More than 19,000 women raced in this morning’s Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World, making it the world’s largest women’s sporting event. This was the fourth year of the race, and it has grown tremendously. The inaugural run had 8,000 participants.
We have a highlight video of the event here. What follows in this article are additional details.
Not everyone runs the marathon. In fact, thousands upon thousands walk the entire 13.1 miles. Or follow a runDisney.com web site training suggestion to do a run-walk, where you run a short distance, walk an equally short distance, and repeat.
A major appeal of the race is posing with Disney characters along the way. You can bring your own camera, or many of the characters also have an official photographer so that you can buy a professional picture online after the race.
An interesting fact about the Princess Half Marathon is that four years ago it was the first time they closed both sides of World Drive for a running event. Note there are no cars seen here, except the police vehicle stationed at the Epcot entrance ramp.
Men can also enter the Princess Half Marathon. Four years ago, there were 300 men, this year there were approximately 1,400. However, this race is about the ladies. Men start with a delay, from Corral C, meaning they start in the third wave, in the third start. The people lined up at the fence here are in the front of Corral D. There are eight corrals or starts, A through H. The bridge seen here is the one that connects the Key West resort area and Epcot backstage.
Nearly all men start in Corral C. However, the Fairy Godmother has asked a few trusted knights to be ambassadors for the event, and help the princesses achieve their dreams. This knight is part of the Clif Bar pacing team, and is there to help princesses finish a 1:50 half marathon. You can tell from his mylar finisher blanket (with Mickeys) that he often does Walt Disney World races.
We also have a music video here with highlights of the Tangled 5K race through Epcot. The 3.1 mile fun run ran through the park just after dawn.