So you want to run a runDisney race with a group of friends? Great! I completely recommend it! It is important to remember some race etiquette, though, to be fair to all runners. Disney’s Princess Half Marathon 2013 was my first runDisney race and my first half marathon. Since then I have run 3 other half marathons including Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Disney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Honestly, the Princess Half felt so crowded compared to the other races and I probably saw the most un-princess-like behavior there. So let’s be safe and courteous princesses, please.
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 there are so many who can kick my trash in races. First time racers or first timers to runDisney races just might not be aware of it.
Please throw cups, shed layers or itchy tutus, etc to the side, as in completely off the race course. 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 the DisBroads! 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.
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 wants to have a good race. And 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.