Guest Post by: Heidi LaDuca
What could possibly be more exciting than the magical combination of Disney, Running… and KIDS?!?
I have been a runner for over 20 years and recently have become a HUGE fan of all things runDisney.
I did not believe for a moment that my runDisney experiences could be outdone by ANYTHING. That is, until I registered my 6-year old Princess for the 2013 runDisney kids race during the Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend. To say it was FABULOUS would be an understatement.
First off, the registration fee is nominal… $20 (typically $25 as the race date approaches) Can you say ‘Disney bargain’? The races are held for even the tiniest of participants. Here is an example of the events and age groups for the upcoming Princess Half Marathon Kids Races:
runDisney Kids Dashes Age Groups
12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
1-3 years old – 100m dash
4-6 years old – 200m dash
7-8 years old – 400m dash
And to top things off the EVERYONE walks away with a goodie bag of wonderful Disney loot along with their very own MEDAL! Here is an example of the loot to be expected at the 2014 Princess Half Marathon runDisney Kids events:
Kids Dashes Race Participants Receive
runDisney Kids Races T-shirt*
Personalized bib (must register by December 1, 2013 for name to appear on bib)*
*The One mile race participants will additionally receive a Mile Run Finisher Certificate and ChronoTrack b-Tag timed race.
The event itself is incredibly well-organized with a lot of exciting pre-race entertainment, (think dancing, singing and fun). When the race itself is ready to begin, the little ones are filled with excitement and take off with tons of Spark! Parents are allowed to run with their little tykes should they wish to do so.
The most exciting moment however is that moment when your little one crosses the finish line. The kids feel an incredible sense of accomplishment and it is so, so incredible to witness! When I watched my daughter cross the finish line last fall, I simply fell in live with the runDisney kids events!
Finally, having personally been a fitness instructor and runner for many, many years, I am a HUGE advocate of teaching exercise, health and wellness to our kids, beginning at a very early age. RunDisney gives families a fun and safe opportunity to let the kids join in the excitement and fun that are always a part of runDisney events.
Thanks Heidi for your awesome write up about the kids races! My children have runDisney as well and I totally agree: it’s fabulous! Princess Ella looks like she had a blast. I hope y’all enjoyed this stop on the Virtual Princess Half Marathon Blog Hop! Be sure to stop by other posts as well by clicking the button below!
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 with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com