Registration Opens for Virtual Disney Event

Runner for runDisney virtual races

As some of you may or may not be aware, 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. Disney is hosting a series of theme park events, specialty merchandise, and unique surprises throughout the year to celebrate this one-in-a-lifetime milestone.

runDisney medal

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Among these experiences is the 2023 runDisney Virtual Series, featuring Mickey Mouse throughout the years. Each virtual event challenges participants on a 5K course (3.1 miles), accommodating experienced sprinters to first-time runners. The three Mickey-themed races are The Steamboat Willie 5K, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 5K, and The Runaway Railway 5K. Participants are welcome to compete in all three as The Disney 100 Challenge.

The Steamboat Willie 5K

This race course pays tribute to Mickey Mouse’s original debut in Steamboat Willie (1928).

Steamboat Willie animation

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 5K

Fans of Fantasia (1940) and Fantasmic! in the Disney Parks will surely be familiar with this iconic Mickey Mouse. This race honors the legendary film and its popularity today throughout various Parks, including the Magic Kingdom and Disney California Adventure.

Sorcerer Mickey in Fantasia

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The Runaway Railway 5K

Speaking of Disney Parks…this virtual race adventure is inspired by the theme Park attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Resort called Runaway Railway.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

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Guests who take on all three (the ultimate Disney100 challenge) will earn a special medal featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. The award also doubles as a magnetic to show off your runDisney success.

For those unfamiliar with the runDisney Virtual series, they allow you to participate in a run through the path of your choice as opposed to a live runDisney event at the theme parks. The virtual element also lets runners participate at their own pace in their own time, unlike in-person Walt Disney World marathons.

Registration is officially open, and the virtual runDisney event is open from June 1 to August 31.

Each participant will receive the following:

  • Themed Finisher Medal
  • Digital Bib and Finisher Certificate
  • Digital Race Tool Kit featuring printable mile markers

Happy running, Disney fans!

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)