The inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend is finally here! From Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, I’m here to catch all the action as a media guest of runDisney.
The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney’s first event outside the U.S., includes the title half-marathon, Disneyland 5K, runDisney Kids Races, and ticketed parties the night before each event.
The courses tour runners through Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village and environs, including jaunts down Main Street, U.S.A. and through Sleeping Beauty Castle. And like all runDisney races, runners will find Disney characters and entertainment all along the way.
In true runDisney fashion, the race will be part of the new Castle to Chateau Race Challenge. Runners who complete the half-marathon at Disneyland Paris and a half or marathon at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in the same calendar year will earn a special medal for the occasion.
What else? Here’s a look at just some of the stats behind the first Disneyland Paris Half Marathon.
Disneyland Paris Half Marathon By The Numbers
230,000—people participate in runDisney events each year
13,000—runners registered for the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon
5,000—runners registered for the Disneyland Paris 5K
2,300—participants in the Castle to Chateau Race Challenge, who will complete the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon and a half-marathon or longer at Walt Disney World or Disneyland in the U.S.
83—oldest female runner, coming all the way from the U.S.
77—oldest made runner, also hailing from the U.S.
70—percentage of runners coming from outside of France
50—nationalities represented among runners
37—percentage of runners from the U.S., the largest national contingency
30—percentage of runners from France, the second largest group
12—Disney character meet and greets planned for the 5K and half-marathon
9—runDisney race weekends taking please each year at three different Disney resorts in two countries
6—Disney characters who will be dressed in specially made running outfits for the event
4 hours, 30 minutes—time it took for stand-alone race bibs to sell out in February 2016.
3—years it took to plan the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, with 80 people working on the planning team and 20 changes to the course during the process
2 hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds—women’s marathon world record, set in 2003 by Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Ambassador Paula Radcliffe. She’s running the 5K and half-marathon.
2—Disney theme parks participants will run through
1 year, 1 day—youngest “runner” at the runDisney Kids Races, a girl from the U.K.
1—first year of the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, runDisney’s first event outside the U.S.
I’m attending the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon as a media guest of runDisney. As always, all opinions are purely my own. Seriously. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.