ewok costume I wore for Light Side Half in January. I bought my Beast themed shirt from a company on Etsy called Kawaiian Pizza.

Melanie and Amanda were far more creative with their costumes for this race. Melanie dressed as the Enchanted Rose and made a tutu out of the petals from one of those huge silk roses sold in the floral department at Hobby Lobby. She looked so enchanting!

Amanda went off theme for this race and made one of her best costumes to date! She decided to dress as Wall-E for this race.  It. Was. Epic. Amanda hand painted her Wall-E shirt. She made some modifications to her Ewok tutu from light side half so it looked like wheels. She also made a Wall-E face and attached it to a visor. One of the cutest touches to her costume was the adorable small boot she carried around for the entire race.

From left to right: Amanda as Wall-E, Melanie as the Enchanted Rose, and Christine as the Beast.

Amanda’s amazing boot she made to carry with her Wall-E costume.

 

10k course and medals: We arrived at the 10K in plenty of time to enjoy the pre-race party and to meet up with some friends. We got a chance to say hello to our good friend Leslie (@ldayres), and to get a good warm-up via some sweet dance moves. We take pre-race dancing very seriously.

Pre-race fun with Leslie.

Pre-race dance warm-up. We take pre-race dancing very seriously.

We love the Enchanted 10k course.  As with the 5k course, we got to run through the World Showcase and around Spaceship Earth. The 10k also includes a lap around the Boardwalk area. We adore Boardwalk area! It’s always our favorite part! We thought the crowds were pretty manageable for this race and we appreciated that the corrals started in waves this time. It seemed to minimize the crowding at the start of the race compared to previous runDisney events.  We didn’t stop for any character stops at this race but we enjoyed waving hello to the characters as we ran by. Some of the character stops were repeats from the 5k (For example, Dopey was in the same place at the 5k and the 10k). That didn’t really bother us much, but just an FYI for those who like to run in multiple races for the purpose of meeting unique characters.  We crossed the finish line together and loved the look of the Beauty and the Beast themed medal!

Princess Half Marathon costumes:  We decided to dress off-theme for this race because we had literally already dressed as every Beauty and the Beast character. Melanie dressed as Moana because that movie is amazing, and because Moana is a fierce voyager. Melanie made her costume by sewing together 2 children’s costumes. She sewed the tube top to a tank top, and it turned out to be a very comfy costume. The best part of her costume had to be the light up necklace. It was a very fun detail!

Amanda and I decided to dress as Mulan and Mushu. For the Mulan costume, I purchased a shirt from Kawaiian Pizza to save time on trying to make the top of Mulan’s dress. I made a light pink tutu with a red overlay for the skirt. I ironed on a small Cricket so that I could have some good luck on the course. I made a flower for my hair out of foam and tied a red ribbon around my hair bun. Amanda made the best Mushu costume ever.  She has mastered the art of the visor headpiece. She made an epic Mushu headpiece out of a visor and foam.  I told her she needs to write a full blog tutorial about how she made the epic headpieces for her costumes for Princess Half Weekend. She hand painted her Mushu shirt, and made a super cute dragon tail!

From left to right: Christine as Mulan, Amanda as Mushu, and Melanie as Moana.

Melanie’s Moana necklace.

 

Princess Half Marathon pre-race excitement: We stayed on property for this race because we wanted to have the perk of easy bus transportation to and from the races. We stayed at the Art of Animation resort to keep our hotel costs as low as possible so that we could have extra funds for future races. This was our first stay at a value hotel, and we enjoyed the Ariel themed room and the overall décor of the resort. The resort is very large, so we were initially concerned about waiting for a long time for race buses. We didn’t have any trouble catching a bus to the race, and the bus staff was very well organized. The bus staff made sure to pack as many people as possible on each bus.

