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  • On Jun 21, 2012
    Jessica from OH Asked

    As I get more comfortable with my work out schedule, I often find myself dreaming of running the Princess 1/2 one day, but I am not a strong runner; I would need to run and walk. What is the course time maximum? Are there many people who run and walk it?

    Hi Jessica!  I am SO glad you sent me this question! 

    The Princess Half Marathon in 2009 was my first half marathon, and pretty much my first race ever!  (I had never been a runner, but I will do anything to get to  experience Disney World in a new way!)  I was very nervous that I would be panting my way to the finish line hours after the "real runners" were already finished and napping back in their rooms!  I was pleasantly surprised to find that run/walkers AND fast-walkers were very well represented and very welcome on the course!   It just took that one race, and I was officially addicted to racing!

    I have run the Princess half three times now and it has grown in participant numbers and athlete diversity as well.  There is a 16-minute/mile pace limit, but that is really just a fast walk.  A high number of participants use the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run method, and in fact, he is runDisney's official trainer. 

    You will find a large number of run/walk and fast-walk racers at every runDisney event.  It is truly one of the things that I love about runDisney.  It's not about finishing with a fast time, but it's about being active and having a great time with all of your favorite Disney characters at the most magical place on Earth!

    I hope you decide to sign up for the 2013 race.  I would love to help you plan for it, so please send me any questions you may have!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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