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Running marathons to meet characters

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In recent years Disney has really stepped up its game when it comes to entertaining runners while they are participating in various Run Disney events.  One of the more special parts of running a Disney Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K event is the opportunity to meet rare and very rare characters along the path.  Along with the typical Fab 4, one might run by some special Disney celebs.  During the last twelve months Run Disney has hosted events including the Tangled Royal 5K, the Princess Half Marathon and the Disney Marathon Weekend.  Here’s a few of the special Disney characters that have appeared during some of those events:

Big Bad Wolf
Captain Barbossa
Darkwing Duck
Jack Sparrow
John Smith
Launchpad McQuack
Li Shang
Ludwig Von Drake
Rescue Rangers
Scrooge McDuck
Shan Yu
Three Pigs

My daughter and I are going to make our first ever 5K attempt with the Happy Haunted 5K “Fun Run.”  We’ll see if it’s actually fun or not :)  While I’m an extremely competitive person (Ultimate touring for example), I have no intention of doing this for competition, but for fun, to share some memories with my daughter and to hopefully meet a few characters.  We’ll each be running in costume too.  It will also be my first time in the ESPN complex at Walt Disney World.  What about you?  Would you do a Run Disney event just to meet a few rare characters?

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Sunday 15th of December 2013

We are thinking of doing the Happy Haunted 5K in 2014. What characters can we expect to see?


Sunday 15th of December 2013

It varies each year, no way of knowing in advance


Thursday 20th of September 2012

This will be my first 5K, and I'm doing it just for the characters. :) As long as I make it out ok, lol, I'm hoping to do the Princess 5K since I really want to meet Shang!


Tuesday 18th of September 2012

I totally would! (esp. seeing Li Shang, Darkwing Duck and LaunchPad are on the list!) I'm actually trying to convince my sister to do a half marathon while I walk the 5K...I'm not exactly in the best shape XD

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