Dress Like a Princess for Princess Race Weekend 2022!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World is coming up at the end of February. Get ready for costumed running fun by dressing up as one of the featured princess characters for this return to in-person princess running. The featured characters are

Cinderella for the 5K
Tiana for the 10K
Mulan for the Half Marathon

The main costume garment pieces featured here are from Etsy small business sellers (including us), most offering print-on-demand shirts, tanks, skirts, and leggings. I've picked out accessories to add to the costumes to make your look more authentic and memorable.

Cinderella Scullery Maid Costume Shirt & Skirt

Scullery Maid Cinderella Costume Accessories

When wearing her maid outfit, Cinderella wears a simple white rag in her hair. She uses a broom, and a bucket with rag for cleaning. And, while getting ready for her day, she sings to helpful blue birds and mice.

Cinderella in Rags Housework Scullery Maid All-Over Print Costume Skater Skirt – Before going to the ball and becoming a Princess, Cinderella was ordered to work as a scullery maid in her own home by her stepmother Lady... View on Etsy
CHARM Wide Headband Bandana for Women - Mens Large Hair Turban Head Wraps Boho Band White – STRETCHY, BREATHABLE AND STYLISH HEADWRAP - Our head bands are designed to fit snug, and secure with an elastic band comfortably sewn into the hairband. This... View on Amazon
Rubies Costume Company 36" Witch Accessory Straw Broom (Discontinued by manufacturer) – Brand new authentic licensed Pegan Witch broom; Great accessory for any Child's or Adult Pegan Witch costume; This posting includes: 36" costume accessory witches' broom; Please... View on Amazon
Disney Cinderella's Jaq Plush – Small – 8 inches – Genuine, Original, Authentic Disney Store; Detailed plush sculpting and embroidered features; Glittering velour hat and jacket; Knit shirt; Faux fur tuft; Felt tooth; Soft ears and... View on Amazon

Princess Tiana Lily Pad Costume T-Shirt Dress

Princess Tiana Running Costume Accessories

Complete Tiana's look with these accessories. A running style athletic headband is a great costume piece that's practical, too. Tiana wears long green gloves and a delicate green jeweled necklace with the lily pad dress. Neither of those accessories is particularly runner-friendly, so depending on your pace, your goals, and your photo op ambitions, choose the accessories that will work best for you.

Tiana Headband, Running Headband, Yoga Headband, Frog Princess Tiana Yoga Headband, Princess Headband, Princess Tiana Headband – Complete your costume with this adorable and comfortable moisture wicking headband! Headband measure 9" wide x 4" tall, tapering in the back to about 1.5" tall. Made... View on Etsy
ZAZA BRIDAL 15.5" Long Shiny Stretch Satin Dress Gloves Below-The-Elbow Length 8BL-Lime Green – Satin Below-the-elbow Length(8BL) Gloves Available in Many Colors.; One size Fits Most.; Stretch quality.; Approximately 15"~15.5" in length from the tip of the middle finger to... View on Amazon
EVER FAITH Rhinestone Crystal Luxury Banquet Ball Floral Waterdrop Necklace Earrings Set Green Gold-Tone – Elegant floral jewelry set with pear-shaped drop for bridal or prom. Made of crystals. Wearing this kind of jewelry will make you more eye-catching.; It will... View on Amazon

Warrior Mulan (Fa Ping) Costume T-Shirt Dress

Warrior Mulan Running Costume Accessories

Complete your warrior Mulan look with these fun accessories. Make sure you're comfortable carrying props for the distance you'll be running as Fa Ping, and double check that your props comply with runDisney rules if you're running a WDW race.

You could carry a foam sword like the ones featured below, or check your local dollar store toy section for something similar. Wear your hair up, tied with a green ribbon. Carry Mushu with you for dragon power!.

