It’s Princess Weekend Y’All!
Princess weekend is my FAVORITE of all the runDisney weekends. It is because of all the AMAZING people I meet every Princess weekend trip! Since this weekend is so encompassing I broke the Princess 5K portion into 5 Main parts…. Enjoy!
1. 5K differences
I have to admit this was my first runDisney 5K race. I normally stick to the 10K and half distances (more bang for the buck!), but I wanted to run with my family and we decided to start out small. The major difference between the 5K race and others during the weekend is that the 5K isn’t chip timed. So what does that mean? It means each individual runner isn’t on the clock for a start and stop time. Disney does still have an overall course finish time of 16min/mile from the last corral though. So if you are in the last corral, you have to at least keep that pace. If you are in one of the further up corrals you get even more time. This is true for all runDisney races about the pace. I thought not have a chip time was AMAZING! I was really able to enjoy the course and not worry about a time that would be posted on the internet FOREVER! haha! I did have a personal time going on my watch but I honestly didn’t even look at it. I could see where some people may not like this feature, especially if this is their first 5K. Just remember you can always time yourself if you have a specific goal, but runDisney it more about having FUN then winning the race.
2. New This Year (2017)
RunDisney changed the way they start corrals this year. Instead of having everyone in the same letter corral go at once, they created mini corrals. Basically they broke up each letter (A, B, C etc.) into 5 additional mini groups. The split was based on where you were when you entered the corral. For example I was in corral A but was the 3rd group in corral A to start running. This made it a lot less crowded on the course. I think it was very smart of Disney to start doing this, this way runners can actually run from the start. Normally there are so many people that you can’t really run the first half mile unless you dodge in and out. Although it took a little longer to start the race I really liked this new change. Disney also finally made the change late last year to medal, medals for the 5K races instead of the plastic ones they use to give out. They are so cute too!
3. The Course
The Princess 5K course is in and around Epcot only. The first mile is out on the roads where they have music playing. Just passed the 1 mile marker you enter the back of Epcot by the World Showcase. You get to run around the showcase heading toward the Land pavilion and mile 2. (See map for exact route) The last mile is looping back around to the front of the park exiting to the right of the Epcot ball. The finish line is just out front of Epcot. The course overall is very flat and there are no overpasses or bridges you have to run like there are for the other princess weekend races.
4. Character Stops
The 5K course typically has 5 character stops. This year the character were Meeko (raccoon from Pocahontas), Vikings, Abu (monkey from Aladdin), Female Mice from Cinderella and Dopey. They also had an added stop of crazy looking fish by Nemo and friends. We stopped for 3 of the 5/6 along with a few areas in Epcot. Since they are getting the park ready for the garden festival they already have a lot of the plants shaped as characters out and around. They also have the classic photo in front of the ball. This is one of my favorite picture spots even though it isn’t a “character”. When stoping for pictures just keep in mind the overall time so you don’t get to carried away! Although this year with the spaced out corral release made for shorter lines.
One of my favorite parts to any runDisney event is to decide on what costume to rock! Since this 5K was a family affair I had others to think about and if they would join in on the fun. My sister and I decided on Frozen. I was Anna, she was Elsa, my hubby was Olaf and my brother wore a blue shirt. (maybe for start wars we can get him in a costume 😉 ). The boys costumes were simple. For Olaf my hubby wore a white shirt and I used stick on foam for the black circles. He then had a Olaf hat that I got off Amazon. Just a warning, it was a kids hat but magically we got it to fit! My nephew now loves his new hat too haha! My sister and I wore shirts from Little Jane Lane Design, and sparkle skirts and capes from Sparkle Athletic. We also had sweaty band sparkly headbands. Overall they were simple but perfect!
The Princess 5K was such a blast and I loved all the changes runDisney made this year. Personally I loved that the event isn’t chip timed, it made for a more relaxed running experience. Overall it was a great time by all!
Cheers to many more magical miles!
❤ Dr. Carrie