On the day of the half marathon we were able to get right on a bus, and we were so excited to take the quick ride to the start. Our bus pulled out of the parking lot behind a line of race buses. We watched 3 buses in front of us take the left turn out of the resort towards the start.  Unfortunately, our bus driver decided to turn right instead of left out of our resort.  That’s when the not so magical craziness began.  This wrong turn meant we did not get to enter the race area in the bus entry area. We instead got the pleasure of waiting in the super long line of cars waiting to park in the parking lot for the race. It took us almost an HOUR to get to the race.  I get a lot of anxiety about arriving late (just a trait of my type A personality), so that bus ride was a pretty stressful hour for me!  We got to the pre-race area with barely enough time to take the walk to our corral. Thankfully, they started the race about 10 minutes late. Otherwise, I think we may not have made it to our corral before the start of the race.

Once we settled in our corral, we had a pretty fun time. We liked the fireworks at the start of each corral. We noticed that the Fairy Godmother was not at the start of the race as she has been in past Princess Half Marathons. We missed her magical send off at the start of the race.

Race course:  Full disclosure: we were a hot mess the week before this race. Melanie and Amanda had both been sick, and I was nursing a foot injury.  Given our less than stellar physical condition, we decided to take it easy during the half marathon. Our plan was to run until we got to Magic Kingdom, and then to chill and take it easy for the rest of the race.  This race was far from a PR for us.

The first few miles of the race course are not in any of the parks. We felt comfortable just running a steady pace and not stopping before we got on park property. There were several character stops on the course before entering the parks so there was plenty of entertainment to see. We passed Jack Sparrow, the Pixie Hollow Fairies, and the Villains all before entering the Magic Kingdom.  The best part of the first few miles was when Melanie saw Moana cheering us on from one of the overpasses. Melanie yelled, “AHHHH MOANA!! WE KNOW THE WAY!!!” Then Moana said, “Yes, we know the way!” It was super inspiring.

Once in the Magic Kingdom, we noticed higher crowds relative to previous Princess Half Marathons. Even though we were in about the same corral as last year, we had a lot more people around us while running at the castle. We always come to this race prepared to share the course with a lot of other people, so the crowds didn’t bum us out too much. The Princess Half is the happiest race ever. Crowds or no crowds, it’s one of our favorite race experiences.  We still managed to take a good castle pic in front of the castle, which is pretty much the number one goal of the race course for us. Here is our pic from the front of the castle.

Our castle picture. This is where you stop to take a picture after running through the castle.

Speaking of the castle…. You may have noticed I did not share a picture of our running through the castle moment. Instead of a running thought the castle pic, here is a PSA for any princesses who plan to run the race in the future. The photo pass picture as you are running through the castle is meant to be an action shot.  Please don’t stop running as soon as you see a photo pass photographer at the castle. You can stop and take a pic in front of the castle as soon as you run through the castle.   If you stop running suddenly during a race, the person behind you may not be ready to stop, and you are likely to create a collision with a fellow princess. I feel so bad because this is exactly what happened to us as we ran through the castle. Several people in front of us stopped suddenly and I accidentally ran into them because I was not prepared for a sudden stop. I almost stumbled over the girl in front of me!  I felt horrible.   I know that running through the castle is the highlight of the Princess Half Marathon. The thought of running through the castle is literally the only thing magical enough to get me off my rear to train for a race. It can be so tempting to want to stop in the middle of the castle to take it all in (Especially considering how pricey it is to run a runDisney event!). That being said, it is really unsafe to stop suddenly in the middle of a race. So, for your safety and the safety of those around you, please don’t slam on the breaks when you see the castle.

Ok, now that the PSA is over, let’s continue with the magical coverage of the second half of the Princess Half Marathon race course! This is the point in the course where we went into chill mode. We walked a lot of the stretch between Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We stopped to take a picture with Mary Poppins Penguins, and we got a chance to meet a few of our Instagram friends in real life on the course.

We were pretty delighted to run into the Princess Men! We loved all of their costumes this year. Especially, Christopher (@biggsjeep on Instagram) as Mulan. John Remus coordinates the Princess Men crew, and he did an incredible job writing a recap of all of their adventures at the princess half marathon. We highly recommend you check out their recap here .

We also got the chance to catch up with the lovely Rachelle and Erica from @reignitefit.  It was fun to get to know them on the course, and to find out that they are literally my neighbors! I hope to see them around the corner from my house soon!

