Tips for Registering for runDisney Events
It sometimes seems like registering for a runDisney event has become a race of its own! Race weekends are very popular and events often sell out quickly. Here are some tips to help you register for the race you want.
- Keep Informed: Registration dates are published in advance on the runDisney website, but sometimes things come up and the dates change. Follow runDisney on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all of the latest news and developments. On Facebook, be sure to RSVP to the events you are interested in on the "Events" tab. You can also sign up to receive email reminders from runDisney.
- Be Prepared: Set up an Active.com account in advance and be logged in at least 10 minutes prior to when registration opens. Remember that registration times are listed as Eastern Standard Time, so adjust accordingly to where you live.
- Register Yourself: My husband and I often sign up for the same race. He has his own Active.com account and we each register ourselves as soon as registration opens. I generally register our boys when they run, but we both have the ability to register our children (under 18) from our Active accounts.
What if it says "On Hold" when I get to the race I want?
If it says "On Hold" that means the queue is full at the time. Keep refreshing as spots may open back up for your race. I have been on hold before and still been able to register.
What if a race is "Sold Out" by the time I get into the system?
First, take a deep breath! There are other options for you.
Option 1: Travel Providers – runDisney partners with multiple travel providers that have race bibs for each event. You can find links to each provider under the "Registration" tab of the specific race weekend page on the runDisney website. Benefits of using a travel provider include specially priced room and ticket rates, runner packages, quality service from professional Disney planners and more.
Option 2: Charity Groups – You can run for a cause! There are many charity groups represented during each race weekend. Charity groups also often offer specially priced room and ticket rates, plus you have the satisfaction of running as part of a team that's making a difference for a worthy cause. Links to charity groups can also be found under the "Registration" tab of individual event pages on the runDisney website.
Option 3: Volunteer – I cannot say enough wonderful things about the runDisney volunteers. They are truly a highlight of each race and you can join them! It's so much fun and extremely rewarding to support the runners on a course. Find out more about becoming a volunteer here.
I hope these tips help you get signed up for your favorite runDisney race weekend!
Lori is a member of the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel representing runDisney. She is here to answer your questions and help you plan your runcation.