|One of the happiest runners at Disney!|
The fourth year of the Princess 1/2 Marathon was my second. From the moment I crossed the line in 2011 my sister was planning my return so that we could do the race weekend together. And what a return it was! We did it in grand style. In all there were 10 of us there. Myself and my two daughters, our parents, my sister and her husband as well as their two kids, and my brother-in-laws mother. It made for quite the crew! By the time we made it to the actual race I had already been in the WDW parks for 4 days + 1 day at Legoland; to the Princess Social Media Meetup at EPCOT and the expo on Friday; run the Tangled 5K, gone to expo for a 2nd time, and run the kids mile on Saturday. We had set out all of our race costume with bibs pinned on, packed our race pouches, and set our alarms for 2:40 am the night before. I had had a lousy nights sleep before the 5K on Friday night and needed to sleep as well as I could before the half. Sleep I did until 2:40 am that is. Then it was up and at um. We were planning to leave the resort at 3:15 and I think we were out the door at 3:20. Our father dropped the 3 runners off that morning. Here is a parking tip if you drive yourself. Stay left on the access road going into the parking lot and head toward cast parking. We were literally 5 cars from the entrance to the Princess 1/2 tent area! It was spectacular.
|Sisters before the race!|
|Disney Divas at the D tent pre-race.|
|The happy Princess and her Prince. |
They ran out of the special runDisney princess wraps early in the morning.
|My first runDisney race starting in the A corral!|
|And we were off!|
|When I saw the marker I immediately decided to photograph them all. |
Of course it took me a second to realize I needed to stop to take the pictures.
|Pirates on the way out...|
|Leading men without their ladies so we had to step in!|
|Oh those villains! I loved the lighting and the smoke!|
|Thanks to all the volunteers who took my photo for me! Great job on this one!|
|I stopped for this shot for my girls.|
|I even beat Alice to the party!|
|My favorite photo of the whole race! |
Runners are their own characters , especially with great props and backdrops!
|I wish the carousel was better lit up.|
|My Prince for the morning!|
|I can't believe I ran through the castle while it was still dark!|
|Louis wanted to get close. It must be tough being so big and green. Those are some great smiles!|
|1st time I have ever met Jessie!|
|The train conductors were out with the train. |
They thought it was great that I wanted my photo with them, but they did not even offer me a ride!
|Look at all that shimmering fabric!|
|Help is this Fillmore the VW Bus in a different paint job? |
He was just so cute and we love VWs!
|At about this point I was wishing it was not already 1/2 over! I think I am ready for Mickey in 2013!|
|I was feeling more like Gaston at this point than Belle!|
|Oh gentlemen if you only had the whole pair!|
|The Princess 1/2 was a party and I was hanging 13.1 around the course!|
|There were no keys so I did not get very far!|
|My main duck!|
|Showing off my Disney Diva power shoulder!|
|At mile 9 two other runners offered to take my picture. Thanks ladies!|
|The gentlemen looked even more into it after seeing thousands of female runners! Thanks guys for making it fun.|
|Did they put that billboard up just for her?|
|I told Jack "That he was catching the ladies coming and going!" His response "Always!"|
|Strength breeds strength!|
|That's right Disney Divas rule!|
|We are strength personified!|
|Happy group - happy runners - 1 mile to go!|
|A power pair!|
|I even got her to give a shout out to the Disney Divas! She was great! Fantastic attitude and costume to boot!|
|Been there - Going there photo!|
|These guys were great! They were thrilled I wanted a photo with them. |
There was so much energy in this group.
I hope they get to run a runDisney race at some point so that they can embrace the race from both sides.
They have the energy for it!
|The announcer called me on multitasking as I stopped to take a finish line photo!|
|And the medal goes to...|
|A dusting of Disney magic to get the celebration going!|
|Ready for the next 13.1 - Mickey Marathon here I come!|
|Sharing my medal with Snow White!|
|Did they make the ribbon purple for Rapunzel? I bet they did!|
|Sisters with their bling and smiles!|
|We did it!|
|Until we meet again runDisney!|
|The shirt - the medal - the pin - the necklace!|
Princess weekend was all that I ever could have hoped it would be and more! 2012 surpassed my 2011 experience. I smiled the whole time and loved both of them, but this time I got to share it with my sister!
I will runDisney every chance I get and would love to do it with other running Disney enthusiasts! This was our 3rd runDisney family race trip. I think I am ready for a ladies race weekend! Who wants to Wine & Dine?