The lovely ladies from @reignite fit on Instagram!

As we got closer to Epcot, the sun began to get warmer. We decided to pick up our pace and avoid a sunburn (redhead problems are real, y’all).  Amanda made a quick stop at the medic tent so she could cut the sleeves off her Mushu shirt, and we guzzled a few gummy bears for fuel. Other than that, we were in full speed ahead mode as we went through EPCOT.  When we got to the last mile of the course, Amanda and I squealed with delight because we saw MUSHU!! We jumped for joy, and obviously had to stop for a pic with him. It was our favorite character stop from the course.

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We were elated the see the finish line of this course because all three of us were ready for some rest time.  We loved the finish line because got 3 medals at the end of this race! We got the gorgeous Enchanted Rose medal, the Glass Slipper Challenge medal, and the blue 10th Anniversary Coast to Coast medal for running this race and Light Side Half in Disneyland. They also handed out pink drawstring backpacks at the finish line.

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Princess swag.

Woo hoo! We finished!

After the race we took a long nap, and then we headed to the parks to eat all the foods. All in all, it was a great race weekend!

Well, that’s all for now!  Let us know what you thought about the Princess Half weekend in the comments section below. Next up for us is the Dark Side Half Marathon weekend in Disney World in April. Will we see you there?

-Christine

 

 

 

2017 runDisney Princess 5k Race Recap

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.

Mrs. Potts and Chip. Ashlea’s mom made them!

Thank you to Ashlea’s mom for the tutu overlay fabric!

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)!

@copelycoture looked amazing!

Always great to see @jbullski! (Photo credit to her for this pic)

Finally got to meet @lalalenz and @critterclubhouse ! (repost from @lalalenz on Instagram)

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!

Our group picture with the fabuous friends we met at the pre-race party. Thank you @la.lee11 for letting us hang with your group!

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 lovely Laura from @joyful_miles

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!

The mile markers were adorable!

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.

Congrats to Ashlea and her daughter on their first 5k!

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.

-Christine

Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Recap

Hello, team tutu! We are so excited about our 2017 race schedule. We are registered for so many fun races and adventures this year including the Disney Princess Half Marathon, Tinker Bell 10K and more! Thanks to our Raw Threads Club membership, we’ve been able to register for all of the upcoming runDisney races with ease. We started our 2017 race fun off with a trip to Disneyland for the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon. This was our first time participating in this event and we loved the entire experience. Here is a quick review of some of our favorite moments from the weekend:

Race Expo:

The last few runDisney race expos that we’ve experienced have been pretty crowded and a lot of official race merchandise has sold out within hours of expo opening. We’ve started to arrive at runDisney expos prepared for crowds and limited race merchandise availability. Melanie and Amanda arrived at the expo on Friday evening and I came to the expo on Saturday. We were relieved to find low crowds and some of the race merchandise still available on Friday and Saturday. This was a great surprise. Melanie and Amanda were both able to snag the coveted Tervis tumbler along with some other cute merch! Packet pickup was a breeze and the long sleeved race shirts were a nice perk!

The best part of the race expos is getting a chance to catch up with some of our friends. We were excited to see so many of our friends at the expo. We got the chance to see our friends from Run all the Races, Chase this Skirt, and Raw Threads.

 

Race Day:

We drove to the race and parked at the Mickey and Friends parking garage. It was a breeze parking and getting to our corrals in time for the start of the race. The quick commute to the corrals was a relief for us because we were definitely not feeling 100% on race day. Melanie and Amanda were both fighting a cold and I was nursing some nagging foot pain. We were slow getting up that morning but thankfully traveled quickly to our corrals. Race day weather was a little chilly at the start, but quickly it warmed up to a very comfortable temperature.

We decided to dress as Ewoks for this race. We wore brown tutus and sleeveless Ewok hoodies from Her Universe. About a week before the race, I found some adorable Ewok felties on Etsy and decided to make Ewok hair bows. The Ewok bows were my favorite part of the race costume.

