My husband and I recently ran the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. We had a really great time (except for the sore muscles!) and that made us think … There are plenty of races and fun runs all over the United States that we could do, and bring the kids along! Plus, the whole family can “train” together to get ready, so there are even more opportunities for quality time, while helping to build some healthy habits.
The Disney World Marathon Weekend is very popular, because it’s a lot of fun, and it’s a very well-run race series. There are races for all age groups, including a 5K Family Fun Run, a Mickey Mile, and assorted Kids Races. The whole family can get in the Disney spirit by dressing in costumes, too!
There are also other RunDisney events at different times of the year, in both Florida and California, so you can find one that works best for your family. And then spend a little time enjoying the theme parks!
Our first official run with the kids was this year’s Blue Bell 5K Fun Run, in Brenham Texas. The kids had a good time with our “training runs” each week (we ran for one minute, then walked for two minutes, and just extended our mileage a bit each time), and we practiced staying together as a group. After a while, they looked forward to our workout times, and were disappointed if the weather didn’t cooperate. What a great family activity! Their endurance increased, and we knew they would be ready.
As the Fun Run approached, the kids were very excited! We spent the night in a hotel, so it was like a real family vacation, and got up early to do our first 5K as a family. It was a foggy morning, but the kids were ready to put all their training to the test!
When we finished the run, Blue Bell Ice Cream supplied all the participants with medals and ice cream treats! The children were so happy, and filled with such a sense of accomplishment.
Another fun 5K for the family will be Disney’s course on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s beautiful private island in the Bahamas. It’s FREE to participate (ages 12 and up), and you even get a “medal” at the end. They have merchandise you can buy to commemorate your event, too. Just sign up at Guest Services on your cruise, and you’ll be all set!
I plan to do many more races with my family! If I can help you plan one for yours – whether it’s at Disney World, Disneyland, or on Disney Cruise Line; or if you just need some help finding a hotel for one of the many fun runs around the country – contact me, and I’ll be happy to help. My services are always at no charge to you.