Pretty in Pink: My New Cinderella Running Costume

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Cinderella is Pretty in Pink!

What a week! The Disney Family Fun Run 5K and Walt Disney World 10K at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend are already behind me.

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Pluto made me miss my pup, Cinderella.

I picked up my Pluto medal Thursday at the Disney Family Fun Run 5K while dressed as The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘s Esmeralda with my mom by my side. Read all about it in my race report.

Today, I got my Minnie Mouse at the 10K this morning while dressed as Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle. I didn’t run a personal best like a hoped, but I gave it my all and got some great pictures with Daisy Duck and Pluto. Read the full race report!

I’m attending the weekend as a guest of runDisney and I’ve got just one more race and one more Disney running costume to don: The Walt Disney World Half Marathon. A photo of my costume is below.

In case this is your first visit to my blog, I’ll start with this: I’m obsessed with Cinderella. Why? I have no idea. She’s just my boo. She has been since I can remember remembering things.

Cinderella is the first book I remember my mom reading to me. I used to flip through its pages over and over and over. When I was 5 years old, we got a dog. My mother agreed to let me name him Bruno, after Cinderella’s dog.

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Cinderella at my wedding (Photo: Lev Kuperman)

Now I’m much older (cough, cough), and I named my current dog after Cinderella herself. Although we had a 1930s themed wedding, my husband let me put Cinderella and Prince Charming on their wedding day on the cake table, with a little Cinderella the dog addition.

I’ve even waxed poetic about what kind of runner Cinderella would be if she was a runner. And really she is; she runs so fast her shoes pop off.

I’ve already lovingly crafted not just one Cinderella running costume, but two. Cinderella and Prince Charming at the ball:

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At Disney’s Princess Half Marathon (Photo: brightroom)

And Cinderella and Jacques the Mouse in rags:

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Cinderella in Rags and Jacque the Mouse. (Photo: Marathon Foto)

So why not a third?

Pretty in Pink Cinderella Running Costume: A Dress For Cinderelly

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Cinderella loves her surprise

I have a tiny Limoges box in my bedroom of the pink dress the mice make for Cinderella. I also have a papier mache version of the book they use. I got them both when I was young. I’ve always loved that scene in the movie, when the mice sew a dress for Cinderella as a surprise. I love “The Work Song” and have it in my running playlist.

It’s paired with one of the most devastating scenes in all of Disneydom—the moment when her stepsisters rip her dress to shreds and she runs off to the garden crying. The film takes us from a moving moment of love to an intense moment of hate. It’s up there with the death of Bambi’s mother and Mrs. Dumbo cradling Dumbo during the “Baby Mine” Sequence. Those Disney movies, they know how to pull on your heartstrings.

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My pink Cinderella running costume

So I’m choosing to honor the moment of joy, the one that signifies friendship, love and hope as the mice make a dress for their best gal: the pink dress that was Cinderella’s mother’s.

This might be my favorite Disney and Cinderella running costume I’ve made yet. It’s funny, because I’m not a pink girl. But I’ve always had such an affinity for this dress and for “The World Song” scene that it give me giggles to inhabit it, even if for just 13.1 miles.

I felt a bit like the mice as I was sewing the ribbons onto the skirt and shirt.

“There’s nothing to it, really. We’ll tie a sash around it. Put a ribbon through it.”

As always, a full post with how I put it together this Cinderella running costume is yet to come.

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The mice get to work.

Cinderella has been very good to me as a running pal—both the dog and the princess. I ran to a personal best—which I’ve since shattered—at the 2012 Disney Princess Half Marathon. And I had a blast as Cinderella in Rags at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon. Now I plan on having a ball, pun intended, at the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon in my pink Cinderella running costume.

As always, if you see me out there, please say hello. I’ll be jogging this one and stopping for photos, so I’d love to meet you. It’s been so great meeting a few of you who have spotted me already.

Off to the ball!

As a member of the media, runDisney is giving me complimentary race entries, hotel and park tickets for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. I buy my own airfare, most meals, etc. As always, all opinions are purely my own. Disney does not give me talking points, post requirements, story suggestions or the like. As with everything, I choose what I write about, when I write about it, and always give my honest opinion. I firmly believe in being honest about my experiences and Disney is no exception. For more, read my Disclosure Policy.

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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  1. 1

    Absolutely stunning costume! Good luck at the race!

  2. 3

    I want you to do my costumes. :)
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  3. 5

    That looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to see the costume in action for your half marathon. Good luck tomorrow.
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  4. Marci Kirk #

    I LOVE all of your costumes! I think you are so creative! Love the articles as well! Good luck with the next two legs of the races!!

  5. 9

    Those are seriously authentic and cute. So excited to see you in your last costume. My aunt is there, running all 4 races in costume as well. I love it.
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  6. 11

    What a fantastic idea!! Can’t wait to see action pictures! :) Have a great race!
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