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5 Must-Have Items for Your runDisney Event

With any adventure, preparation is key to ensuring your runDisney experience is as enchanting as it deserves to be. In this blog, we'll unveil a treasure trove of tips and insights, gathered from the wisdom of seasoned runDisney enthusiasts, to help you make the most of your runDisney adventure. So, lace up your running shoes and fasten your seatbelts for a journey into the world of runDisney, where dreams come true one magical mile at a time.

In the realm of racing, where the thrill of the finish line meets the enchantment of beloved Disney characters, there exists a truly magical experience known as runDisney. These races are not your typical marathons; they are journeys into the heart of the Disney universe, where miles are measured in smiles and finisher medals feel like pieces of pure pixie dust.

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While we have not personally participated in a runDisney event, many of our friends have. So, we picked their brains about their favorite items for these special events so you can be prepared whether you’re a seasoned runner or a newbie!

  1. Mylar Thermal Blanket - Even though Florida is known for the heat, runDisney events start VERY early in the morning. Buses typically start running at 2:30 and the last pickup is at 3:30…A.M. A large chunk of the events are during the winter, so it can be a bit chilly in the morning, sometimes as low as the 40’s. And depending on which corral you’re in, you could possibly be waiting up to two hours until you actually get to the start line. These lightweight blankets can help keep you warm until you start your running journey. They are disposable, so you can ditch them in the nearest trash can when you start! You can purchase yours here:

  2. Body Glide - Even non-runners know that chafing can cause the most magical trip to become your worst nightmare. Make sure you have an anti-chafing stick handy to reapply while running. We love the Body Glide brand because they are tiny and can fit easily within your belt bag! You can purchase yours here:

  3. Belt Bag - While some running prefer not to use a bag while running, our friend Claire loves the SPIbelt Bags. These bags are perfect for running because they are very small, but can fit your necessities like your phone, ID card, AirPods, and a portable charger. They are also made for runners, so they are comfortable for long distances! You can purchase yours here:

  4. Sunglasses - Due to the early start of this race, it’s easy to forget about the Florida sun. But when that sun starts to rise, it brings new meaning to the Batuu greeting of “Bright suns!”. Our friends and veteran runners, Jenny & Laura, recommend the brands Air Fit and goodr. They have found that these brands do well while running, as they don’t seem to slip off your face when you start to sweat! Air Fit’s site: goodr’s site:

  5. Cute Outfits - Okay, so while these are not necessary, we believe that it helps add to the magic! Dressing to the runDisney theme or as your favorite character can help motivate you to keep going and also provide really fun photo moments with surprise characters along the path! Of course we have put together some looks for you over on our Template Shop. We styled these for the Princess Half Marathon in 2024, but they will work for any runDisney event! Claire shared with us that glitter tutus are not anyone’s friend while running, so we made sure the items we selected were cute AND functional for any run. We hope after you purchase these outfits that you have one less thing to worry about, and you can now focus that energy on training! If you like what you see but would like something a little more customized for your run, we are happy to style you using our Full Look custom option. You can also purchase this package for a look in the parks to showcase your medals! The sky is the limit!

Honorable Mentions - Need more ideas? Michele recommends a lightweight portable charger for your phone, and of course, bluetooth AirPods to make sure you can listen to your favorite Disney tunes to keep you motivated!

Also, you can check out her podcast “Let Me Adjust My Ears” and a very special episode where she specifically talks all about runDisney and its origin here!

So, before you head to the start line, double-check your list of necessary items. Ensure you have your bib, running essentials, and those little Disney-inspired extras that will make your runDisney adventure truly unforgettable. And as you race through the parks, high-five characters, and take in the awe-inspiring scenery, savor every moment, because you're not just running; you're making magical memories that will last a lifetime.

*While a majority of this blog was written by Once Upon a Wardrobe (including all the ideas for helpful items as we incorporated information from interviews done with friends and veteran runners), parts of this blog were written with the help of Chat GPT.

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