17" Foam Prince Sword Toy Set Party Supplies (6 Swords) – Each package comes with an assortment of foam swords with blue with yellow handles and red with blue hand covered handles. Perfect for distinguishing separate team... View on Amazon
Berwick Offray 068878 7/8" Wide Single Face Satin Ribbon, Emerald Green, 6 Yds – Single face satin ribbon is a silky, lush type of ribbon, and 7/8" width is perfect for wedding and seasonal decorations, gift wrapping, embroidering, sewing, and... View on Amazon
Thank You Mulan Mushu Dragon Plush Doll 12" – Cute and Collectible; Soft and Cuddly!; Size: about 12inches; Ship by 4px, 8-14 days arrive. View on Amazon

Princess Running Costume Idea: Mirabel Madrigal

Are you looking for something different to wear for the upcoming Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend? If you're running but don't want to dress up like one of the race theme princesses, or any princess, for that matter, how about something non-traditional, but still Disney?

Mirabel Madrigal is the heroine in the latest animated Disney feature film, Encanto. Dress up as this extraordinary, ordinary character who saves her family with her own special kind of magic. With costume pieces featured below, you can channel Mirabel's energy and unique look during Princess race weekend or for another costumed run.

Mirabel, born into a magical family, wears a unique outfit that is embellished with fun floral designs and child-like details.

Mirabel Madrigal Costume All-Over Print Polyester Running Costume T-Shirt

Cute Mirabel Costume T-Shirt Design Also Available in Youth and Kid's Sizing

Encanto Inspired Mirabel All-Over Print Kid's Costume T-Shirt – Dress up as the ordinary, extraordinary Mirabel Madrigal with our whimsical Encanto cartoon film character inspired costume t-shirt. Note that this is a printed shirt with no... View on Etsy
Encanto Inspired Mirabel All-Over Print Youth Costume T-Shirt – Dress up as the ordinary, extraordinary Mirabel Madrigal with our whimsical Encanto cartoon film character inspired costume t-shirt. Note that this is a printed shirt with no... View on Etsy

Mirabel Madrigal Costume All-Over Print Polyester Running Costume Skirt

Ideas for Mirabel Madrigal Costume Accessories

Encanto Inspired Mirabel All-Over Print Costume Casual Leggings – Dress up as the ordinary, extraordinary Mirabel Madrigal with our whimsical Encanto cartoon film character inspired costume leggings. These color block style leggings use the shades... View on Etsy
Ethnic Style Bag Lady's Everyday Crossbody Shoulder Bags Women Tourist Handbag – Outer material:polyester.Inner material:canvas; Strong durable made of thick quilted woven cotton and at the same time lightweight.Practical design with plenty of room for your cell phone.wallet.makeup... View on Amazon
Puma Unisex-Adult Eyewear Round/Oval 100% Acetate PU0107O-30001251-006 – Temple Length: 140mm; Lens Width: 48mm; Bridge Width: 20mm; Frame Shape: Panthos; Lens Color: Transparent; Imported; Comes with a protective designer case and cleaning cloth; MSRP: $109.00. View on Amazon

Replica Mirabel Madrigal Costume Sling Purse Bag

If you've got the time, this replica bag could be a perfect accessory for your Mirabel Madrigal running costume.

NOTE: The prop bag ships from China and delivery time is about 30 days!

For less than $8 including shipping (price at the time of posting), you can get your hands on this fun costume bag.

Unfortunately, there is no size information for the bag in this listing. There is an option to purchase the bag along with other costume elements. The entire package is for children, so the bag may be on the small side -- which could work out well as a running costume prop.

Local Race Report: Holiday Stress Buster 2021

This was my fourth time participating in the Lake Helen Stress Buster, always on Christmas Eve. Previous reports: 2016 | 2017 | 2019.

With nearly 700 finishers, this was by far the largest Stress Buster I've attended. It was fun to see such a large and festive group, with many runners dressed in holiday gear or funny Christmas outfits.

Training & Goals
In July my persistent but manageable knee pain became acute and I went to an orthopedic doctor for help. Unfortunately, while prescribed physical therapy exercises have helped with strength deficiencies, my knee pain persists. I'll be trying different treatments to get back on track. Meanwhile, I'm mostly walking. 

Race Day: December 24, 2021
Lake Helen is close to home. I arrived with plenty of time to find a nearby parking spot and get my bib. It was about 55°F with 94% humidity and clear, sunny skies as the race began.

