There is a newly-minted batch of Disney Princesses in town! Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2023 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend!
The weather was fantastic and it was a picture perfect race weekend. Well, not all of my pictures were perfect, but they are, at least, entertaining.
I hit the expo early on Thurdsay to try to beat most of the chaos. I was lucky I was able to do that because for some folks, it was a long, drawn-out day. I spoke with someone who joined the Virtual Queue when it opened at 8:30, but she did not get a shopping window for about 4 hours.
There was lots to do and see at the expo, including Cinderella’s coach! I was excited to get a pic, but slightly bummed that I missed out on getting the pic with her footmen and the glass slipper, which got there a little later. Oh well, c’est la vie.
Since I was “only” doing the 10K this time around, I had some time to enjoy Disney and had a day at Disney Springs followed by an incredible dinner and fireworks from the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. I spent Friday at Epcot. This time I was the one getting shut out of the virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy, but got incredibly lucky with a last minute lunch reservation at Space 220, so I was all smiles. (And really, really stuffed!)
Saturday was race day for me, and I completely lucked out and got a placement in corral C. First time for everything, I guess, and now I know that it’s actually possible to get so lucky! Also lucky was my running buddy Stacia, also starting in corral C. I usually end up in the back with the Balloon Ladies and scared formy life, but this time I was able to take it a bit more relaxed. Before the race I was able to snag a selfie with runDisney legend Jogging Jack Sparrow, and Stacia was interviewed by Riley right before we launched. I was surrounded by celebrity!
Stacia and I were really in sync on pacing and intervals, and it felt like a match made in heaven! It was definitely Belle’s day and I was in good company in my yellow ballgown. At some point I was intercepted by another runDisney celebrity, The Trooper Dude, also dressed as Belle. He was in the middle of a livestream and interviewed me while we were running on the topic of “Who wore it better?” I think I won on the technicality that I don’t have facial hair.
I’m used to doing full challenge weekends, so running just the 10K felt like a breeze. I was sorry it was over so soon.
So I am still trying to get a good jump shot. I have not yet perfected it. What I did perfect is the art of “Mike Wazowski-ing” myself. This one was just too good not to share.
So after the miles and the smiles there wasn’t much left to do but say goodby and bolt to the airport for my same-day flight, but I did manage to grab a pic of THREE runDisney celebrities in the same place – The Trooper Dude, Jogging Jack Sparrow, and THe Muscle Mouse. Proof that they are not the same person!
A Princess Wears the Crown
Sadly, I had to miss the Half Marathon, but a huge shout out to the overall winner, Neely Gracey of Denver, Colorado. She beat the entire field (including the boys!) to finish in 1:15:55. That’s an astounding accomplishment, and only the third time a woman was the overall winner. You rock the kingdom, Neely!
I’m sad it’s over, but so glad I got to take part in the 2023 Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Were you there? Drop a comment and tell me how much fun you had!
Well written Kirstti. I had a blast running with you. Can’t wait to do it again. Those intervals were great but the company was so much better. Love 💕 you girl.