The Most Magical Moments of 2016

Happy Holidays, team tutu! It’s been a great 2016 filled with tutu fun and running. We thought we would take a quick break from the holiday eating (and attempts to keep up our race training) to review our favorite memories from 2016.

Christine’s top 5 moments:

  • Running the Disney Princess Half Marathon dressed as Mary Poppins and getting to take this awesome picture with Ms. Practically Perfect in Every Way. 
  • These epic pickle hats Melanie and I made for the Mansfield Pickle Run.
  • That time our runDisney virtual shorts antics were featured on the runDisney Facebook page and earned us Raw Threads fan of the month!
  • Running Ohana style at the Wine and Dine 10k.
  •  Finally finishing the Tinker Bell Half Marathon! This moment sits at number one because I experienced several health setbacks in 2015 that left me unable to finish the Tink Half. I felt like 2015 had a dark curse and I wondered if I’d ever be “normal” Christine again. Thanks to the support of my family, I started feeling better and I decided that I would use the moment I crossed the finish line at Tink half as a fresh start. Crossing that finish line made me feel like I could do anything. For my fellow Once Upon a Time fans… here is the moment I “broke the curse:”

 Melanie’s top 5 moments:

  • Meeting Spiderman in Disneyland. No further comment needed. =)
  • Achieving the ultimate tutu poof when I made this live action Fairy Godmother costume for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. It was so poofy that I even had an extra-large shadow.
  • My Agent Carter castle pic. Although finishing has always been most important to me, not my pace, I set a goal this year to feel stronger and increase my pace. I worked out really hard over the past year and a half and because of that, I was able to get to Cinderella Castle earlier than I usually do at the Princess Half. I was so surprised to see a less crowded Castle picture! This is when I realized I worked hard and achieved my goal.
  • When all three of us got to run in the same corral for the Disneyland 10K and we met Max Goof! Thanks to my hard work at Princess Half, I finally had a proof of time that let me run with my sisters. It was so magical!
  • The moment my Wine & Dine half Marathon costume was featured on the runDisney website. This moment made me so happy because I have definitely spent years perfecting my costume making and race pic posing!

Amanda’s top 5 moments:

  • Riding the brand new Frozen ride during the Wine & Dine Half Marathon after party. We waited until a little later in the evening and since the crowds were starting to disperse, we only waited 20 minutes! The ride was so magical that I started crying when I saw Elsa in her ice palace.
  • Meeting Darkwing Duck at the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. This race was a tough race for us but it was 100% worth it to get this amazing picture with some of our favorite classic Disney characters! It was like re-living our childhood days all over again.
  • When my boyfriend came to the Wine & Dine 10K and took the “dine” part very seriously. High five to the Photopass photographer who snapped this epic action shot.
  • That moment I got a Disney Premier Annual Pass. I took a leap of faith and relocated across the country this year for work. One of the best perks of my new job is that I live within driving distance of Disneyland. Nothing beats a stroll down Main Street after a long day’s work.
  • When my sisters surprised me by registering for the Disneyland 10K on 2 weeks’ notice! I had just relocated from DC to California and it made me so happy to have my sisters come to my new house and get a chance to run together in Disneyland.

There were so many fun moments this year, but the best part of the year has to be all of the friends we’ve made! We all agree that the ultimate magic award of the year goes to all our team tutu friends who ran with us and shared their inspirational tutu pics with us! Thank you for inspiring us daily! Here is a collage with a few of the tutu moments from 2016.

That’s all for this year, team tutu. Let’s raise our glasses (of Gatorade?) to a tutu-rific 2016! Cheers!

 

Countdown to Tinker Bell Half Marathon: What Should I Do the Week Before the Race?

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend is officially one week away. We’ve been busy putting the final touches on all our crafts and costumes to make the weekend as magical as possible. One of our Runs in Tutus traditions is making matching tote bags and Mickey ears to wear at the parks and Expo. We are happy to say that after a sister weekend of intense crafting and eating too many homemade Mickey pancakes, these have been finished! If you see three weirdos walking around the park in coordinated outfits and matching tote bags, you have likely spotted us.