There were a lot of West Volusia Runners at the race. I haven't been going to meetups so I saw a lot of unfamiliar faces join in our group photo. 

Mile 1: 16:15
After a five minute warm-up walk, I decided to try running 30 seconds between 2 minute walk intervals. I met up with my friend Lauren during this mile and we stuck together with these intervals for the rest of the race.

Mile 2: 16:52
Course support is provided by local residents who cheer on the runners as we head through the cute town of Lake Helen.

Mile 3+: 16:31, 1:56*

Recommendation
This is always a nice little local holiday race. The course through Lake Helen is pretty and festive, and the event is well-managed. It's flat and fast for racers looking to PR and it's very walker friendly, too. Recommended.

Chip time: 51:10
Placement details: 32/39 in Age Group, 543 overall out of 693 finishers
Race Amenities: Cotton t-shirt, medal for all finishers, free race photos
Cost: $22.17

*I forgot to turn off my Garmin until well after crossing the finish mat.

Race branded photo and featured photo (c) Almost There Photography
Running to the finish line photo (c) Marieann Bannan

Princess Race Weekend Outfit Ideas: Officially Licensed Leggings & Tank Tops

In their Zazzle shop, Disney offers a huge selection of officially licensed apparel and other gear. I previously shared how to use Zazzle's tools to customize race t-shirts, and shared some simple printed costume pieces using leggings with matching tank tops.

Marathon Weekend Costume Ideas: Officially Licensed Disney Character Leggings & Tank Tops

Design Your Own Officially Licensed Disney Race Shirt

With Princess race weekend coming up at the end of February, I thought I would highlight Zazzle's offerings featuring the race mascot princesses:

Cinderella for the 5K
Tiana for the 10K
Mulan for the Half Marathon
Moana for the Challenge

The all-over print racerback tanks are made of a soft ring-spun polyester/spandex blend. 

Note that there are two styles of leggings: full-length regular fit; and capri length with a high waist. Both are made using a comfortable, breathable polyester/spandex blend, and neither has pockets. 

Both the leggings and the tanks are made using a cut-and-sew process; the design elements on the different pieces of fabric might not line up exactly. This is normal and shouldn't be too noticeable while wearing. 

The leggings and tanks are great for racing but also comfortable for post-race park hopping.

Cinderella for the 5K: Leggings and Tank Top Ideas for Princess Race Weekend

Princess Cinderella "Express Yourself" Jumbo Character Leggings

Found on Zazzle

Cinderella poses with a sassy look on her face. She holds a glass slipper in one hand as she wears her ball gown with iconic choker necklace and hair in a high, loose bun. The princess is featured large and bold along one leg; the rest of the leggings have a subtle blue pattern with text that reads "Make Your Own Magic".

Selection of Cinderella All-Over Print Tank Tops

Cinderella | Have Courage Tank Top – Cinderella sitting in her blue dress next to the phrase "Have courage and be kind". View on Zazzle
Cinderella | Crowned By Friendship Tank Top – Disney Princesses are empowered heroines who dream, create and celebrate magical adventures! They help inspire young girls to see how brave, strong and fearless they are.... View on Zazzle
Cinderella | Dream Big Tank Top – Disney Princesses are empowered heroines who dream, create and celebrate magical adventures! They help inspire young girls to see how brave, strong and fearless they are.... View on Zazzle
Cinderella | Friendship Is Fearless Tank Top – Disney Princesses are empowered heroines who dream, create and celebrate magical adventures! They help inspire young girls to see how brave, strong and fearless they are.... View on Zazzle
Cinderella | Dream It, Then Do It Tank Top – Disney Princesses are empowered heroines who dream, create and celebrate magical adventures! They help inspire young girls to see how brave, strong and fearless they are.... View on Zazzle
Princess Cinderella 3 Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Cinderella - Kindness Rules Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Cinderella | Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Tank Top – This modern, pop art design includes Cinderella & her fairy Godmother in a bright, comic print. View on Zazzle

Tiana for the 10K: Leggings and Tank Top Ideas for Princess Race Weekend

Princess Tiana "Fearless" Jumbo Character Leggings

Found on Zazzle

Tiana is shown posing in her iconic light green ball gown. The princess is featured large and bold along one leg; the rest of the leggings have a beautiful purple pattern that contrasts with Tiana's green outfit. The purple pattern includes icons like a carriage, castle, and hearts.

