By far the most regal of all the runDisney races, the Disney Princess Half Marathon is 13.1 miles filled with tutus and tiaras as far as the eye can see. Here is all the information you need to know to get to the castle and back so you can receive your well deserved sparkly medal!
2016 Princess Half Marathon Medal
All Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, including Shades of Green and the Swan and Dolphin are Host Hotels for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Look for signs and runDisney officials for the location of your resort’s transportation.
Bus transportation for the Princess Half Marathon will be available Sunday, February 21st from 3:00 am – 5:00 am and 7:00 am – 11:00 am for runners and spectators. For those staying at a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail line (Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian), the monorail will begin running at the same time as the buses each day to take guests to and from Epcot. Runners must board a bus or monorail no later than 4:00 am in order to make it to the corrals in time for the start of the race.
Shuttle service will be suspended between 5:00 am and 7:00 am because of road closures, but will recommence for spectators after 7:00 am. Traffic into the Epcot parking lot will also be suspended at this time and all cars will be routed to the Magic Kingdom Parking lot where spectators can take the monorail to Epcot. After the race, buses will be set by resort in the Family Reunion Area to take all participants back to their resorts.
If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation. As usual, Disney says to EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS so make sure you leave yourself enough time.Road closures will begin at as early as 11:00 pm the night before! Be sure to arrive at Epcot and be parked by 4:30 am since it is about a 20 minute walk to the starting corrals from the parking lot and you must be in there by 5:00 am.
Bag check is located in the Wonder Lot of the Epcot parking lot from 3:30 am – 10:30 am. Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside. All items will be inspected, so make sure to leave some extra time. All bags must be checked prior to walking over to the start corrals.
Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race. You can then use the clear bag for all your sweaty race clothes!
Staging Area & Start Corrals
When you arrive at the Epcot parking lot, you will be directed to a large staging area before the corrals open. This is where you will find bag check, water stations, photo ops and most importantly Port-a-Potties.
Thestart corrals for the half marathon are located on Epcot Center Drive. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the half marathon starting corrals from the holding area, so you will want to head over there no later than 4:30 am. Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you. You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.
If you are participating in the Glass Slipper Challenge, you will have two letters on your race bib. The second letter is for the Half Marathon as seen here:
Princess Half Marathon Course Map
There will be 9 PowerAde and water stops along the course and there will be one food station at mile 8.7 that will have Clif Shots available. Aid stations will be located approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other. The PowerAde flavor is lemon-lime, so if that isn’t your thing you should carry your own. Same goes for the fuel stop…don’t rely on those if you have trained with other products.
There will be 5 First Aid stations along the course and at the finish line. Medical personnel will also be traveling along the course on bikes.
Coast to Coast Challenge
Participants in the challenge will be given a wristband at the expo that must be worn during the race. After completion, proceed to the Coast to Coast tent to claim your super awesome medal!
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A Prince’s Perspective on Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Lessons Learned at the 2016 Princess Half Marathon
2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Recap From a First Timer
A Look at the 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge
2015 Princess Half Marathon Race Recap
The Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part II – Disney Princess Half Marathon
2013 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon: Race Recap
Princess Half Marathon: The Race (2012)
Glass Slipper Challenge
Disney Enchanted 10K
Disney Princess 5K
Health & Fitness Expo
Pasta in the Park Party
Happily Ever After Party at Disney Springs
runDisney Policies & Guidelines
Its that time before the next runDisney Princess Half when anxious princesses everywhere want to know what their bib number and starting corral will be. This information is printed ON your race bib which is picked up at the Fit For A Princess Expo. Your bib number will be on your waiver. Waivers are emailed out per runDisney approximately a month before the start of the race, but it looks like the website has been updated! Wonder no more princesses!. So what’s the big whoop about this? Well your Corral and Bib number tell you where in relation to other start groups AND what time you start the race. The starting corrals are a RANGE of bib numbers.
You will be emailed when you WAIVER is ready to print out. Take your waiver to the Race Expo to pick up your Bib – FYI, your waiver shows your bib number.
Here are Starting Corrals are for the 2014 Half Marathon – looking at Bib numbers and times:
AND for the Glass Slipper Challenge:
Each runner will be issued a bib number at Packet Pick-Up. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear the bib during the race. If a runner is seen without their bib number while running on the course, they will be removed from the course for security and safety reasons. Please remember to fill out the Emergency Medical Information on the back of the bib number.
The letter on your race number will determine your assigned corral. Letters are assigned based on your estimated finishing time.
No corral changes will be made at the expo.
Whatever number you estimated your finish time and proof submitted when you registered for the event, that is the time they use for your race start placement. Run a faster time since then? They will not look at it like they have in the past.
Why Corrals, really its for runner safety and keeps the race moving along. All the runners are about your pace that you start out with – its not a free for all start, AND you don’t have to worry SO much about starting and stopping, going around others, etc. ITS A GOOD THING.
The past 3 years I have done this race, this little piece of info the Bib Number and Corral Start can freak people. Really this is when drama happens and things can get dicey on the Princess Social Media Groups. I don’t know if its a competitive nature of humans or what, but it always seems to happen. The corrals are a RANGE of numbers to start with people with similar pace. If you are worried or starting to freak out, just Believe in Yourself and YOUR race!
REMEMBER: We all get a chip on the back of our bibs and our race starts when we go over the starting line….. no matter where you start!
I think knowing this ahead of time is extremely useful info. People want to know where they start to know if they are with friends, to have some extra time for photos, and to know what to expect about waiting for start time. Some people decide what kind of race experience they want, if they are up further – do they want to run with people at the same pace, maybe have more time for photos, or do they need to hang back to share the experience with friends. Look, I have no idea how things are done or decided, but basically its all about the time you submit that you estimate you will finish – and back up with your proof of time.
I have run alone and with friends, ITS ALL GOOD. My race recaps for past 4 years can attest!
Looks like I will be in Corral H – middle of the pack, but Atomic #1 and first on the peridic table of elements…..yeah its where the fun run happens! I am ready for a bomb diggety time…whomp whomp. If you in H too, come say Hi! You will be able to find me as I am working on race attire next and will post some photos prior to race weekend.
So how are you feeling about Waivers, Bibs and Corrals? I am getting excited, no matter where you start, there is Magic Every Mile.
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