2013 runDisney princess half meetup
aka #princesshalfmeetup

by @according2kelly on February 25, 2013

over the past year, runDisney’s {amazing} pre-race meetups have become the hot ticket, & the 2013 princess half meetup was no exception…

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securing your spot in the official pre-race meetup is much like finding an allusive golden ticket, or getting a reservation at the famed & ultra-private club 33.

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prior to the #princesshalfmeetup announcement, twitter was all aflutter.

with eager attendee hopefuls stalking the @runDisney twitter feed, while constantly hitting refresh on the disney parks blog, waiting for their fairtytale dreams to come true.

having finally received my “invitation to the ball,” i of course had to find the perfect dress…

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luckily, my fairy god mother had the perfect sparkle athletic skirt, & with a wave of her magic wand & a little bippidi-bobbidi-boo – i was ready to run.

(& fyi – a tiara is the newest must-have running accesory).

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dressed (& in very un-cinderella-like fashion, wearing both shoes), i gathered with the other princesses (& even a few princes) under the shadow of space ship earth, as an empty epcot awaited us.

running through a desserted disney park, is always a surreal and magical experience. especially when you “run” into old friends along the way…

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after a quick 3 miles through & around epcot and disney’s boardwalk, we headed into biergarten restaurant in the germany pavilion for breakfast and some truly amazing words of inspiration.

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training guru jeff gallowayrunDisney nutritionist tara gidus, defending princess half champion and back-to-back disneyland half winner rachel booth, two-time paralympic track and field medalist april holmes, and the first female winner of “the biggest loser,” ali vincent were all on hand to inspire & motivate.

which is exactly what they did… i walked away feeling re-newed, re-energized & re-motivated.

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when you are surrounded by people who know, understand, & appreciate your love of running – it’s hard not to be inspired. especially when such strong & empowered women are involved. rachel booth, ali vincent & april holmes are the epitome of what the runDisney experience is all about… “runDisney wants you to believe in yourself, believe it CAN happen.”

a few of my favorite princesses, actor sean astin, the ultimate mother runners sarah bowen shea & dimity mcdowell and the fine folks from the new senses – a disney spa were also on hand to make the morning complete .did you know that frozen water bottles, tennis balls, foam rollers & golf balls are ideal for “self-massage?”

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as always, runDisney definitely outdid themselves this time.

princesses, fairy godmothers AND sean astin? oh my!

it was the perfect beginning to a fairytale weekend, the perfect once upon a time…

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want to read princess half meetup recaps from other #princesshalf attendees? check out these posts:

* a mom on the run

* disneyeveryday.com

* disney with children

* laurel dawn

* live. do. grow.

* ndeckerrunner

* race every step

* running at disney

* runDisney

* running princess

* sean astin fan

* this runner’s trials

* through heather’s looking glass

* toenails are so overrated

* we run disney

* 2 princesses on the run

did YOU attend the #princesshalfmeetup? let me know! i’ll add your meetup recap to the ever-growing list!

ready to attend the next runDisney race meetup? pay extra special attention to the runDisney facebook page, runDisney twitter account, & disney parks blog a week or two before the next runDisney race. in the past, that’s where they’ve announced the meetups.

my only question is – which disney park would you love to spend the morning running? disneyland? california adventure? epcot? magic kingdom? hollywood studioes? animal kingdom? or what about disneyland paris, tokoyo, or hong kong?

disclosure: i was invited by runDisney to attend the entire event weekend as media – meaning they were kind enough to cover my hotel expenses at the out-of-this-world animal kingdom lodge & meals.

of course – all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own, because as you already know… i absolutely, totally & completely LOVE runDisney events (especially the princess half meetup).

25 comments
Lex
Lex

Can any person go to the meet up or do you have to be invited to go ?

Taking maternity pictures At home
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Emily
Emily

PARIS!!! I love Paris (and Disneyland Paris too!!) - I think Disneyland Paris would be an epic place for a morning run! Here's hoping! Great recap - I loved living vicariously through you.

Sarah @ Running at Disney
Sarah @ Running at Disney

Great recap Kelly and I absolutely loved your costume! Good to see you again and thanks for the mention :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

It's always GREAT to see you! & Of course I included your fab recap!

Krissy @ Shiawase Life
Krissy @ Shiawase Life

I heart the meetups at Epcot, but the Tink one at Disneyland was INCREDIBLE too!!! I'd love a meetup at DISNEYLAND PARIS!!! :D

Beth Barbara
Beth Barbara

Thank you so much for including me. It was great meeting and chatting with you at Splitsville. Sorry we didn't get a chance to chat at the Meet-Up or the reception at Epcot. Hope to see you at TOT!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

It was wonderful meeting & chatting with YOU! Hopefully one of these days you'll make it to the west coast!

Nicole Decker
Nicole Decker

Thanks so much for hooking me up with the purple Team Sparkle Skirt. I was nervous it was going to be too short but surprisingly it was very comfortable with just the right amount of shimmer and coverage. I was so excited to get included in the Princess Meetup opportunity and truly hope I get to participate in another runDisney event one day. They certainly know how to put on a race!! I wrote up a recap of my Princess weekend if you would'nt mind reading & sharing it that would be great. I enjoyed reading your recap on Redbook online as well! http://ndeckerrunner.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/i-did-it-recap-of-5th-anniversary-disney-princess-half-marathon-weekend/ Thanks Kelly! Nicole

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Love that you rocked your Team Sparkle skirt! Can't wait to read YOUR recap!

Christina
Christina

Your recaps are always a wonderful little vicarious trip. While I'd definitely love to be part of a meetup on either coast, my ideal would be one at Disneyland, or both Disneyland and California Adventure. The Tink Half was both my first runDisney race and first half marathon; I was bitten hard enough that I signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare before I'd even run my half!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Wahooooo! It's easy to become to addicted to running Disney! I'm so thrilled you're running Dumbo Double Dare - it's going to be awesome!

Rosalina
Rosalina

I was there too and I loved it! My first Disney race (certainly won't be the last!) my first half and my first meetup! I had a blast- it was the highlight of my weekend. :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

wow! what a perfect inaugural runDisney race weekend! your first princess & your first meetup - such a lucky girl! which disney park do you want to see host a meetup next?

Pam
Pam

Loved your recap Kelly! Your meetup costume was so cute and made you belle of the runDisney ball, or rather meetup! Thanks for linking our recap!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

ahhh shucks! you are so cute! you girls looked great too! it was wonderful "running" into you again!

Elena
Elena

What a great recap Kelly! It was a magical morning for sure. So much energy --the perfect way to start the weekend!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

it definitely was a magical morning. if only every morning could start out with so much energy & inspiration!

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