Selection of Tiana All-Over Print Tank Tops

Tiana - Eager and Ambitious Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Tiana - I am a Princess Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Tiana - Dreams Are The Spice Of Life 2 Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Tiana - Inspiring Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Tiana - Confident Princess Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Tiana - Cooking up a Dream Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle

Mulan for the Half Marathon: Legging Options and Matching Tank Top Outfit Ideas for Princess Race Weekend

Mulan "Fearless Dreamer" Jumbo Character Leggings

Found on Zazzle

A big bold print of Mulan is featured on one of the legs of this pair of Disney leggings. A village building is shown on the other leg; the background image is a starry night on dark blue.

More Officially Licensed Mulan Leggings

Mulan Illustrated Panels Pattern Leggings – Disney's Mulan | Pattern featuring illustrated panels of Mulan and Black Wind. View on Zazzle
Mulan "Loyal Brave True" Flower & Spirit Pattern Leggings – Disney's Mulan | Pattern featuring watercolor flowers, guiding spirit, and symbols for "Loyal Brave True". View on Zazzle
Mulan Illustrated Panels Pattern Capri Leggings – Disney's Mulan | Pattern featuring illustrated panels of Mulan and Black Wind. View on Zazzle
Mulan "Loyal Brave True" Flower & Spirit Pattern Capri Leggings – Disney's Mulan | Pattern featuring watercolor flowers, guiding spirit, and symbols for "Loyal Brave True". View on Zazzle

Two Awesome Mulan All-Over Print Tank Tops

Mulan and Mushu 2 Tank Top – Princess View on Zazzle
Mulan | Fearless Dreamer Tank Top – Disney Princesses are empowered heroines who dream, create and celebrate magical adventures! They help inspire young girls to see how brave, strong and fearless they are.... View on Zazzle

Moana for Princess Race Weekend Challenge Runners: Officially Licensed Leggings & Tank Tops

Whether you're dressing up in a Moana-themed outfit for one of the weekend's races, or looking to channel the character while park hopping later in the day, there are a lot of options featuring Disney's Polynesian Princess.

Officially Licensed Moana Leggings

Moana | Sail By The Stars - Pattern Leggings – Meet Maui from Disney's animated adventure, Moana. He's half god, half mortal, all awesome! Here we see the South Pacific demigod pulling back the sun in... View on Zazzle
Moana | Land And Sea Are One - Pattern Leggings – Let's get tropical! Amazing colorful patterns from Disney with a Moana inspired mosaic of the ocean islands of the pacific. The ocean princess's boat making waves... View on Zazzle
Moana | Maui - Shape Shifter Pattern Leggings – Meet Maui from Disney's animated adventure, Moana. He's half god, half mortal, all awesome! Here we see the South Pacific demigod pulling back the sun in... View on Zazzle

These Moana-inspired pattern leggings match well with a variety of different tank top styles, from bold images taken from the animated feature to matching patterns, here are some great options.

