September 30, 2016

Logistics for running the Disneyland Paris races

When runDisney announced the Disneyland Paris race weekend during the Princess Half Marathon race weekend in 2015, we knew we would want to attend this inaugural event.  With little information available online, including the option for race bibs without a hotel stay we decided to go with the tour operator in France to book our trip.  The list of official tour operators for the race included one in many different countries. Someone we met in the Expo line on Thursday from the US told us they used the UK travel partner since it was easy to book online.  I called the number provided for the Paris tour company and finalized the details last October.

September 28, 2016

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon race recap

The inaugural Disneyland Paris half marathon was held on September 25th in Marne de Vallee outside of the city of Paris.  With a start time of 7am and staying at a hotel just a 10 minute walk to the corrals, we actually got to sleep in compared to the US runDisney races.  After our walk to the corrals (we were in B) we listened to the loudspeakers play music and the announcers getting the crowd revved up for the race.  They were dressed in tracksuits, unlike the runDisney announcers in the US who dress in costume on race morning.  It was a festive atmosphere and soon they were sending off the first corral of runners after a fireworks display for all the runners instead of a sendoff for each corral. With a B corral placement, we were started at approximately 7:15.  With quite large corrals, they sent the runners off in small waves within the corral and that worked out beautifully.  One thing to note, the course is marked in kilometers, so this can be a challenge to compute how far you have gone in miles. We got to the finish line sooner than I expected since my math was not correct.