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Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Princess Half Marathon

The 6th running of Disney's Princess Half marathon was a record breaking smashing success!
In 2014 the Princess Half Marathon weekend grew.  There was an extra day added to the expo, plus a 10k, and the Glass Slipper Challenge.  It was also the first race where runners could get a special pink coast to coast medal for doing Tink in January and Princess in February.
Did you know that the first year of the Princess Half we had 6,000 runners?  This year we had 24,000 in the half, 10,000 for the 10k, 10,000 for the 5k, and 6,200 in the Glass Slipper. Talk about growth and lots and lots of tutu's!

The running started on Friday morning with Cinderella's Royal Family 5k.
This year Rudy, John, and I got in on the costumed fun and I loved all of my royal outfits! John isn't a fan, but does Rudy look like a royal Michael Jackson?
After the 5k fun run finished, we got ready for the kids races and Mickey Mile which happened at Epcot.
I've already shared Sarah Kate's emotional story from the Mickey Mile, but if you didn't read it here's another chance.

Saturday morning was the 5k x 2.  Literally  - 6.2 miles and the start of the Glass Slipper Challenge.  The theme was Enchanted and Rudy and I dressed up as running versions of Elsa and Olaf. <embarrassing announcer note - I still haven't seen that movie.  I have the soundtrack and I watch clips on YouTube....womp womp.  I think I'll preorder the DVD>
Before the race I chatted with Barbara and Jeff Galloway (make sure to check out Jeff's first half marathon 12.14.14 in Atlanta!), our RunDisney Nutrition Consultant, Tara Gidus, and Kelly from Team Sparkle!  RunDisney races are always fun, reunion weekends to me.  I get to see so many friends and I just want to run and chat......but then I realize that my job is to chat...only on the microphone! :)
The real Elsa was out on the course casting a spell along the race way.  I would have loved to run by and see that and I heard great things from the runners who did.
Sunday morning we were once again up at 1:45 in time to rehearse and prepare for the 13.1 magical miles of the Princess Half Marathon.
How fun are the Gameday photographers?

The fairy godmother AND Miss America joined us for the start line festivities.
The ladies of Team Sparkle
Miss America 2014
My super fast sister-in-law Kelsey was running from Corral A as was my friend Krystal who is a perfect princess and a group leader for Track Shack's Marathonfest in Orlando.  I interviewed her before the start.  We also surprised an army wife on her birthday before the start.  We tricked her into thinking she was picked for a random interview when in reality her husband had recorded a birthday wish from Afghanistan that we played on the big screen.  Another magical Disney moment and a tre
There were waves A - P for the race and the time between waves varied depending on the qualifying times of the runners in each corral.  The men started in "B" and after wave D, I had to leave to head to the finish to meet our first finisher.
Our first finisher was a ROCK STAR!  Kim Smith is a team New Balance athlete and a 3-time Olympian for New Zealand.  Kim won in a time 1:11:49 crushing the previous record of 1:17.  Kim also holds the record for the fastest female half marathon ever run on US soil, a 1:07, and is preparing for the London Marathon in April.
We celebrated in all the finishers, the ones who ran a personal best, the ones who finished their first half, the ones who ran for a cause, and the ones who just love to run.

I don't think I can pick just one favorite RunDisney race, but the Princess weekend ranks right up there.

What costume was your favorite: Cinderella, Elsa, or Snow White?
What princess would you dress up as?
Would you dress up and run a race?

Love and be home by midnight,
Carissa & Kyle

12 comments:

  1. Great job as always - listening to you and Jon and Rudy really makes the time pass so happily while we're out there in the corrals.
    I'd have to say that the Elsa costume was my favourite because braid + cape + electric blue tights = WIN!

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  2. This looks like it was so much fun and I love the Cinderella costume! But then again I've always loved Cinderella!

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  3. Ive done one race EVER in my 44.5 years and it was this one.
    SO SO SO MUCH FUN.
    Love your photos as well. Cant wait to show my daughter---she'll adore :-)

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  4. You were the perfect Elsa...though really all three looked fab. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pictures, it is so nice to see the race from your perspective. Thanks too for all you do loved seeing you at the finish and I got a shoutout LOL. Are you coming to Jeff's race? Love to see you here in ATL!

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    1. HI Julie! Thanks for the kind words. I loved Elsa too! Can I wear that every race? hash

      I am hoping to come to Jeff's race and bring Kyle too! Are you running it?

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  5. Could you share where you got the amazing cape from??

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  6. Awesome recap! The Elsa costume was 100 percent my favorite costume of the weekend. Seriously, where did you get that cape?!?! I want it, er, my 6yo wants it. :) This was my first half and I enjoyed every second of it. Seeing your face on the big screen helped ease my pre-race jitters. Thanks to you and your whole team for keeping us all energized and excited!

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  7. This looks like so much fun! I can't imagine running in a costume, though. I can barely run in running clothes lol

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  8. They were all so cute, I loved you and Rudy at the 10k though, super cute!

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  9. Great job as always! I was at the kids races Friday, 10k and 1/2! Sadly since I moved back corrals with a friend I couldn't hear anything on Sunday! It was awful we missed all of the prerace stuff we usually get. Your outfits were adorable all weekend though!

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  10. I love the Elsa costume! Can you tell us more about it?

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Your comments make me smile! :)