The race course was absolutely amazing! It was entertaining and not very crowded. This was by far our favorite runDisney course to date! That’s saying a lot considering how much we love princess things. The first 4 miles of the course ran through the parks. There were several character stops in the parks and lots of opportunities for pictures.

We ran through Fantasyland and Cars Land. The highlight of the park portion of the course had to be running past It’s a Small World. The attraction was still decorated for the holiday with beautiful lights. As I ran towards the attraction, I was giddy as I saw the pretty lights from afar. My giddiness was momentarily squelched because as soon as I ran up to the front of the attraction the lights turned off as the timer turns the lights off daily at 6:30 AM. Thankfully there were some WONDERFUL cast members working in front of the attraction. As soon as I disappointingly asked what happened to the lights, Brian and his team radioed for help and got the attraction lights turned back on for the remainder of the race!!! It. Was. Magical!!!!!

We were initially concerned about the second half of the race course as a majority of the course was outside of the park property. When we ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May we found the second half of the race course to be less than entertaining. That was definitely not the case at Star Wars Half! The second half of the course actually ended up being the best part of the race! There were so many spectators cheering on the course and there were two cosplay groups out in some of the most amazing costumes. We all took the opportunity to take as many pictures as possible with the cosplayers out on the course. The cosplayers gave us the boost of energy we needed to finish the race!

All 3 of us made it across the finish line and earned the gorgeous spinner medal! We all agreed that Star Wars Light Side Half is our new favorite race course!

After the race, we headed to the parks wearing some new accessories I made for the weekend. We had some Star Wars themed ears and vintage Disney movie poster inspired tote bags. The parks were pretty crowded due to the holiday weekend, but we still managed to take a trip back to ride It’s a Small World Holiday. That attraction was completely worth braving the crowds in the park!

This was a quick trip for us. We headed back to normal life on the Monday after the race. We were sad to leave the Star Wars fun so quickly, but we know we will be back to the magic next month at Princess Half.

That’s all the race highlights for now! Did you go to Star Wars Half? If so, let us know your favorite part of the weekend!

-Christine

2016 Disney Princess Enchanted 10K and Expo Recap

FullSizeRender-1The Runs in Tutus team has just returned from our trip to the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. This is our version of the Super Bowl. We wait all year for this race because it is our absolute favorite. Now that we’ve said goodbye to the Princess life and returned home, we are so excited to relive the magic on the blog! Since this adventure was so extensive, we’ll be publishing a few posts over the next couple weeks to recap all the different events.

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo Recap

This was our third time participating in the Glass Slipper Challenge which includes both the Enchanted 10K and Princess Half Marathon for a total of 19.3 miles. The weekend began with the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo which is one of the BEST race expos around. There is nothing like the goofy photo ops that you find at the Princess Expo!

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The energy and enthusiasm at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is unlike any other race event I’ve been to, and it brings out some of the very best race vendors. We were able to visit a lot of our favorite booths including Raw Threads, Sweaty Bands, Sparkly Soul and The Stick. We also ran into a few new booths including Disney Style and the BFF Miracle Body Buffer (I purchased this and I’m obsessed with it, but I’ll save that for another post.)

Melanie and Christine arrived on Thursday hoping to snag some of the official runDisney merch before it sold out, but the popular items were gone a mere 30 minutes after the expo opened. We shook it off though and still had a great time. Here is some of the cute merchandise we did get to see:

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Expo merch from runDisney, New Balance & Raw Threads

At this year’s Expo, New Balance was selling Dumbo, Mickey, Minnie and Ariel inspired shoes in collaboration with runDisney. I was so excited to purchase the Ariel shoes! I signed up on the virtual queue for Friday and the process was surprisingly well organized. The shoes came with purple seashell clips and you had the option to purchase Flounder clips for $5. These are the most comfortable New Balance shoes I’ve purchased so far from the runDisney collection.

