I shared some of the highlights from the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration I attended (where I paid a conference fee but received gifts while at the conference), from my overview of some of the amazing activities we participated in to my review of the Disneynature movie Bears that we had the opportunity to screen. On the last day of the conference, I had the opportunity to participate in a Disney fun run, and you can bet that I jumped all over it – and wow were the Run Disney costumes impressive.

What you need to know about Run Disney and ideas for costumes(Photo Credit Katie Chio)

I’m not a runner, but a 2 mile run seemed very doable to me. To be honest, I would have been up for a 5K, but I loved how this was open to so many different fitness levels. It wasn’t a race, and there was a run group – which I participated in – and a run/walk group that ran for 30 seconds and then walked for 30 seconds throughout the course. Just like the rest of the conference, everything about the run was incredibly supportive from the cast members who cheered us on throughout the run to the water provided to the part that brought tears to my eyes, the amazing runners who went back to help others and encourage them to keep going.

Run Disney is all about the support and help

(Photo Credit ESPN GameDay Photos)

This is the epitome of Disney to me. I haven’t run in a race since 2009, but there was no way I was going to miss this one. There were so many components to Run Disney that I absolutely adore. It’s early in the morning, and you run through the parks before they open. It’s such a magical feeling to run through the theme parks without the crowds. Our course had us run through both Disneyland and California Adventures, though with only 2 miles, we obviously didn’t run the entirety of either park.

You always run through the parks in the Run Disney races, and although we were able to stay in the park after our race, generally you must purchase a ticket to the theme park if you want to remain after the race ends. For us, our families were also able to join us at the finish line.

Celebrating the end of the fun run with Little MIss

I would have loved to see them at the start cheering us on, but 6:15am is a bit early for them! Seeing everyone as we neared the balloon arch denoting the end of our run was incredibly invigorating and kept me running to the end.

Nearing the finish line of the 2 mile Run Disney fun run at Disney Social Media Moms(Photo credit Katie Chio)

 I learned that I run with my head down and a not happy expression on my face apparently at all times. I completely missed the photographers along the way and didn’t notice when my picture was being taken. I was far too focused on my rhythm and putting one foot in front of the other to look up and see then, let alone smile or wave or cheer as so many others do. I know now to be on the lookout so that I can have a photo I want to keep the next time I race!

Unlike the official Run Disney races, we did not receive medals for finishing. As cool as those medals are, I was a bit bummed, but I suppose we didn’t truly earn them. We didn’t do a 5K or a half marathon or more, and that’s ok. Not surprisingly, Disney does an amazing job creating unique medals that people want to keep and treasure always. The Disney Wine and Dine half marathon has its 5th anniversary this fall (and is completely sold out, of course), and the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge is on its 10th anniversary (58% full as of May 2, 2014). I absolutely adore the anniversary medals created for these events and only wish I could earn one – or both – of them.

Run Disney medals for 2014 Wine and Dine half marathon and 2015 Goofy Race and a Half Challenge

I will tell you that I had no idea what I was getting into when I signed up for the fun run at Disney Social Media Moms. I had assumed that it would simply be a 2 mile jaunt through the park or parks. As the conference approached and I heard more and more attendees talking about the costumes they were planning to wear to the run, I started to panic. Costumes? What?

Yes, costumes. You are not required to wear a costume, but so many runners do, and it definitely makes the run more fun. I loved finding Thor and Minnie and Anna and Tweedle Dee and more. It brought a smile to my face, and I was relieved to see in the end that the costumes were far less elaborate than I had initially feared they would be, not that their relative simplicity made them any less cool, of course.

Disney Fun run costumes Tweedle Dee and Cars theme at the Disney Social Media Moms conference

I was so impressed by the creativity of so many of my fellow runners (and walkers). I loved how they were able to take simple items and give the true essence of a Disney personality to create amazing Run Disney costumes. I was simply too daunted to figure out something brilliant this time around, but now I’m ready for my next Run Disney race.

Running this race was so invigorating. I loved the support I felt from everyone at all times. At the end, we all felt such a sense of triumph and jubilation that we succeeded. And we all did, no matter how fast – or slow – we ran. We did it, and that is what matters. Besides, the opportunity for us to pose with Lightning McQueen was just to perfect to miss, right?

Bonus of the Run Disney fun run? Posing with Lightning McQueen at the end

Because this? This is certainly not my last Run Disney event. Not by far. I’ve already signed up for email alerts for when registration opens for the next set of events. I may be “only” doing a 5K, but you can bet that I will most certainly be running with Disney again.

I finished my Run Disney event

Need more of a Disney fix? Check out my other posts from the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

DisneyNature Bears Movie Review
An overall summary of my experience at Disney Social Media Moms
Why I can’t wait to see Maleficent (in theaters May 30)
Be inspired by that typo – thanks to Disney’s Gary Buchanan


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  • Kuleen @TheDisneyKids


    Yep! That is me running as Tweddle Dum. Not Tweedle Dee, because I would have to be Dumb to have run another runDisney Fun Run.

    I don’t run. I don’t really even walk, but I definitely don’t run. I don’t even run when chased. I’m in the category of “Don’t worry because whatever is chasing us will get me first”

    BUT I will run for Disney. I ran last year during the Disney Social Media Moms Fun Run. I ran the Castaway Cay 5K on my Disney Cruise. And I ran this year’s Social Media Moms Fun Run.

    I ran because I can’t imagine being left out of any Disney experience.

    Yep, Disney has a way of making people do things they never would have considered.

    I still have running a real Disney race on my bucket list. I won’t be satisfied until I have one of those real medals.

    Thank you so much for this post!

    (Oh, and when I said I *ran* what that means is that I walked and ran as much as I could)

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