Officially Licensed Moana Tank Tops for Princess Weekend Running or Park Hopping

Moana | Heihei - Very Important Rooster Tank Top – Heihei is one very important rooster. This cute little animal is inspired by Disney. His friendship to Moana, the ocean princess, leads him on an amazing... View on Zazzle
Moana | Floral Pattern Tank Top – Revisit the magical world of Moana with this cute pattern inspired by Disney! Featuring the ocean princess herself and a beautiful floral pattern, this colorful design... View on Zazzle
Moana | Pua The Pot Bellied Pig Tank Top – Let us introduce Pua, the pot-bellied pig from Moana. This playful piglet is the beloved pet, sidekick and best friend of the Ocean princess, Moana. Pua... View on Zazzle
Moana | Retro Poster Pattern Tank Top – Get motivated to explore beyond the horizon with this retro Disney inspired poster. Become a bold adventurer like Moana! This patterned print features baby Moana, the... View on Zazzle
Moana | Sail By The Stars - Pattern Tank Top – Meet Maui from Disney's animated adventure, Moana. He's half god, half mortal, all awesome! Here we see the South Pacific demigod pulling back the sun in... View on Zazzle
Moana | Pua - I'm No Bacon Tank Top – Look at Pua! This cute character from Disney's Moana is so adorable you could just eat him up. No wait. This cartoon pig isn't for eating!... View on Zazzle
Moana | Maui - Island Lifter Tank Top – This intricate Polynesian inspired tribal art hails from Disney's awesome animated adventure, Moana. Here we see the loveable demigod, Maui under attack by Te K?, a... View on Zazzle
Moana | Island Daughter Tank Top – This adorable design depicts the young island princess, Moana long before her big ocean adventure. Even before she became Daughter of the Ocean, it was clear... View on Zazzle
Moana | Discover Oceania Tank Top – Find what lies beyond the sea with this enchanting design from Disney's Moana. This beautiful ocean scene shows the two epic adventurers, Moana and Maui on... View on Zazzle
Moana | True To Your Heart Tank Top – Discover Moana, the demi-god Maui, their little pig friend Pua and the rooster Heihei in this cute design from Disney! Together these amazing animated characters follow... View on Zazzle
Moana | Set Your Own Course Tank Top – Sail across the Pacific Ocean with Disney's Moana, an adventurous and headstrong young girl who strives to save the people of Motunui. Accompanied by the mighty... View on Zazzle
Moana | One With The Waves Tank Top – You ever seen an ocean princess before? Well you're in luck! Here's Moana with her arms held wide and flashing a big smile in excitement. This... View on Zazzle
Moana | Sailing Spirit Tank Top – Check out Moana surfing a stencilled wave! This ocean heroine has no fear with her sailing spirit guiding her. This Disney character has her oar in... View on Zazzle
Moana | Kakamora - Coconut Pirates Tank Top – Cute little coconut creatures sounds like fun right? What if I told you they were the mythological kakamora from Disney's Moana!? These pirates covered in their... View on Zazzle
Moana | Adventurer, Voyager, Wayfinder Tank Top – Moana is a sweeping animation about an adventurous 16 year old girl who sets sale on a brave journey to save her people. Moana is Disney's... View on Zazzle
Moana | The Ocean Is Calling Tank Top – Is the ocean calling you? Revisit the magical world of Moana with this cool, ocean themed design from Disney. Our cartoon heroes Moana and Maui, making... View on Zazzle

If you decide to use one of these kits or costume pieces for your race, check if Zazzle has any coupons or promotions to apply. If you're not in a hurry, wait until a great sale before making your purchase.

2021 runDisney Snack Box Contents

After each runDisney race, participants can pick up a bottle of water and/or sport drink, a banana, and a runDisney snack box.

What's inside the box? There was only one in-person race weekend in 2021, so the answer for this year is below.

Usually, though, the contents vary from weekend to weekend. I think if they ever got rid of the chips and cheese, there would be mass outrage. I shared what I got during a couple of 2017 race weekends here:

Typical runDisney Snack Box Contents

A few things seem to come back time after time. The rest depends on things like the race series, time of year, and participating sponsors.

runDisney's return to in-person racing took place during the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November 2021. It also marked the return of the runDisney snack box! Here's what I got in my post 5K-box.

  • Alejandro On The Go Cheese Snack
  • Shearer's Bite Size Tortilla Chips
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Snacks
  • Azar Sunflower Kernels
  • small moist towelette

Just four food items is surely more than adequate for a post 5K snack box, but more items would be nice for the longer races. In the past we'd get six items. I definitely missed having GoGoSqueez as a sponsor this year!

Marathon Weekend Costume Ideas: Officially Licensed Disney Character Leggings & Tank Tops

In their Zazzle shop, Disney offers a huge selection of officially licensed apparel and other gear. I previously shared how to use Zazzle's tools to customize race t-shirts.