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Here are some things you can do this week to prepare for race day:

  1. Take care of your body. You want your muscles to work seamlessly on race day. Take some time this week to stretch and foam roll. You can find some foam rolling tips here. Sports massages are another great way to prepare your body, but any massage should be done at least 48 hours before the race. I’ve also become a big fan of the BFF, a body buffer that vibrates and “buffs” your muscles. This thing is awesome for getting muscles to relax and recover quickly, and even Jeff Galloway has endorsed it. If you see their booth at the Expo and you’re feeling sore or tight, definitely stop and give it a try.

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink A LOT of water throughout the week. You want to start hydrating well in advance of race day. It’s easy to forget this when traveling, so be sure to always have a bottle of water with you on long flights or road trips.
  1. Plan ahead and keep race day stress free. We already feel anxious enough about race day. Being prepared and planning in advance can help alleviate unnecessary stress. If you’re flying to the event, bring all your race items in your carry on luggage; give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport so you don’t feel rushed. Know what you’re wearing on race day and have plans for your meals, especially the night before and the morning of the race. Start packing early so you don’t forget anything! Check out our Tinker Bell Half Marathon Packing Checklist for ideas on what to bring.
  1. This isn’t a final exam; don’t try to cram. Unlike a final exam, cramming for a race is not effective. If you procrastinated on training or missed a few long runs, don’t try to squeeze it all in this week. Get in a few short runs, but don’t over do it. You will just end up feeling sore and fatigued on race day.
  1. Visualize success. Close your eyes. Imagine yourself crossing the finish line on race day. Focus in on every single detail: the crowd, your outfit, Mickey, the California sun. What does it feel like? Try to feel those exact emotions as you visualize your success. Open your eyes. Did you dream it? Good. That means you can do it.

  1. Faith. Trust. Pixie Dust. Think happy thoughts. Believe in yourself and trust that your training is sufficient. Have faith that this race will be the best race ever and make it the best race ever! Also, start to hoard pixie dust so that you have it stockpiled on race day.

See you in Disneyland!

-Amanda

10 Reasons to Attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

IMG_6030The holiday season has finally arrived, and the Runs in Tutus family is more excited than ever. Why? Because we just returned from our very first visit to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP)!! This event is basically the happiest night of all time. It combines two of our favorite things: Disney and Christmas. The party takes place at the Magic Kingdom from 7PM-12AM on select nights throughout November and December. It requires a separate event ticket that you must purchase in order to gain entry to the park on the night of the party. This event is absolutely worth it. If you plan to be in Disney World during the holiday season, you do not want to miss it. Here are ten reasons why Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a must-see event.

  1. FREE HOLIDAY TREATS

When you attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you get FREE sugar cookies and hot chocolate. There are several locations throughout the park that offer the complimentary holiday treats. All you have to do is look for the light up candy canes and the smiling cast members holding candy cane signs. We enjoyed our free treats at the Tomorrowland Terrace, and we didn’t even have to wait in line. I should also note that this was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.

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Aside from the complimentary treats, there are also a few extra special holiday themed desserts that you can purchase during MVMCP, like the Holiday Tree Cupcake at Gaston’s Tavern and the Peppermint Fudge Sundae at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

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Peppermint Fudge Sundae, photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

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Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  1. MICKEY AND HIS FRIENDS PERFORM THE NUTCRACKER

This show is adorable. It’s called “Celebrate the Season,” and it takes place in front of Cinderella Castle at multiple times throughout the night. Goofy, Mickey, Donald, Chip, Dale and more re-enact their version of the Nutcracker.

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  1. SNOW ON MAIN STREET

Throughout the entire party, there is “snow” falling all the way down Main Street!

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Snow falling on Main Street

  1. ALL OF THE CHARACTERS ARE OUT IN THEIR HOLIDAY FINERY

There are SO MANY characters out during MVMCP, and they are on point with their holiday themed attired. Winne the Pooh, The Seven Dwarfs, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Scrooge McDuck, Minnie, Daisy, Peter Pan, and Wendy – just to name a few. My favorite was seeing all the princesses in their holiday dresses during the parade!

