Monday, February 10, 2014

runDisney event on sale dates for 2014 … even 2015


Tomorrow -- February 11, 2014 -- registration opens up for the runDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend. The weekend events include the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run, runDisney kids races, and the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash.

We've never run this event -- Orlando is awfully far away, especially for a 10-mile race -- but it has a lot of things going for it! On Saturday morning, October 4, there's the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run -- a not-so-scary race held on the grounds of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Not a true trail run per se, but runners will run on a variety of surfaces, including grass, sand, and pavement.

Slightly later on Saturday morning runDisney holds a series of kids races, for kids from 13 and under … even crawling babies can "run" the Diaper Dash, and all participants get a runDisney kids races medallion. Sweet!

Then at 10pm on Saturday night, it's time for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. (It's just occurred to me that you could run the 5K that morning and the 10-Miler that night as a sort of "progressive half marathon"… well, sorta…). This race sounds super fun -- it starts in Hollywood Studios, then runners run out to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, run around the grounds of EWWOS, and then run back to finish at Hollywood Studios.

Then after the race, probably the best part of the weekend: the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash! A late-night party for the runners, their friends, and their families, to celebrate after their hard work. And, well, I'm guessing that the Disney Villains will be out in force!

We ran the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in 2013 and had a blast -- we especially enjoyed the after party in Epcot. And coming from the west coast we had a great advantage -- staying up till "4am" was really only staying up till 1am!

In other runDisney news -- perhaps more interesting to me -- is was that the email contained the on-sale dates for other upcoming runDisney events.

2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend 
November 7-9, 2014     
ON SALE: 3/4/14
2015 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 
January 7-11, 2015     ON SALE: 4/22/14 

2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 
February 19-22, 2015     ON SALE: 7/15/14 

2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend 
May 7-10, 2015     ON SALE: 8/12/14
I don't think I'll be able to run any of the east coast events for the next few years (even though I really, really want to run the Princess someday!), but let's just say I'll be setting reminders in my calendar for August 12 -- I can't miss running my fourth straight Tinker Bell Half Marathon!

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