Design Your Own Officially Licensed Disney Race Shirt

Zazzle also offers athletic-style leggings and all-over-print tank tops in costume style, making for easy and officially licensed costume choices for races. 

The leggings are made of a comfortable and slightly compressing polyester-spandex blend. Note that these do not have pockets of any kind, so you'll have to carry any necessary nutrition and/or gear in a waist pack, armband, or other method.

The tank tops are also made of a poly-spandex blend.

I'm highlighting these for the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2022, but these would be great for other races where running in costume is part of the fun.

Note that both of these garment styles are made using a cut-and-sew process, which means that the design elements on the different pieces of fabric might not line up exactly, which especially depends on the size of garment you're purchasing. This is normal and shouldn't be too noticeable while wearing.

Buzz Lightyear Costume Leggings and Tank Top

Dress up like old-school astronaut toy Buzz Lightyear with this easy kit. With the origin-story Lightyear movie coming out next summer, this Toy Story character is as popular as ever. Consider adding a blaster as an accessory to go with this printed kit.

Toy Story | Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Suit Tank Top – Check out this cute graphic of Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger suit! View on Zazzle
Toy Story | Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Leggings – Check out these Buzz Lightyear inspired Space Ranger leggings! View on Zazzle
Toy Story Disney 4 Buzz Lightyear Blaster Toy Space Ranger Set, Includes Star Command Badge - Light & Sound! Perfect for Kids, Boys Halloween Costume Prop – Defend the galaxy against space monsters and Interstellar invaders; Buzz Light-year space Ranger set includes: Buzz Light-year blaster with lights and sound effects and Star command... View on Amazon

Toy Story's Jessie Costume Leggings and Tank Top

Dress up like Woody's gal pal sidekick Jessie with this legging and tank top set. I dressed as Jessie for the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon with a different kit (self-painted shirt, denim-look skirt, cow print socks). Consider adding a red hat to complete this fun costume look.

Toy Story | Jessie's Cowgirl Outfit Tank Top – Check out this cute graphic of Jessie The Yodeling Cowgirl's outfit! View on Zazzle
Toy Story | Jessie Cowgirl Leggings – Check out these Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl inspired cowgirl leggings! View on Zazzle
elope Toy Story Jessie Hat Standard – Size: Standard; Officially licensed; Soft red velvet exterior w/ white lacing around brim; 22" circumference w/ elastic band around crown. View on Amazon

Toy Story's Sheriff Woody Costume Leggings and Tank Top

Like Jessie above, consider adding a costume hat to complete your Woody costume.

Toy Story | Woody's Sheriff Outfit Tank Top – Check out this cute graphic of Woody's Sheriff outfit! View on Zazzle
Toy Story | Woody's Cowboy Outfit Leggings – Check out these leggings in the style of Woody's blue jeans and cowboy boots! View on Zazzle
Disney Pixar Toy Story Costume Woody Cowboy Hat for Kids – RIDE LIKE THE WIND: Take up the mantle of the famous sheriff himself with the officially licensed Disney Toy Story Kids Woody Hat by elope; PERFECT... View on Amazon

Mrs. Incredible / Elastigirl Costume Leggings and Cotton T-Shirt

Note that this costume top is an everyday cotton shirt, not a polyester or sport blend. For that reason, this outfit might be best for a 5K distance. Add a pair of long black sweatbands to your wrists to copy the superhero look -- they're cooler than gloves.

The Incredibles Logo T-Shirt – Disney/Pixar Incredibles movie logo. View on Zazzle
Mrs. Incredible Leggings – The incredibles View on Zazzle
WILLBOND 6 Inch Wrist Sweatband Sport Wristbands Elastic Athletic Wrist Bands for Sports (Black) – Quality material: the wrist sweatbands are made of 85% , 12% spandex and 3% nylon, soft and comfortable to wear, lightweight and durable for use; Absorb... View on Amazon

If you decide to use one of these kits or costume pieces for your race, check if Zazzle has any coupons or promotions to apply. If you're not in a hurry, wait until a great sale before making your purchase.