  1. ELSA FREEZES CINDERELLA CASTLE

This show can also be viewed during regular hours at the Magic Kingdom, but it feels extra special during MVMCP! Elsa, Kristoff, Anna and Olaf come out in front of Cinderella Castle and help bring in the holiday season by freezing the castle and making it snow! You get to chant “ICE AND SNOW, ICE AND SNOW” while they do it. I always think chanting is fun.

  1. SMELL-O-VISION PARADE

The Christmas parade is incredible, and you definitely want to arrive along the parade route early to get a good spot. A lot of the characters will interact with you if you’re in the front. You’ll find lots of characters in their holiday themed outfits, and there’s a special visit from Santa. Most importantly, this parade includes SMELL-O-VISION! As the parade floats go by, it actually smells like Christmas. Gingerbread, peppermint and Christmas tree scents!

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  1. HOLIDAY WISHES

The “Wishes” fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom is Christmas themed during MVMCP – complete with holiday tunes!

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Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  1. CLUB TINSEL

Club Tinsel is a Christmas themed dance party inside Cosmic Rays in Tomorrowland. We stopped in to get a glimpse of the little kids dancing around with Phineas and Ferb. The best part of this event was the DJ yelling out, “When I say Phineas, you say Ferb!!” We took a selfie with Phineas and danced around a little. This is worth stopping in on just because it’s so cute.

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  1. PLAY HOLIDAY DRESS-UP

How often do you get to wear your own homemade Christmas Mickey skirt? There is only one occasion where it’s appropriate, and that’s at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party.

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We made our own Mickey Christmas skirts for the occasion!

  1. LIMITED EDITION MERCH

There is so much fun merchandise to purchase at the Magic Kingdom during Christmas time! Here are just a few of the things we saw.

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MVMCP Magic Band

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Ornament and cell phone cover

 

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MVMCP Shirts

 

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! -Amanda

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Race Recap: The Disney Wine & Dine ‘Half-Half’ Marathon

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Last weekend the Runs in Tutus crew visited Walt Disney World for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. We had a blast and we have so much to tell you about! From Character experiences to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Animal Kingdom’s Wild Africa Trek and MUCH more. I could go on and on about this trip, but let’s start with the main reason we visited Orlando – the actual race!

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Our crew arrived on Friday afternoon to attend the race expo and pick up our race packets. As usual, the expo was well organized with very few lines. Although we arrived pretty early on Friday, there was already a good amount of merchandise that was sold out. This year, Disney offered a last minute “Disney Wine & Dine Welcome Reception.” It was $200 and allowed you to shop runDisney merchandise on Thursday evening before everyone else. It wasn’t advertised until October 2nd when many people had already booked travel plans. I bet they do something similar for the Princess Half Marathon weekend in February, so if you’re really set on getting the best merchandise, you may want to look out for it. Even though some of the merch went fast, I was able to snag a wine glass and Christine bought the adorable Christmas ornament.

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Wine and Dine Half Marathon wine glass

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Other Wine and Dine merch

At runDisney race expos, the photo opportunities are always my favorite part! Always look out for the green screen photo-op above the stairs before heading down to the expo. This year it had Paris in the background with a tray of the grey stuff.

 

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On Saturday evening, we all got dressed in our race costumes and headed to the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the start line. This year we all went with food themed costumes that we each handmade. We had popcorn, the grey stuff, a Disney Cast Member Confectionary costume and a Mickey ice cream bar.

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We all gathered on the grass for the pre-race dance party and got ready to head to the start line. This is about when the wind and rain started to pick up and we all tried to snuggle under one blanket. Our race host got on the microphone and told us that there was some “weather” in the area and we shouldn’t head to our corrals yet. A couple minutes later, they got on the microphone and told us to calmly evacuate the area and head to either the Jostens Center or the HP Field House because of lightning in the area. Over 14,000 people began to move inside. I have to give some credit to Disney because they sure know a lot about crowd control. I have never seen a massive crowd of 14,000 people move so quickly and calmly.

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Our group moved into the HP Field House and to be honest we had a lot of fun hanging out in there with the other runners. We were able to use a nice restroom, stretch out on the field, and we got a great view of all the awesome costumes gathered in the stadium! There was a good amount of dancing and at one point someone started the wave. Here are the series of emotions we experienced during the rain delay.

