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Embracing the Magic: Virtual runDisney Races in 2024

Hey there, Disney fans and running enthusiasts! If you’re anything like me, you’ve found a new love for virtual races during the pandemic. When the world pressed pause on in-person races, virtual events became a lifesaver, keeping us moving and motivated. Today, we’re diving into the magic of virtual runDisney races in 2024. It’s time to lace up those sneakers and embrace the enchantment from wherever you are!

The New Era of runDisney Virtual Races

The Summer Series: A Dash of Disney Magic and Virtual 5k Disney Runs

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane: who else enjoyed the virtual races that sprang up during COVID-19? It was fantastic, right? But, like all good things, they’ve had to evolve. runDisney is now offering just two virtual race events a year. Don’t worry, though—I’m still planning to do them both!

The first event we’ll talk about is the Summer Series. Picture this: you’re running a virtual 5K each summer month (June, July, and August) while celebrating the delicious snacks at Walt Disney World. Complete all three, and you’ll earn the prestigious Challenger Medal. For 2024, it’s all about the snacks—it’s called the Pineapple Whip Soft Serve Challenge! If you’d rather not do the full challenge, you can tackle a single virtual 5K Disney run. Choose from the Mickey Mouse Waffle, Mickey Mouse Bar, or Minnie Mouse Candy Apple. 

I’ve decided to go for the full challenge this year. The medals? Absolutely adorable. And the extra bonus? A Mickey Mouse Snack Bowl! I mean, come on—it’s about the run and the fun, but it’s also about those medals and prizes.  It’s a snacktacular celebration for sure.

My  virtual 5k disney medals on the wall with a sign

The Virtual 12K of Christmas: Festive Fun for All

Moving on to the next big event: the Virtual 12K of Christmas. This festive challenge consists of three 4K runs. Last year’s event was a blast, with medals shaped like ornaments and a swag bag that included a hoodie, a Corkcicle mug, and a hot cocoa kit. 

I can’t wait to see what the 2024 runDisney race has in store for us. Maybe we’ll get festive-themed gear, perfect for a holiday season filled with health, joy, and a touch of Disney magic. Whether you’re running through snowy streets or sunny paths, the Virtual 12K of Christmas will keep your spirits high and your fitness goals on track.

runDisney Christmas medals for virtual run that look like ornaments

A Magical Experience: My Personal Running Journey

When I’m at Walt Disney World, one of my favorite spots to run is the track around Hourglass Lake by the Pop Century Resort. I have completed several runDisney virtual series on this path.  Three laps around and you’ve got yourself a 5K, complete with some stunning views. There’s something magical about combining a love for running with the allure of Disney.  

Being able to participate in these virtual runs allows me to feel connected to the Disney community even when I’m not physically at the parks. It’s a way for me to stay motivated and inspired on my fitness journey, while also getting a dose of that special Disney magic that always brightens my day.

So why not lace up those sneakers, grab some friends or family, and join in on the fun? Whether it’s your first virtual run or you’re a seasoned pro, the Virtual runs at Disney are an unforgettable experience that everyone can enjoy. Who knows, you may just find yourself running through one of these magical parks in the future – making memories and earning some shiny medals along the way.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Virtual Run

If you’re new to virtual runs or looking to enhance your experience, I’ve got some tips to share! First off, set a fun and motivating playlist—nothing gets you moving like your favorite tunes. Dress the part too—wearing themed gear can make the experience even more special. And remember, just because it’s a virtual run doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Invite friends and family to join you, either in person or through a video call. Running together, even if miles apart, adds a special sense of community and accountability.

Hydration is key, so make sure to have a water bottle handy. And don’t forget to warm up before the run—it helps prevent injuries and gets you in the zone. Lastly, celebrate your achievement! Post your run, show off your bling, and share the joy with your social media circles. Virtual runs are not just about the miles; it’s about the memories and the fun along the way.

Although it’s a bit of a bummer that runDisney won’t be mirroring the virtual races with in-person ones, I still find immense joy in participating in these events. The sense of community, the excitement of earning new medals, and the thrill of sharing these experiences with fellow Disney fans make it all worthwhile.

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Join the Fun: Your Invitation to the runDisney Community

If you’re planning to be in town, and on property, during a race weekend, such as the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, be prepared for extra crowds. But hey, isn’t that part of the fun? The excitement, the camaraderie, and the infectious joy all around make it an experience like no other. So, whether virtual or in-person, let’s embrace the magic and make the most of every moment!

So, there you have it—an enchanting glimpse into the 2024 runDisney virtual races. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting, these events offer a unique way to stay active, connect with a vibrant community, and indulge in a bit of Disney magic.

Have you participated in a virtual runDisney event before? Are you excited about the upcoming Summer Series or Virtual 12K of Christmas?  Let’s celebrate our love for Disney, running, and the awesome challenge medals that come with it!

Remember, the magic is in every step you take. Happy running!

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me outside with my Christmas 12k hoodie on