tangled royal family 5k

by @according2kelly on March 8, 2012

tangled-5k the tangled royal family 5k is quite possibly my new favorite race. typically i’m not a huge fan of 5k’s. i’ve said it before, & i’ll say it again… the 5k distance is probably the hardest race, i’ve ever run.

i know, i know – it sounds totally silly. how could a 5k (3.1 miles) be harder than a half marathon or even a full marathon?! the reason is simple – because running a 5k is usually damn hard, extremely painful, & a full-on-out-sprint for 3.1 miles.  not to mention, that the race is usually over in just a matter of minutes, which often leaves me wondering – was it really worth the race fee?!

well, i’m hear to tell you that the runDisney tangled royal family 5k is the exception to the rule… this un-timed run is definitely putting the fun back in your run.

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& if you know me, you already know i can’t pass up & good excuse to put on a team sparkle skirt, & run in a wig.

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i signed up to run the tangled royal family 5k, after tricking persuading my mom to run/walk it with my sister, sister-in-law, good friend linda & i.

& can i tell you how proud am i am of my mom? the last 5k she completed was when i was one-year-old, so doing this race was completely out of her comfort zone – but she ROCKED it (as did everyone else too).

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in typical runDisney fashion, the tangled royal family 5k was a truly magical experience. over 6,000 people ran the fun run. men, women, kids, babies in strollers… costumed runners & serious runners too.

together we ran thru epcot (visiting all 11 countries of the world showcase), around the fountain of nations, spaceship earth & the leave a legacy monument.

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& just like every other runDisney race i’ve ever done – there were people cheering along the entire route, not to mention the characters & on-course entertainment!

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& while running the race was fun, i loved talking to the racers, hearing their stories, & of course the people watching!

i met & saw so many people before, during & after the tangled royal family 5k…

including a 76 woman (dressed as minnie mouse) who ran 26 races last year & has already completed 7 this year; a woman who had been paralyzed in an auto accident & had beaten the odds & was now running with her team of doctors; & way too many team sparkle skirts to even count (we had a crazy game of “i spy sparkle” going on the entire race).

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all in all, the tangled royal family 5k was amazing…. characters, costumes & 6,000 people who are happy to be running? i can’t think of a more perfect morning.

but the best part? being able to to share the runDisney magic with my mom, family & friends. (i’m secretly hoping  that i can talk everyone into running the disneyland family fun run 5k too).

disclosure: while i have been planning on attending the runDisney princess half marathon weekend & running the runDisney princess half marathon & tangled family 5k (at my own expense) for months now (i really wanted my coast to coast medal)…. i was recently invited by runDisney to attend the entire event weekend as media – meaning they were kind enough to cover my hotel expenses at the fabulous animal kingdom lodge (where live giraffes, zebras & more roamed outside the balcony of my room), meals, and all of my race fees.

of course – all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own, because as you already know… i absolutely, totally & completely LOVE runDisney events.

16 comments
Marie
Marie

How awesome to run with your mom!!

Katye
Katye

you are freaking adorable!

kelleyn
kelleyn

You are amazing. I can't believe how much you run. Maybe someday I will be able to run such a fun race.

Lauren
Lauren

Love your costume! Thanks for recap (and for making me jealous that I don't live near a Disney park =P)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you don't have to live near a disney park to run disney! i flew across the entire country to run in florida & it was SO worth it! Come to Orange County for tinkerbell next january!

Amy
Amy

I am so with you on 5-k's. I would much rather run 13.1 miles at a normal pace than sprint for 3 miles. Your Snow White costume is fantastic!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

seriously?! i'd much rather run a half - 5Ks are such a killer! and yet, i've already signed up for a st. patty's 5K!

Tasha @ Healthy Diva
Tasha @ Healthy Diva

I want to run a Disney event someday. It looks like you had a ton of fun and your costume was great. Congrats to your mom for rocking it, 5Ks are TOUGH!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you definitely HAVE to runDisney.... they really do put on an amazing race! i'm always impressed!

Bari
Bari

You are freaking ADORABLE! I need to start planning my costume for Wine and Dine!!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

ahhh shucks! Thank you! Planning the costumes is always the best part!

Malinda
Malinda

Love you as Snow White! :-)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Thx! I kinda LOVED being a brunette.... honestly think i might dye my hair!

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