The new Disneyland Paris 10k (and Hong Kong races)

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Since my disappointment at not running the inaugural Disneyland®Paris Half Marathon last year (if you’re not up on the story, a little matter of moving to the other side of the world got in the way), I’ve been steering clear of posting anything related to Run Disney and their news. But, last week they announced another new Disneyland®Paris 10k for 2017 – and I’m back in the UK the day it happens …

The run is a 10km that travels through both Parisian parks. It takes place the morning before the Half Marathon on September 23rd. As with the US races there’s also an option to run both the 10k and the Half Marathon which they are calling the Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Challenge – do this and you get an extra medal a’la the Dumbo Double Dare in LA and the Goofy Challenge in Walt Disney World.

I admit I’m tempted. I go back to the UK for work each September so I will be within a short flight to Paris on the 23rd. I couldn’t really commit to the half marathon on the Sunday as that would require staying in Paris two nights (and this trip has cost enough as it is) but I could fly straight home after the 10k which only means one night’s hotel bill. Hmmmmmmm.

Right now they are only booking race entry as part of a package – and I got burned by that last year and lost all my money so I’m not doing that again. I’m therefore waiting for them to release bib-only places – the website says these should be released in Spring 2017. Now I know I’m a bit muddled up with my seasons right now, but aren’t you very nearly into Summer over that side of the world- and just under 18 weeks to the race, which is when most beginners training programmes start? Erm, cutting it fine here Disney organisers!

Anyway, if you’re interested in finding out more about the 2017 Disneyland®Paris 10k, you’ll find all the details on the Disneyland Paris run page. I’ll let you know if I decide to give it a shot.

Oh and anyone over this side of the world there’s also a Hong Kong Disneyland running weekend just been announced there too that’s themed on the Marvel francise. I don’t have a lot of detail on this one as yet, but what I’ve discovered is that there’s a 3k, 5k and 10k taking place in the parks on September 16h and 17th. The first of these events took place last year so it looks like this might also become an annual thing – and it’s a lot nearer for me than Paris is! Entries open in the next week or so – here’s everything I know so far

These additions to the Run Disney roster brings the list of events around the world to a whopping 9 different weekends, in three different countries. Just in case you’re interested in finding out about any of the others, here’s the full list of what’s happening, when and where – warning the US events sell out extremely quickly so if there’s a race you’re really interested in find out when the event goes on sale and ideally sign up as soon as it does. Some of the events below may already be sold out – but chances are they’ll happen around the same time next year.


Aug 31-Sep 2: California: Disneyland Half Marathon -5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Disneyland Double Dare

September 16-17: Hong Kong Disneyland. Marvel Weekend. 3k.5k and 10k

Sept 21-24: Paris: Disneyland Marathon –  5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Challenge.

Nov 2-5: Florida: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Two Course Challenge

Nov 9-12: California: Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Infinity Gauntlet Challenge



Jan 3-7: Florida: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and Goofy and Dopey Challenges

Jan 11-14: California. Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side. 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Rebel Challenge

Feb 22-25: Florida: Princess Half Marathon Weekend, 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Challenge

April 18-22: Florida: Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Dark Side Challenge

May tbc: California. Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Pixie Challenge

Find details on all of these, except Hong Kong at Run Disney. For Hong Kong go the link above.


One thing to note, if you’re going to run in Florida, you will want to stay on an onsite Walt Disney World Hotel. Walt Disney World is set in a huge amount of it’s own land and on race day it can be hard to enter the site with a car as lots of roads are closed and traffic builds up quite quickly – and it’s nigh on impossible to get there without one at the time of day the races start. If you stay at an onsite hotel though you can take specially organised shuttle buses to the start which reduces the stress by a lot. There are heaps of hotels to choose from – my personal favourite is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as it’s like staying in a safari park!


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  1. Lynne

    Do it!!!! As it’s an inaugural event, it will make you feel better about missing out last year. They’re saying June for bib only, if that helps. Also if you sign up for emails, they say they’ll give ten days’ notice of sale date.

  2. NotYourNormalHealthBlog (Post author)

    I’m supposed to get mails but they keep kicking me off the list (grr). Will keep an eye out.

    Reply this thing on? Talk to me, it's lonely down here

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