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Hey hey, runDisney race fans! Today is Princess Half Marathon registration day, and I know there are some anxious runners waiting for that 10 am opening. Good luck to everyone! But what happens if you get bad news- and you miss out on a runDisney race opportunity? You do have options! Here’s how to register for a sold-out runDisney race.
We don’t want to see it happen, but… it happens. Sometimes the races sell faster than expected and your running squad is left wondering what they can do next. First: don’t panic. You’ve found the right post to give you your options.
We’ve got you!
Here’s how to register for a sold-out runDisney race.
How Fast Does runDisney Sell Out?
Not nearly as fast as it used to! That’s the good news.
Once upon a 2013 we had mere minutes to register for races. That’s right: you had to be online and fast on the draw to make sure you got into just about any runDisney race you wanted.
But those days are few and far between; with the running craze on a downslide, getting into races has become a little less stress-inducing.
The bad news is: we really don’t know until we know. runDisney does not give us a countdown or estimate on how long we have until the race sells out.
They *used* to- and it was glorious.
Now, you just work your way through the runDisney registration process and hope you get to the final payment screen without issues!
But don’t panic; just because the rundisney.com races are sold out- that doesn’t mean you don’t still have runDisney race options!
Do Spots Ever Open Up For Sold-Out runDisney Races?
They do! But don’t count on this option if it’s a race you really *need* to run.
In recent years we’ve seen the unsold challenge bibs “broken up” into 10K races and half marathon races only. We’ve seen Dopey and Goofy go this route as well.
We’ve also seen people walk up to runDisney at the expo and manage to purchase a bib (you will be in the last corral unless your last name is Galloway or Keflezighi, though).
But this is a race by race situation and you just don’t want to rely on that as your only hope!
How To Avoid a runDisney Sell Out?
Cool, cool… so how do we avoid all this -ish?
My favorite way is for you to sign up in advance through a travel provider who knows runDisney. And we can book for ALL Races right now. No waiting! No stress! No worry!
How do you find a travel agent that can book runDisney races?
Hint: if you’re here, you found one! I can get you a quote today if you fill out this form.
The agents of Park and Preston Travel have been running Disney since 2011 and selling since 2013. We know the ins and outs and would love to help you and your running crew run Disney this year.
And every year- cause we know it’s an addiction.
If you don’t want to work with a travel agent (I won’t take it personally!) you can also sign up in advance with a charity that has runDisney race bibs available.
They are also able to get you bibs well in advance.
What runDisney Races Tend To Sell Out First?
While we can’t predict when things will sell out, we can predict which runDisney race will sell out first.
5Ks and 10Ks: those will be gone fast!
If you want in on one of those distances, prioritize them in your purchasing.
How To Register For a Sold Out runDisney Race
Okay, so… here we are. The worst happened and you got shut out of a race you really wanted.
I’m so, so soooo sorry! I’ve been there- and it stung.
But: we have options!
Errr- basically the same options mentioned above.
Even if runDisney is sold out, the travel agent you love will still have access to a bib package for you.
The bib packages only require a 2-night resort stay (no dining needed, no tickets needed, no week at the Poly needed… but doesn’t that sound delightful?)
You can book a package with a travel agent (because our bib allotment is from a different pool than the general runDisney bib allotment). This means when runDisney.com runs out, we’ll still have access—
Until our allotment runs out!
We work with a live inventory, so there’s no guessing when those bibs might sell out for us as well. Try to decide earlier rather than later if you need to book a runDisney race with a travel agent.
Charities will also have bibs, but you’ll need to follow their guidance on fundraising.
I’ve been a runDisney charity runner myself with the Children’s Miracle Network and it was a great charity to run for.
Alright, Princesses: keep those tiaras on straight and good luck today!
And remember: here’s what you need to register for a sold-out runDisney race. Faith, trust, pixie dust, and some runDisney registration tips!
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but most of them are pretty full of pixie dust at Disney!