At first we were really sad

 

Then we did not know how we felt

 

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Then we thought – hey this is actually kinda fun!

It was difficult to gather information since we couldn’t hear the announcer over the music, but after about an hour of waiting, someone screamed “THE RACE IS ON” and we all started heading back to the start line. There were a lot of rumors circulating around regarding the course, and it wasn’t until we reached our start line that we found out the race was cut 6 miles short.

I was really disappointed to have the course altered, and I was especially disappointed for all the first time half marathoners. I know how hard they worked to train, and it’s discouraging to get so close to achieving a goal and have it taken away like that. I have to look on the bright side though. No one was struck by lightning, we still got to run about 7 miles through Disney World and we still got to attend the after party in Epcot. There will be other half marathons. I’m grateful that everyone is safe, and I trust that runDisney did they best they could with the information available.

All in all, it was a hot, sweaty, short and fun race. Animal Kingdom was cut out of the course, so we only ran through Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Here are some of the course highlights at this year’s 7.1 mile Wine & Dine “Half-Half” Marathon.

1. Lightning and rain didn’t prevent the start line fireworks!

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2. We ran through the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios

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3. Characters along the route included Lilo and Stitch, Genie, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, The Seven Dwarfs and more.

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4. Disco lights in the costume tunnel at Hollywood Studios

5. A sign with Olaf on it that said “I like sweaty hugs”

6. Chef Mickey at the finish line

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7. Free glass of wine and Epcot after party at the finish line!

Thanks runDisney for another great race!

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Only 355 days to go until the next Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend! Registration opens on March 15, 2016 at 12PM ET!

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-Amanda

…and if you’re still sad about missing out on those 6 miles, here’s a video of a drunk man climbing the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. It will definitely make you feel better.

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Disney World vs. Disneyland: The Ultimate Showdown

photo-2It’s no secret that I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count. My first visit probably dates back to when I was an infant. This past May though, at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend, I took my VERY FIRST trip to Disneyland. It was exciting and confusing all at the same time. I definitely enjoyed seeing so many new things, but admittedly I did get lost a few times. It wasn’t exactly the same experience as Disney World, but it did have its own unique attractions and features that made it worthwhile.

So which park is better? My first instinct is to yell “DISNEY WORLD!” at the top of my lungs, but that is probably a biased response based on my magical childhood memories of Disney World vacations. The truth is, there are good reasons to visit both places. Whether you are deciding on runDisney races in California vs. Florida or just making plans for a family vacation, here are some of the big differences between Disney World and Disneyland that really stuck out to me.

1. Disney’s Magical Express: This is a free shuttle service that is provided from Orlando International Airport to the Walt Disney World resort. It will take you directly to your hotel, and it plays fun Disney videos along the way. This service does not exist at Disneyland, which makes the commute from airport to hotel a little less magical. You will need to call an uber, a taxi, or rent a car upon arriving at the airport.

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Photo courtesy of Disney.com

2. Variety of Parks: At Disney World, you can visit Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and a couple water parks. Disney transportation is provided to take you from park to park. In California, you can visit Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. The two park entrances are right across from each other so you can easily park hop back and forth. Obviously, Disney World has more variety and more things to do – from Animal Kingdom safaris to the Epcot World Showcase and even a simple monorail ride. However, Disney’s California Adventure does have quite a few unique places that you can’t find at the Walt Disney World resort. Some especially unique things include Paradise Pier and Cars Land.

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Paradise Pier in Disneyland

3. “It’s a Small World”:  Seriously you guys, if you need one huge reason to go to Disneyland, this is it.  The “It’s a Small World” ride in Disneyland makes the Disney World version look like a joke. It is hands down the happiest thing I’ve ever experienced. It has to be at least four times the size. The outside of it is so beautiful that I felt the urge to take a picture every single time we passed it.

