My Disney Running Costumes: Drumroll Please…

Disney running costumes

Esmeralda from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

If you’ve ever poked around, “Run, Karla, Run!” you know I loves me some Disney running costumes.

This year at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which I’m attending as a guest of runDisney, I got to come up with three—count ’em—three Disney running costumes for the Disney Family Fun Run 5K on Thursday, Walt Disney World 10K on Friday and Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday.

Disney running costumes

My Esmeralda costume

Esmeralda Disney Running Costumes

First up for the Disney Family Fun Run 5K is Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Who can forget the sultry gypsy who sings one of Disney’s most haunting tunes, “God Help the Outcasts“?

But I won’t be alone. I’ll be run-walking the 5K with my mom, who is doing her very first race.

At a girls getaway last year, we took a Bollywood dance class together where we wore some incredibly fun coin skirts that tie on, just like Esmeralda’s. My mom bought two of them, one of which is perfect for my Esmeralda costume. So that will be the pièce de résistance.

And my mom? She’s wearing a coin skirt too. She’s not going full Esmeralda like me, but she’ll be a little gypsified too. She’s bringing the skirts with her, which is why mine is not pictured. We land at Walt Disney World today.

So if you’re out on the 5K course and you hear two ladies jingling near you, it might be us. And yes, I plan to actually carry that tambourine, too.

If you see me out on the course, please stop me and say hello!

There will be more Disney running costumes as the weekend marches on. Stay tuned…

Next up:

My Walt Disney World 10K Costume

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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    I love it! Can’t wait to see what you are wearing for the rest of the weekend.
    Lisa @ Lisa Runs for Cupcakes recently posted..A New Year: 2014 Running GoalsMy Profile

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    Awesome! The faster 1/2 & flatter 1/2 will see you there! :-)
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    I can’t wait to see all the costumes :) Half the fun will be seeing what everyone comes up with.
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    Love your costume!! I hope you have an amazing time this weekend. I feel like it is going to be a great time for you!You have really been running strong with your streak, and you are going to look great in that costume! Have a blast, cant wait to read all about it!
    Laura @losingrace recently posted..Rise & Shine, Boston Training TimeMy Profile

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    I love seeing what costumes people come up with. This one is fantastic. Can’t wait to hear about your weekend!!
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