2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Expo Recap

It wasn’t until Thanksgiving morning (after the family 5 mile run) that we decided to register for the 2013 Princess Half Marathon. Dad decided he would stay home for the weekend with daughter #3, Lucy the Labradoodle, and the girls would head to Florida for their first girls running weekend.  We knew that daughter #2’s childhood best friend and her sister would be running in honor of their mother who passed away 10 years ago on race day.  These friends would also be running their first half marathon and we had to be there to help cheer them on!

We arrived in Orlando on Friday morning.  Daughter #1 flew in from Chicago while mom & daughter #2 flew in from Houston.  We quickly met up at baggage claim and headed off to WDW.  From the numerous emails from runDisney we knew that we needed to take race transportation from the hotel to the Expo so our first stop was to check in at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Since our room wasn’t ready we dropped our bags and jumped on the bus to the Expo.

Like many others I was disappointed in the size / location of the Expo.  Bib pickup and a trip to runner relations to sort out a corral mess was a breeze.  Picking up our race bag and shirt was a long line.  The official runDisney merchandise line to enter the booth was even longer so we decided to divide and conquer.  I did all the shopping for Marathon Weekend so mom and daughter #2 shopped while I headed off to pick up pre-ordered shirts from Raw Threads, compression socks, and a new hydration belt or known to non runners as a fanny pack!  We quickly wrapped up our shopping for the day…  Little did we know that we would be back first thing the next morning.

Friday night due to my addiction to social media I learned that New Balance still had women’s runDisney New Balance shoes in sizes that would fit mom and daughter #2.  And to make it better runDisney was offering early registration for the Wine & Dine 1/2 marathon and after the sell out of Disneyland in a few hours we had to register hence the runorexic title!  After a quick discussion we decided we would head back to the Expo first thing Saturday morning on a shoe purchasing mission.  There were some crazy lines waiting to get into the Expo but luckily since our mission was shoes we could wait in that line.  The runDisney team handled the crowd gracefully and the New Balance reps were fantastic.  They fit mom & daughter #2 for their Minnie inspired shoes.  I took care of the Wine & Dine registrations for dad, me, and daughter #2.  We quickly wrapped up our Expo trip and headed back to the hotel to sort through the Expo loot!

-daughter #1

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