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“It’s a Small World” in Disneyland

4. The Shows: It could just be me, but I thought the shows in Disneyland were much better than Disney World. Maybe it’s because of its proximity to Hollywood, but I was really impressed. This isn’t to say that the shows at Disney World are bad. I really love the Beauty and the Beast show in Hollywood Studios and the Lion King show in Animal Kingdom, but Disneyland takes the lead on this one. The Aladdin show in California Adventure is HILARIOUS. The Genie had me laughing out loud every five minutes. In Disneyland, I enjoyed Mickey and the Magical Map so much that I saw it twice.

5. The Castles: You cannot go to Disneyland expecting the same Cinderella Castle experience that you get in Disney World. It is MUCH smaller. And it belongs to Sleeping Beauty. Enough said.

6. Resort Transportation: The process of getting from your hotel to the parks is completely different in Disneyland. There are only a few Disney owned hotels, and these are in close walking proximity to the park. Even some of the non-Disney hotels are close enough to walk. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel has its very own park entrance connected to the building (but it’s a very pricey hotel). In Disney World, if you stay at a Disney hotel you can get to all the parks and resorts by free shuttle service.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: I put this one on here because I really felt like the ride was a different experience in Disneyland. During the ride, you do see a few different things along with some familiar scenes, but what really felt different was the ride setup. Walt Disney’s Dream Suite is right above the ride which makes it feel really special. There is also a restaurant called Blue Bayou that’s inside the ride. It makes the whole opening scene of the ride really unique and worth visiting.

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Blue Bayou – photo courtesy of Disney.com

8. Fireworks: In my opinion, nothing is quite as magnificent as the fireworks displays over Cinderella Castle in Disney World. I’m also a big fan of Illuminations in Epcot. When it comes to fireworks, they are just bigger and better in Disney World. There are WAY more fireworks shows and they are way more often. Although, in Disneyland’s defense, there is a really cool fountain and light show called World of Color. Unfortunately, depending on drought conditions, fireworks are cancelled way more often in Disneyland (forest fires are NOT magical). Disney World is always ready to go with any situation. One time I was there for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and it was pouring down rain. Not only did the fireworks still happen, but they started right on time.

9. Character Appearances: There were way more character appearances in Disneyland and they were very spontaneous. In Disney World, I feel like taking your photo with a character always involves a Fastpass or some extremely long line. In Disneyland, I just ran into Minnie and Mickey right at the front of the park, and I saw someone else just spontaneously run up to Cinderella and take a selfie.

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Hanging out with the ultimate power couple in Disneyland

10. Celebrity Sightings: I can’t finish off this list without mentioning that Disneyland has far more celebrity sightings than Disney World. Melanie ran into Seth Green once, and we ran into Kathryn Hahn in May. Also, I think Britney Spears was there this weekend recreating her Oops I Did It Again album cover with her sons. 

To sum all this up, you really just have to visit both places. You can’t expect the experience to be the same, but you just haven’t seen every bit of Disney magic until you’ve been coast to coast. What do you think is the biggest different between the two? Send us a tweet @runsintutus!

-Amanda

OMG! Disneyland Paris Half Marathon!

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The detailed information for the Disneyland® Paris Half Marathon is finally starting to arrive! We are so excited about this race and hopefully everything will work out for us to attend. Here are the details that I’ve been able to find from runDisney, travel agents, and social media.

Disneyland® Paris Half Marathon – September 23-25, 2016 (that’s only 454 days away!)

The inaugural Disneyland® Paris Half Marathon Weekend includes a magical course through Disneyland Paris and the French countryside!  At Walt Disney Studios® Park, you’ll run down Hollywood Boulevard, and past the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. At Disneyland® Park, you’ll run through Main Street, U.S.A., past Sleeping Beauty Castle, and then through the countryside and villages that surround the Disney Parks, circle back to Disney Village en route to the finish line for a victory celebration and your exclusive inaugural Disneyland® Paris Half Marathon Finisher Medal.

It sounds like your best bet for registering for the race is to go through the runDisney Travel Provider Program which will open up for “package registration” on October 6th. My understanding is that this will include something like race entry, hotel room stay, and park tickets all in one package. According to one travel agent, there may also be several add-ons such as tour trips to Paris.

  • Package Registration will start on October 6th, 2015
  • Limited race registrations are scheduled to start on January 12, 2016 for individual registrations.

