I have been a race announcer with RunDisney for 12 years, but it's just been in the last 4 months that I've been able to really enjoy the kids races with my own little one. At the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend, CBear did her 2nd diaper dash. It was the first dash where she was mobile and she really put on a show for the crowd!
- Less than 1 year old - Diaper Dash
- 1-3 year olds - 100m
- 4-6 year olds - 200m
- 7-8 year olds - 400m
- One Mile Run - Open to ages up to 13 (currently only at Disney World events)
If you sign your child up you will need to pick up their packet at the expo before the race. Make sure the parent brings a form of identification. Kids receive a medal, shirt, personalized bib, and refreshments just like Mom and Dad. These races do usually sell out too, so make sure you register in time. If you're expecting and hoping to get your baby into a Diaper Dash here's some advice: You may be registering them before they're born and thus you don't actually have a valid birthday for them. You can make up a date, but you'll need to remember it since you'll use that date to print their waiver. I had to do that when signing CBear up for her first kids race but not this one.
The race start times are in the program book and the Diaper Dash started at noon. Since babies are unpredictable we planned to have CBear and the Bear Squad there right at noon. If you kid is a bit older I would recommend getting there earlier. At DisneyWorld we start a dance warm up at 1030am and then the 100m at 11am, 200m at 1120am, and the 400m at 1140am.
A BIG thank you to my Mom (Mojo) who drove Bear to the race. Daddy works on Saturday mornings so my mom went to our house, babysat, then successfully navigated car seat loading and ESPN Wide World of Sports parking to get Bear there on time. Go Mojo!
Since I was still announcing the kids races we had CBear go in the final diaper dash wave. She had been "army crawling" at home so we were cautiously optimistic that she would perform on race day. We set down the microphone and the always popular iPhone and waited....
After a brief pre-race interview she was off!
Those mats make a long distance for an 8 month old. We kept moving the "bait" and she kept crawling. It was a very proud Mamma moment and so much fun to hear the crowd cheer each time she would re-start her crawl. Yes, she won her heat too!
If you are considering signing your little one up for a Diaper Dash, I can say that it's much more exciting if they are a bit older and could really crawl or walk. That being said babies are cute...so if they run, crawl, lay still, sleep, or cry it's still going to be an awesome event. Don't forget to bring your own toys or phones to help "motivate" your baby to crawl. I have seen phones, keys, edible puffs, and even a remote control used to coerce the baby to crawl. My other advice is to make sure your Marathon photo photographer at the end of the mat gets a photo of their bib before you start. That way you can find your photos after the race.
Thank you to Bear's Squad who came out to cheer her on. Shout out to Team Sparkle as well for making her custom Baby Sparkle skirt. It was such a special event and even though she won't remember it, we always will!
Has your little one ever done a Diaper Dash or kids race?
Love and Team Sparkle,
Carissa & Kyle