In yet another expansion of its running options, runDisney has added a series of virtual 5K runs to its roster of events. These non-competitive runs, completed on the honor system, allow participants to earn Mickey medals while running at home during a summer 2016 timeframe. Registration for the runDisney virtual 5K runs opened April 28, the same day the series was announced.
The “Virtual Running Shorts Series” includes three different runs themed to the iconic look of Mickey Mouse: the Yellow Shoes 5K, the Red Shorts 5K and the White Glove 5K. Runners can select one of the runs, which have different time frames for completion.
The events in the Virtual Running Shorts Series are open for completion, depending on the specific run, between May 15 and June 30, 2016. The Yellow Shoes 5K, the first in the series, may be completed between May 15 and June 1, 2016. The Red Shorts 5K may be done between June 5 and June 18, 2016. The White Glove 5K is open between June 19 and June 30, 2016.
Participants in the runDisney virtual runs do the distance on their own schedule within the time frame, choosing their own courses or completing the mileage on a treadmill. Runners is used as an umbrella term; participants in these virtual events are encouraged to go at their own pace and preferred movement, whether that’s running, jogging, using intervals, walking or wheeling.
Registered runners will receive digital bibs and commemorative finisher medals, with the medals’ designs featuring the Mickey icon for that specific run (yellow show, red shorts, white glove). Those who register for the entire three-run 5K series (15K) will receive a fourth medal, featuring Mickey wearing his complete ensemble, as well as a Mickey tumbler. This series option, with additional commemorative items received for completing all the virtual 5K runs, is similar to runDisney’s race challenges at its destination races.
Registration for runDisney’s Virtual Running Shorts Series is now open for participants ages 5 years and older. Each 5K costs $39 per person, per race, or $142 for the three-run series. Entry fees for the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Participants must be registered for the virtual runs in order to receive the commemorative items. Those runners who do time their events determine their own methods and technology, but there is no need to report times or even the runs themselves. runDisney doesn’t require proof of completion in order for registered participants to receive their bibs, medals or tumblers. Participants will receive their commemorative items within 30 days of the race completion.
As with many virtual runs, the Virtual Running Shorts Series has a social media component. runDisney suggests runners use the hashtag #runDisneyShorts.
Virtual runs, which are increasing in popularity, allow runners to register and complete an event remotely. Some virtual runs require participants to run on the same day but many, like runDisney’s, offer a window for completion. Some require proof of run and/or finish time; others, like runDisney’s, operate on the honor system.
Also, many virtual runs are standalone runs that often organized as fundraisers for charities. This runDisney series benefits The Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, one of the celebratory charities for its destination races; participants may choose to donate funds to The Lymphoma & Leukemia Society during the registration process.