With Princess Half Marathon Weekend registration opening tomorrow here are some friendly reminders on runDisney race etiquette. All said with love and a tiny bit of frustration. Most of the people you meet at this runDisney race are lovely, however some are straight up Princess divas. Let’s all get along, Princesses and have a great race!
Princess Half Marathon Weekend Runner Etiquette Tips
I ran my first Disney Princess Half Marathon in 2013. In fact, it was my first half marathon ever. So Princess holds a special place in my heart, and I keep getting sucked back in by friends every year. However it’s not my favorite runDisney race. It always feels the most crowded and unfortunately I always see some non-princess like behavior. I live with a lot of estrogen – I have 5 daughters, but I’ve been back every year since 2013.
In 2016 I only ran the Princess 10K, which was heavenly, because it was still a challenge, but I was able to play in the Disney parks without feeling sore or worrying about too many early wake-up calls.
Hopefully if we all follow these tips, everyone can have an awesome race and an awesome experience! These courtesies can apply for any runDisney race.
Please start in your proper corral.
I know we get all hung up on the letters and somehow it messes with our psyche. But if you submitted a proof of time, then you should have been placed with runners of your same pace. This is good..for everyone! That way you don’t start off too fast, you don’t start too slow. Be honest about your placement. If you want to run with friends who may be faster, then don’t try to be a corral jumper. Have them drop back with you. The race will still be fun! Everyone needs good race karma.
Please, please stay to the right…
so others can pass on the left if they need to. If people are running with other runners that have similar paces, then run/walkers can do their thing to the right, and runners can do their thing to the left. When people just throw caution to the wind, that’s when the congestion happens and you have people trying to pass on the left and on the right. Weaving ensues, more accidental bumping occurs, and that’s when the curse words start flying. I really hate seeing fights and words being exchanged on the course. It just ruins the magic for everyone. Sadly it happens, and it would be great if it didn’t.
Extra good karma if you are a run/walker and you signal either with a raise of the hand or yell “walking” when you start your walking interval. There are tons of Galloway runners in runDisney races, so sometimes the thousands of beeping watches gets confusing. And no disrespect from me for being a run/walker or having a beeping watch, because I’m one of them! First time racers or first timers to runDisney races just might not be aware of it.
Please Throw Cups or Itchy Tutus to the Side of the Road
So you know those trash cans (trash boxes) lined up and down the water stations? Please use them or at least try. We all know no one is Michael Jordan except for Michael Jordan. No biggie. And please don’t just toss your half-full (see, I’m a cup half-full type of girl) cup of water to the side in front of other runners. I, as well as many friends, have been the recipient of water splashed in the face. It did not feel refreshing. It was actually kind of gross. So, yeah, don’t be that guy.
Try to run single file or two across at the most.
I love running with friends! In fact, I’m often running with a big group. We laugh, we sweat, we run, we walk together. We do not run more than two across though. That would just be plain mean. And I don’t want anyone singing Taylor Swift’s “Mean” to any of us. Because that would mean we were liars, and pathetic and no one wants that. Take it from these guys. They know what’s up.
Seriously though, there are some places on the Princess Half Marathon Course that are very narrow. It’s usually around the half-way point when some Princesses are just over it. So I get it, you’re tired and want a break. However, if people at the same pace could be aware of their surroundings, then others who are running or on a run interval can run on the left, it won’t feel so congested. This year in 2017, I basically just threw my hands in defeat at this spot. There was no where to go and it just gets frustrating.
I’m not trying to be your mom. I don’t want to be your mom. Was there exaggeration in this post? Yes. Absolutely. The bottom line is this. Everyone who registered for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend wants to have a good race. Chances are most everyone will have a great race! It’s fun; it’s runDisney!
Let’s just try to be kind and courteous to each other as runners and as human beings. End scene.