Last spring runDisney made a big announcement in conjunction with Princess Half Marathon weekend. Following suit with the most recent Disneyland Half, Walt Disney World Marathon, and Tinker Bell Half weekends, the Princess Half Marathon weekend would have a new 10K event added as well. The Enchanted 10K could be a stand alone race, or done as part of the Glass Slipper Challenge, when combined with the Princess Half Marathon.
The popular event sold out months ago as Disney runners seem to be especially eager to try out Inaugural races. With the addition of the Glass Slipper Challenge, there were even fewer spots available for runners 'only' completing the 10K.
While runDisney 5Ks and Half Marathons continue to be extremely popular, the 10K distance provides a nice 'bridge' in distance for runners ready to try a distance beyond 3.1 miles but not quite ready for 13.1. Or like me - you may just like the 6.2 mile distance and crave anything associated with Disney Princesses. I did not need any convincing to sign up!
Check out this pretty medal! This beauty will be presented to all finishers of the Enchanted 10K. I especially like the pumpkin coach - as that is also the symbol used by Disney Fairy Tale Weddings. And I love things that reminds me of my wedding.
This Inaugural event is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014 with a start time of 5:30am EST.
Like the 5K and Half Marathon taking place this weekend, the start area will be at EPCOT.
This course is certified by USA Track and Field and is labeled EPCOT 10K. This is the same course as the new 2014 Walt Disney World Inaugural 'Minnie' 10K that took place in January.
For a detailed description of the course, you can view the official map on the USATF site here.
DisneyGroom and I both ran the Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K so this will not be our first time running this course.
Mile 1 Loop around and out of the EPCOT parking area
Mile 2 Enter Osceola Parkway (the on ramp contains a long but not steep, gradual hill)
Mile 3 Continue on Osceola Parkway
Mile 4: Head into World Showcase
Mile 5: Starts when you are halfway through World Showcase, continue through the park and run out International Gateway and through the Boardwalk Resort area
Mile 6: Begins at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort area and goes back into EPCOT, ending just beyond Spaceship Earth.
Finish chute: Takes you right back to the starting area.
This event is chip timed and runners are required to maintain a 16 minute per miles pace. If not, they run the risk of being swept. Runners were swept at the 10K during Marathon weekend, so it is reasonable to expect this will be enforced at the Enchanted 10K as well.
There will be overall and age group awards. Men running are not eligible for awards - keeping in mind that the races held during Princess Half Marathon weekend are still classified as 'women's events' that have permitted men to run.
Prior to the race start, there *might* be some characters out in the staging area. If they are not there pre-race, some will definitely be there after the race, so runners can get photos wearing their medals.
Generally, when one goes through World Showcase, the characters match up with the countries/region - e.g. Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Jasmine in Morocco, Sleeping Beauty in France, etc. There is much speculation on the appearance of the new Princesses: Anna and (Queen) Elsa from the hit film, Frozen. Norway seems to be a likely choice. Character locations on the course are no longer published by runDisney. Since this is a new event, we can't know for sure which characters will be out. Of course, I am hoping to see the Princesses with their Princes. (fingers crossed)
Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful backdrops available in World Showcase. Each of the countries represented has wonderfully designed buildings and create a beautiful setting. My personal favorite is Italy.
So are you excited for this Inaugural race?
DisneyGroom and I will be running this event together in coordinating costumes. Be sure to check back after the race for our recaps!
See you at Princess weekend!
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