Disney changed the rules. Effective January 6th, 2016, there are new revised costume and safety guidelines for runDisney runners. Many knew this was coming despite emails from runDisney assuring no changes were coming. I for one am not surprised by the changes and in a sea of disappointed Disney runners, I may be one of the few happy to see the changes.
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Many runners plan their costumes out months in advance and these runners are likely very disappointed in the rule changes, especially as they came mere days before the WDW Marathon Weekend and Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. However as a soon-to-be-thrice-time runner of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, I am relieved that there will no longer be full-length princess dresses in front of me. I have run four Disney races in the last several years (two Princess Halfs, Enchanted 10K, and the Wine & Dine Half) and I am registered for three more in 2016, and I can attest to the annoyance of beautiful costumes being a nuisance to fellow runners on the course. I have stepped on dress trains and I have jumped over costume layers on the ground, many, many, (too many) times. I have been amazed at people’s costume creativity and baffled by how anyone could run in some of the getups.
At the end of the day, runDisney races, while fun to dress up for are still races, with all the lights, cameras, character photo opportunities, fireworks, music, and Disney festivities, they are still races; races to be run. If you can’t run in your costume or your costume prevents others from being able to run then you really shouldn’t be wearing it. I am in favor of the changes. What do you think of the changes? Is Disney taking some of the fun out of the run or making smart changes for the safety and comfort of all the Disney runners?