Races, runDisney, Running

Glass Slipper Challenge

The Glass Slipper Challenge is a part of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. It’s 2 races in 2 days totaling 19.3 miles. I ran the Enchanted 10k on Saturday and the Disney Princess half marathon on Sunday.

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Amanda, Katherine, Kimmy, and I decided to make a girls trip out of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (sorry boys!). We arrived late Thursday night and checked into Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. I highly recommend staying on Disney property during race weekends because they provide free transportation to and from the races and the Expo. The All-Star resorts are value resorts and are very reasonably priced!


Friday

We woke up Friday morning and took the free bus to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.

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I said goodbye to my paycheck as soon as we walked into the Expo. I ended up leaving with a jacket, tank top, Glass Slipper Challenge finisher shirt, and a lanyard with 3 commemorative pins.

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We headed to Epcot around 5:30 that night to carbo-load at Pasta in the Park. Pasta in the Park is a runner-friendly buffet pasta dinner. The total cost was $57.50 and included entry into Epcot at 6PM, along with Disney character Meet & Greets, entertainment, and music. Getting entry into Epcot made it worth the money since the food and entertainment was just OK.

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After dinner, we got to watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – a light, laser, and fireworks show at Epcot. It was SO cool!!!


Saturday

We woke up at 2:45 this morning for the Enchanted 10k. Yes, you read that right… 2:45AM. We got on the bus around 3:30 and headed over to Epcot. I was surprised that there wasn’t a line to get onto the bus. The race didn’t start until 5:30, so we had a lot of time to kill. I love that there were so many cute photo opportunities!

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I assumed that it was going to be warm since we were in Florida… I was wrong. It.was.freezing. We must have looked cold, because a nice stranger gave us a space blanket.

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I felt like it took forever for our corral to get to the starting line. However, it was worth the wait. The energy at the starting line was crazy! Fireworks went off every time a corral of runners was sent off.

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My favorite part of the race was running through Epcot. It was so much fun! There were so many photo opportunities. We stopped a few times for pictures.

runDisney definitely knows how to do bling. I absolutely love my 10k finisher medal!

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After the race, we took the bus back to our hotel to shower and get ready for the day. We spent the rest of the day at Hollywood Studios.

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Katherine and I were running the half marathon the next day, so we headed back to the hotel to eat dinner and go to bed since we had to wake up early the next morning!


Sunday

Katherine and I woke up at 3AM for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I purchased a Runners Box yesterday and ate the contents of it for breakfast this morning since the food courts are not open before races. The box cost $7.49 and contained a plain bagel, banana, granola bar, peanut butter, and water.

I had so much fun dressing up as Cinderella. I’ve never spent that much time doing my hair and makeup before a race before!

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It was a long walk from where the bus drops you off to the corrals. The music and fireworks at the starting line were amazing! We had so much fun jamming out to 90s music, like Britney Spears and NSYNC 🙂

My favorite part of the race was running through Magic Kingdom. I especially liked running through Cinderella’s castle.

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There were so many great photo opportunities. I definitely had to stop and take a picture with Cinderella’s carriage and coachmen!

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I got two finisher medals when I crossed the finish line (one for the half marathon and one for completing the Glass Slipper Challenge). These might be my favorite medals ever!!!

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After the race, we relaxed by the pool at our resort and enjoyed some well-deserved drinks.

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