Walking a RunDisney Race: The Ultimate Disney Adventure


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If you haven’t quite got your fill of walking through the Disney parks, there’s another level of challenge that awaits you: walking a RunDisney race!

But before you lace up your shoes and hit the course, it’s important to that you know what’s involved, be well-prepared and physically up for the challenge.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the ins and outs of walking a RunDisney race, including everything you need to know about training and preparation, what you need to know about the course, and what you need to plan for. Are you ready to join the fun and walk your way to a RunDisney finish line? Let’s go!

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Can you walk a RunDisney event?

It’s a common question among those interested in participating in a RunDisney event: can you walk the race instead of running? The answer is a resounding yes! Many people choose to walk RunDisney races for any number of reasons, participating with your family or group of friends, personal preference, injury prevention, or simply for the experience of participating in a fun and festive event.

One of the best things about RunDisney races is that they are inclusive and welcoming to all fitness levels and abilities. Whether you’re an experienced runner looking to set a personal best time or a beginner just looking to participate and have a good time, there’s a place for you at a RunDisney event.

So now that you know that you can walk the RunDisney event you want to participate in, the next step is to make sure you have the right gear and training plan.

Strategies for walkers at a RunDisney event

It’s important to have a game plan to ensure a successful and enjoyable race experience. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to crossing the finish line with a smile on your face!

Set a realistic pace

During your training (which we’ll talk more about in a minute) find a pace that feels comfortable for you and stick to it. Remember that all RunDisney races have a minimum pace requirement of 16 minutes per mile, but that’s not really all that fast. Pace yourself appropriately so you don’t feel pressure to rush through the course.

Stay ahead of the balloon ladies

That 16 minute per mile pace is kept by the balloon ladies who are a group of volunteer participants who set that pace. If you’re walking the race, your only real concern is to stay ahead of the balloon ladies to so that you’re not at risk of being swept off the course.

Take breaks as needed

Walking a long distance can be physically demanding, so it’s important to listen to your body and take breaks as needed. If you need to rest or take a quick break, don’t be afraid to do so. just remember – stay ahead of the balloon ladies!

Stay hydrated and fueled

Proper nutrition and hydration are important for any physical activity, and a RunDisney race is no exception. Make sure you’re fueling your body with the right nutrients and staying hydrated leading up to and during the race.

Keep your costume simple

While RunDisney events are known for their festive atmosphere and creative costumes, it’s important to remember that you’ll be walking a long distance and most costume materials aren’t built for endurance races. Complicated costumes can end up getting too hot, cause unwanted chafing or just become a burden in a distance race. Wearing a simple, lightweight costume can help ensure that you’re comfortable and able to focus on completing the race.

Have fun

Above all, remember that RunDisney events are meant to be fun and enjoyable experiences. Don’t get too caught up in your time or pace, and be sure to take the time to enjoy the festive atmosphere and all that the event has to offer.

Training and preparation

Walking a RunDisney race can be a fun and exciting experience, but it’s important to be well-prepared and know what to expect on race day. Here are some tips to help you have a successful and enjoyable experience:

Set a realistic pace for yourself

Remember that RunDisney races are not timed events, so there’s no need to feel pressure to rush through the course. Determine a pace that feels comfortable for you and stick to it.

Get the right gear and wear comfortable shoes

Walking a RunDisney race can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of hard work on your feet. Invest in a good pair of shoes that offer enough support and cushioning to get you through the race.

In addition to comfortable shoes, you need appropriate clothing that’s suitable for the distance you’re participating in and the time of year of your event.

Get in shape beforehand

While you don’t have to be in peak physical condition to walk a RunDisney race, it’s still a good idea to do some training beforehand to prepare your body for the physical demands of the event, especially if you’re planning on walking a marathon or half-marathon. Start by walking shorter distances and building up your speed to stay ahead of the 16 minute minimum pace and gradually increase your distance over time as needed.

Use a training plan

If you’re new to walking or just looking for a structured plan to follow, consider using a training plan to help you prepare for the race. There are many resources available online, including apps and websites that offer customized training plans based on your fitness level and race distance.

Don’t forget about nutrition and hydration

Proper nutrition and hydration are important for any physical activity, and a RunDisney race is no exception. Make sure you’re fueling your body with the right nutrients and staying hydrated leading up to and during the race.

Review the course information

Knowing the route and other details of the race course can help you plan your pace and make any necessary accommodations. Here’s what you should know about the course:

Familiarize yourself with the course map

Knowing the route of the race will help you plan your pace and make any necessary accommodations (such as taking breaks or stopping for water) along the way.

Be aware of any elevation changes

Orlando is a relatively flat region geographically, but there may be some areas that have more elevation than you may be accustomed to, especially if this is your first RunDisney race, so it’s important to know what to expect in terms of elevation changes. This will help you plan your pace and conserve energy for the more challenging parts of the course.

Check the weather forecast

The weather in Florida can be tempestuous – bright and sunny at one point, and thunderstorms rolling in the next. We’re known for our customary regular afternoon rainstorms during the spring and summer months and weather can have a big impact on your experience at a RunDisney race, so be sure to check the forecast in advance and dress appropriately. Keep in mind, outside of lightning in the area, races will run rain or shine. If it’s going to be hot, make sure you stay hydrated and take breaks as needed. If it’s going to be cold, dress in layers and bring gloves and a hat to stay warm.

Know the race day schedule

Familiarize yourself with the race day schedule so you know when and where to go on race day. This includes information about packet pickup, the start time of the race, and any post-race celebrations or activities.

Planning, logistics and accommodation

Planning, logistics, and accommodation are important factors to consider when preparing for a RunDisney race. From determining your transportation and accommodation options to understanding the race day schedule and course information, there are many details to consider.

Book as early as you can

RunDisney events sell out very fast, and the more popular distances and challenges are the first to go. Race events are very popular, and accommodation and transportation options can fill up quickly. Be sure to book your accommodation and transportation as early as possible to secure your spot.

Plan your transportation

Whether you’re driving, flying, or taking public transportation to the event, it’s important to plan your transportation in advance. Know how you’re going to get to the start line and how you’re going to get back home after the race.

Consider staying onsite

If you’re planning to participate in a RunDisney event at a Disney theme park, consider staying onsite at one of the Disney resort hotels. This will make it easier for you to get to the start line on race day and will give you the opportunity to enjoy all that the theme park has to offer after the race.

Other considerations

In addition to training and preparing for the race, there are several other considerations to keep in mind when participating in a RunDisney event.

Walking with kids

If you’re planning to walk a RunDisney race with your kids, it’s important to set realistic expectations and be prepared for any challenges that may arise. Make sure your kids are properly dressed for the weather and have enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized. Be prepared to take breaks as needed and have a plan in place in case your child gets tired or needs to use the bathroom.

Walking with disabilities

If you have a disability and are planning to walk a RunDisney race, make sure you follow the guidelines set by the event organizers. Many RunDisney events offer accommodations for participants with disabilities, such as wheelchair rentals and special start times. Make sure you let the event organizers know about any accommodations you may need in advance so they can make the necessary arrangements.

Is walking with pets allowed?

Walking with pets is not allowed on the RunDisney race course. RunDisney events do not allow pets of any kind on the course, so you will need to leave your pet at home or arrange for someone to take care of them during the race.

Nexts Steps

The next step is connect with other Disney racers and fans. Join the Disney Park Advisor Community group to connect with other Disney fans and get tips and advice on planning the perfect Disney vacation. This private Facebook group is the perfect place to share your love of all things Disney and get insider knowledge from other Disney enthusiasts. Simply click the link below to request membership and become a part of our community.

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