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New Balance Shoes

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Close-up of Ariel inspired shoes

Disney Princess Enchanted 10K Recap

After finishing up all the expo shenanigans, it was time for race day! The Disney Princess Enchanted 10K is the first race in the Glass Slipper Challenge. Since this year’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend was Ariel themed, we decided to dress up in costumes inspired by The Little Mermaid. Melanie dressed up as Ursula, I was one of Ariel’s sisters Alana, and Christine made an awesome Ariel with her red hair!

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Christine finishes strong as Ariel

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Melanie sporting a tutu as Ursula

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Me representing Daughter of Triton Alana.

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Group shot with our friends

This race was extra special for us, because we were lucky enough to have three of our cousins join us! Our cousins Don, Bernadette and Deidra completed their very first race at the Enchanted 10K! We are so proud of their accomplishment – and their impressive costume design skills. It can take a lot of courage to register for your first race, but all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and then before you know it, you’re at your first finish line!

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Congratulations Don, Bernadette and Deidra!

The Enchanted 10K was action packed with magic, so it’s hard to narrow down the best parts. After much deliberation, here are a few of the most memorable highlights for us!

  • Meeting some of our blog and Instagram friends – We were lucky to run into some of our virtual friends at this race. We’re always excited to finally meet the supportive friends we’ve found in the online community. These friendships are what really set a runDisney race apart from any other race.

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    We ran into @disneymom05 at the 10K! We LOVED her Ariel costume

  • The Fairy Godmother and fireworks at the start line – “Salaca doo la menthicka boo la, 3, 2, 1!”
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Start Line

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Fairy Godmother starts the race!

  • Elsa and Anna giving shout-outs from the overpass and making SNOW!

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  • Running around the Epcot World Showcase – This was one of my absolute favorite parts. I love running past the different pavilions, and we even ran into a few characters along the way like Pinocchio in Italy and Lumiere and Cogsworth in France!
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Lumiere and Cogsworth

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Characters in Italy

  • THE FAIRIES – always a crowd favorite

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    Fairies!

  • Running on Disney’s Boardwalk – It’s beautiful AND a little easier on the joints than all that pavement. It would be fun to stay in one of the hotels here one time!

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  • The incredible spectators and fellow runners. There is nothing like the camaraderie that you find at a runDisney race. You don’t have to go far to find a friend. There is always someone close by to give you support or tell you to keep going. The spectators also seem to go that extra mile to help get you to the finish. This is always a runDisney race highlight for me and one of the reasons I keep going back.

What were some of the Enchanted 10K highlights for you? We’re looking forward to attending again in 2017! We hope to see you there with us!

-Amanda

10k finish

One of my favorite things in life is crossing a finish line with my big sister. I was so happy to do it again at the 2016 Enchanted 10K.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: How and Why You Should Register

The Runs in Tutus team has been doing some extensive planning for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November. We will soon be posting some information about our planned activities which will likely include wine tastings, special tours, Eat to the Beat concerts and more. In the meantime, one of the most important times of the year has arrived: REGISTRATION FOR THE DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND! I consider this to be the Superbowl of runDisney. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the runDisney races I’ve run. I even enjoyed the 2012 Tower of Terror 10 Miler despite it being so hot and humid I almost puked at the finish line. But there is something about the Princess weekend that makes it even more magical than the rest.

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All four Runs in Tutus runners are already officially registered for the 2016 Glass Slipper Challenge which includes the Enchanted 10K and the Disney Princess Half Marathon for a total of 19.3 miles. The official registration for all races associated with the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend will open up on July 14th at 12PM eastern time. Now that the race has become so popular, you literally need to be at your computer at 11:55AM ready to register when the clock hits 12. Do not pull a Cinderella and start running to your computer at 12:02. When registration opens, it will take you to a virtual queue based on who got to the site first, then you will be able to register when it’s your turn.

You may feel extremely stressed during this time. The race WILL sell out and it will happen fast. JUST BE PREPARED!

