I won’t lie, before I had kids I was really active and ran frequently. Now, my exercise is mostly comprised of chasing after little ones. I really want to get back in the routine of running, but it has been so hard to find the motivation! Recently, one of my friends ran the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland and she had so much fun! There is no way I am ready to run a half marathon right now, but my goal is to run the Tinkerbell Half Marathon next year. Sadly, my running shoes haven’t seen much action since I purchased them 2 years ago. I’m hoping training for a race will help reignite my love (ok, my tolerance) for running. While I was browsing on the RunDisney site I noticed they are offering virtual races for the first time.
What is a Virtual Race?
Virtual races are really growing in popularity, I have quite a few friends who have run a virtual race or two in the past year. If you have never heard of this, a virtual race is one that you run on your own. You basically sign up for the race, pay your entry fee (usually a portion goes toward a charitable organization or a cause) and then run the designated length wherever you want. You could jog around your neighborhood, hit the treadmill or explore a fun nature trail- it’s really up to you. At the end, you log your mileage and are sent a medal for participating. It’s a really easy way to get active and raise money for a cause that is special to you.
What is a RunDisney Virtual Race?
Disney is offering a series of 3 virtual races this year, they can be done separately or you can register for all 3. Each virtual race is a 5K and you are able to complete it however you want, wherever you want. For example, I could load my baby up in the stroller and walk 5K to successfully complete one virtual race. After you complete the race RunDisney sends you a medal to commemorate your accomplishment. Sounds easy, right?
This year RunDisney is offering 3 races over the summer, each are 5 K in length. You can sign up on the RunDisney website, one race is $39 or you can sign up for all three races for $142. At the end of each race they will send you a medal, those who complete all three races receive an additional medal. They do not require proof that you ran the 5K, this is purely on the honor system. You have about 2 weeks to complete each race, completely at your own pace.
Why Run a Virtual RunDisney Race?
At first glance, a virtual race may seem a bit silly. However, if you are like me and you need a little motivation to get going this may be a really great way to get back into the habit of running. You will need some self-discipline since this race is run on the honor system! This is also a great option for people who don’t live near a Disney park but still want to participate in a RunDisney event. You could gather a group of friends, find some Disney-inspired running outfits and have a wonderful time completing a 5K together. True, you won’t have the same experience of running through the parks but you also aren’t dealing with a huge crowd of runners and waking up at 4 am to get to your race.
Sadly, the first race ended on June 1st so it looks like I missed out it. Lucky for me there are still 2 more races this summer, it will be a good excuse to dust off my running shoes and get active! Has anyone ever run a race at Disneyland or Disneyworld? What is your opinion of virtual races?