Events:

Disneyland® Paris Half Marathon – September 25, 2016

Disneyland® Paris 5K – September 24, 2016

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Race Expo: September 22-September 24, 2016

And there will be parties!

On Friday evening, September 23, there will be a private party in Walt Disney Studios Park® with Disney characters, attractions, food and drinks. On Saturday evening, September 24, runners will be invited to a performance of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Hmm…maybe these parties will be included with the registration fee?

This all sounds very exciting!! You can sign up to stay informed on the Disneyland® Paris Half Marathon by registering your email here: http://run.disneylandparis.com/registration

-Amanda

2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Race Recap

This past weekend, the Runs in Tutus team trekked across the country to Anaheim, California for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Disneyland. We had a blast, and we are proudly displaying our pink Coast to Coast medals that we earned for completing both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathons in the same calendar year!

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Coast to Coast Medal – Pink Edition

For me, there were a lot of highlights in this race and very few disappointments. As is always the case with RunDisney races, packet pick up was amazingly organized. The Expo was full of awesome photo booth opportunities, and we took advantage of each and everyone of them. We also met Jeff Galloway. I wanted to jump up and down and scream like a little girl, but I managed to keep my cool and act somewhat normal. Meeting an Olympian? NO BIG DEAL. I told him about finishing the Shamrock Marathon in March and he said it’s totally normal to cry during a marathon. Thanks, Jeff!

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Keeping it cool with Jeff Galloway

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Here’s the one major buzz kill of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo. The official MERCH sold out like a friggin’ Madonna concert. Seriously, we got there on Friday and Disney was so low on merchandise that they started filling the shelves with generic Tinker Bell products to make it look more full. Lesson learned: get there a few days early if you want to buy merch. I did however manage to score the holy New Balance Tinker Bell shoes. I’ve already worn them several times and they have vastly improved my quality of life.

They are even sprinkled with REAL pixie dust.

They are even sprinkled with REAL pixie dust.

We chose not to participate in the Pixie Dust Challenge (10K + Half Marathon). This was my first time visiting Disneyland, so I wanted sometime to explore the parks, and that’s exactly what I did Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (yes, I’m exhausted). More about the parks will be coming very soon.

The Half Marathon took place on Sunday with a bright and early 5:30AM start time. Here I am all ready to go in my homemade Fawn costume! Side note – it was FREEZING outside before the race so I had to veto wearing shorts. WTF Southern California?

Shout out to the Neverbeast!

Shout out to the Neverbeast!

Me, Caroline and Melanie as Fawn, Smee and Queen Clarion

Me, Caroline and Melanie as Fawn, Smee and Queen Clarion

I was miraculously placed in CORRAL A which means I got to start the race in the very first wave! At Tinker Bell, you can get placed in Corral A with a 2:15 Half Marathon time which is pretty rare for any race. The best thing about being in Corral A is that you get to all the characters and photo spots before there are any lines. I didn’t have to do any weaving around other runners, and I ran through the castle with zero crowds. Here are some pics of my favorite race spots.

Disney California Adventure: 

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Paradise Pier

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Cars Land – Mater!

Disneyland:

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Sleeping Beauty Castle!

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The Lost Boys on the carousel

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Jack Sparrow and the pirates!

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Iridessa and Rosetta

The portion of the race through the parks was amazing. I have to say it seemed like there was far more time in the parks in this race than Princess or Wine&Dine, and there seemed to be more characters and excitement. Out of all the RunDisney races I’ve done, this was the best run through the parks. Unfortunately, after about mile 5 or 6, there was no more Disney! The rest of the race was through the neighborhoods surrounding the parks. There were plenty of crowds, dance teams, cheerleaders and marching bands (and they were great!). I was just hoping for a little more Disney magic toward the end when I was losing steam. I did run into these guys around mile 8 and they melted my heart.

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Tinker Bell and random person

All in all, it was a great race and I will definitely consider doing it again. I got a high five from Daisy Duck at the finish line, but Melanie lucked out with a high-five from Mickey!

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The Mickey high-five

Congratulations to everyone who completed the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Pixie Dust Challenge!

-Amanda

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