If you would like to avoid registering through the virtual queue, there are a few other options. Caroline got access to early registration by being an Annual Passholder. Melanie, Christine and I registered through one of the runDisney travel providers. With this option, you purchase both your race bib and hotel at the same time by contacting the travel agent. They haven’t listed the travel providers on the Princess website yet, but they’ve already started selling bibs. Some may have sold out already, but you should give it a shot. The travel providers sometimes receive more race bibs later on if they sell out (or so I’ve heard). Here are some you can try:

  • Acclaim Travel
  • Cruise Planners
  • Cruise Planners-I Can Show You The World
  • Dream Departures Travel
  • Foerster Travel
  • GET Sports
  • Girl on the Run
  • Heart of the Valley Travel
  • Marathon Tours
  • Once Upon A Time Vacations

Another option is to run through a charity organization. Not only does this guarantee you a race bib, but you also get to raise money for a great cause! They have not listed the charities yet, but there are more and more each year that you can run with. They even had the ASPCA listed as an option for the Wine and Dine this year. Just keep checking the Princess registration page here. Click on “registration” then click on “charity groups.”

I know what you’re thinking. This registration process sounds like a nightmare – why should I bother with it? Here are FIVE reasons why you SHOULD NOT miss the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. 

1. It is perfectly acceptable to wear a tiara and sash from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. In fact, if you wear a tiara, virtually every Disney cast member will refer to you as “princess” throughout the weekend. 
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2. You can pretend like you’re a kid again and dress up like your favorite princess. This is strongly encouraged and the costumes get more elaborate every year. Here are a few of the costumes we’ve had over the years:

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Rapunzel, Mulan, Princess Tiana

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Elsa, Ariel, Vanellope von Schweetz, Mrs. Banks “Votes for Women” costume

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Evil Stepsisters

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Silvermist

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From left to right: Glamour Cinderella, Pink Dress Cinderella and Maid Cinderella

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Mad Hatter and Rapunzel with Fairy Godmother

3. You can buy tickets to attend Pasta in the Park the night before the race. We tried this last year and were amazed to find it was a BLAST. The evening was “Arabian Nights” themed with character appearances from Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar and Genie. There was also a dance party, a magician going around to tables doing card tricks, and Mickey ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

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4. The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend has the best race expo and the best race merchandise. There are so many fun things happening at the race expo! Our absolute favorite thing is the goofy photo booth opportunities. Be sure to arrive early so you don’t miss out on the awesome race merch like cute wine glasses, shirts and mugs. Here are some of the fun photo booth opportunities over the past few years:

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5. The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is the ultimate girls’ night out. I use this weekend to do all the extremely girly things that I love with the girls that I love. We sew costumes, have a tea party, wear tutus and tiaras, meet princesses and have the time of our lives. We even meet other runners who are doing the same thing, and we all relish our girl power awesomeness. This race weekend is a place to be yourself. You can be that Disney fanatic who loves Princess Tiana and has seen The Princess and the Frog a hundred times. You can wear the most extravagant costume, cover yourself in glitter, and you will fit right in. You don’t want to miss this race because it’s a place to be HAPPY, make friends and celebrate SISTERHOOD!

Are you convinced yet? We are really looking forward to meeting new princesses at the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. We hope to see you there!

-Amanda

Five Must-Have Craft Supplies for Race Costumes

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Making race costumes has to be my favorite thing about running a race at Disney. I try to keep my costume making as simple as possible because unfortunately I have to go to work and do all those other grownup things that really cramp my style. Today, I thought I’d share my top 5 favorite craft tools for making race costumes.

 

 

1. Hot Glue: Oh how I love thee… let me count the ways….. I think I have used hot glue on some component of every single costume I’ve ever made. Hot glue can be used to attach felt, ribbon, buttons and embellishments to shirts, skirts and headpieces. Hot glue guns are cheap and easy to find at any craft store. 

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2. Printable Iron-on paper: You can find this paper at craft stores and office supply stores. I use iron-on paper to print and transfer logos onto costume pieces. You can buy iron-on paper for white fabrics, colored fabrics, and breathable fabrics. Make sure you purchase the correct type of iron-on material for the fabric you are working with.

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3. Craft foam: Craft foam is very forgiving and can be found in many shapes and colors at craft stores. I find it to be appealing because it’s light weight and easy to cut with general purpose scissors. Most craft stores devote an entire aisle to this magical material. We use adhesive black foam to make mickey ears, and we use foam visors to make crowns and other head pieces. Melanie cut out leaf shapes for her Vidia costume and sewed them together in her sewing machine.

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4, Heatbond: This versatile material can be used as a no-sew solution to help you attach pieces of fabric. I’ve used this material to put ribbon trim on tote bags, hem shirts, and attach fabric appliques to costumes. You can also use heat bond on elastic to make a waist band for a tutu. Click here for a tutu tutorial

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5. Headbands: Many characters have crowns or headpieces that are an essential component of the character’s look. I purchase these cheap headbands at the craft store in packages of 2-3. They are small metal headbands that make it easy to hot glue fabric or craft foam to make a head piece. Here are a few of the looks we’ve created with plain metal headbands.

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That’s all the tips I’ve got for now. Do you have any go to craft materials? I am always looking to add to my collection. Happy Crafting!

-Christine

Five Tips for Making the Perfect Race Costume

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Costumes are one of the best things about participating in a themed race. The perfect race costume can be magical, but a not so perfect race costume can be miserable. I’ve experienced both the magic and the misery that can come from attempting 13.1+ miles in a costume, so I thought I’d share a few tips for picking the perfect race costume!

 

1. Choose breathable fabrics: Choose a base for your costume that includes workout friendly wicking material. This might mean you have to do a little bit of creative shopping, but it is well worth the hunt! Nothing ruins race fun like chafing from heavy fabrics. I like to look for cheap, solid color workout shirts from Walmart and Target. They work great as a base and are often less than 10 dollars!

  • Precautionary anecdote: At the Tower of Terror 10 Miler a few years ago, we decided to all wear pirate costumes. Life got crazy and I didn’t have the time to make a race costume. It was close to Halloween, so I went to a costume store and picked up the first costume that looked pirate-like and low cost. My costume was made for teens so the arm holes were a little snug and the top was made of velvet. Yes, you read that correctly. I ran a race in 100% humidity and 86 degree temps in a velvet Halloween costume. I thought I was going to pass out before the end of the race. At one point, I considered asking the medical tent to cut it off of me so I could breathe. The only saving grace of that costume decision was that we got selected to be on the Disney blog for a race costume contest. Here is a picture of my race costume disaster:

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2. Consider weather fluctuations: This seems like a pretty obvious tip, but it can be tricky to plan around weather. For example, I’ve run the Princess Half Marathon 3 times, and the temperature has been anywhere from 40-85 degrees. I try to be as flexible as possible with my costumes. If I need a shirt with a logo, I make an iron on logo and wait until I see the race day weather forecast before choosing long sleeves, short sleeves or tank top. Tutus and sparkle skirts are also a great way to have a costume that can work in a variety of temps. If it’s cold, you can simply wear running tights or capris under your tutu or sparkle skirt. If it’s warmer, you can wear running shorts. You can also wear fun accessories like running sleeves that are easy to remove should you get warm while running.

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3. Keep it simple: I love Pinterest, but sometimes I find crazy costume projects that are time consuming, stressful, and way out of my league. You don’t have to become a seamstress or find a gang of sewing mice friends to create a great race costume. The truth is, a race costume really only needs to make it through the race. I use shortcuts like hot glue, safety pins, and iron on materials to help make the costume prep less time consuming… and when all else fails, I hop on Etsy and outsource the costume to a pro.

Here are some examples of a few shortcuts I’ve taken in the costume department!

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4. Check race rules: Planning on going as your favorite superhero with an epic mask? Want to carry a plastic shield? Before you make that extreme costume decision, be sure to check the guidelines for costumes at your particular race. Many races do not allow costume accessories that might conceal your face such as a mask or full face paint.

5. Take your costume for a test ride: It’s never a good idea to try something for the first time on race day. Once you have all your costume pieces together, it’s time to take that costume for a spin! Make sure you are comfortable with the weight and feel of the material.

That’s all for now, running friends. Hope these tips help you make your best race costume yet!

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“There’s nothing to it really!”

-Christine