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Old 11-13-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Do guys run the Half Princess?

Just wondering if any guys plan to run this 1/2 Marathon.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Just wondering if any guys plan to run this 1/2 Marathon.
It's a small percentage of men, but there are definitely men! My husband is doing it this year.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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Just wondering if any guys plan to run this 1/2 Marathon.
Guys can run the half princess, but they cannot start in the front corral, and they do not track guys for age awards or anything like that. (Guys get a finishing time, AFAIK, but there are no guy awards.) I think there is a mens option for the shirt, however.

Actually - I think that there are more women registered than men for the marathon in 2013 - pretty soon, the question might be if guys run any of the runDisney events.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:33 AM   #4
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There are some who do, but only the lucky ones who can find a running princess dress in their size.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:20 AM   #5
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Guys run and SAHdad is correct on his information.
I love it when guys run as princes not princesses. In fact the first year, my daughters and I were creeped out after we saw a cute snow white, full makeup, but as it got light we realized it was a guy. But you do see many cross dressers.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:26 AM   #6
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I love when guys run the race - especially those that take the experience as an opportunity to support those around them and dress up. It isn't like some women's races that I have participated in where men are just about attacked for being there. Instead, every guy is welcome. But, if winning a race or being in the first couple of corrals is important to you, I would suggest not participating. Guys cannot win the race, but they can get awards, and they must start in Corral C or further back. A lot gripe, but they seem to be okay with it crossing the finish line.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:54 AM   #7
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I've run the Princess Half the last two years and had a blast, so yes guys can run this race.
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So a guy can run just in the back corals. Thas fine but would I get a finisher medal?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:00 AM   #9
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So a guy can run just in the back corals. Thas fine but would I get a finisher medal?
As long as you finish yes you will get a finishers medal.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:19 AM   #10
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My best friend's husband is running it with us this year! Hopefully he waers a tutu
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:25 AM   #11
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As long as you finish yes you will get a finishers medal.
Hmmmm, seems like as long as one starts you get the medal.


Regardless, yes there are more guys out there than one would expect. You are relegated to wave 2 or higher but it really is not a dude race. If a couple things happen at work, I may find myself able to run this and other WDW events as a local. Hopefully, that did not just jinx the karma ... it's still a high hurdle for this to happen as I am a little over compensated for the position as they had it approved.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:25 AM   #12
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Yes, you can run in C or later, get a medal, and even a men's size t-shirt.

If you are going to run it, just be sure to have some sense of humor and realize that the goal of the race is not to exclude men, but rather to promote a healthy lifestyle among women. If you come in being supportive, you will be welcomed. However, I think we've all seen the one or two guys who come onto the facebook group the day after complaining about they weren't allowed the win who make all the other guys look bad. These guys are just missing the point. Just don't take it too seriously, and have a good time!

I love the guys who dress up. There are guys who dress like princesses, princes, frogs, etc. Many have t-shirts made up with some joke about trying to find a princess.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:06 AM   #13
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Hmmmm, seems like as long as one starts you get the medal. ...[snip]...


Anyhoo, to the OP...as others have said, guys are more than welcome at the Princess Half. Start thinking about your favorite princess, as you'll need to indicate your choice for your race bib! Unlike in past years, as others have said, they do have unisex race shirts available (despite the fact that they don't have women's cut shirts available for other races......but I digress).

I ran the Princess Half with my brother in 2011 (he had a Belle race bib). I think the ratio of women to men was 30:1 or something. The bro never felt uncomfortable or unwelcome, and he wasn't trying to, like, win the race or anything, so not starting in the first corral wasn't an issue.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:08 AM   #14
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Yes, you can run in C or later, get a medal, and even a men's size t-shirt.

If you are going to run it, just be sure to have some sense of humor and realize that the goal of the race is not to exclude men, but rather to promote a healthy lifestyle among women. If you come in being supportive, you will be welcomed. However, I think we've all seen the one or two guys who come onto the facebook group the day after complaining about they weren't allowed the win who make all the other guys look bad. These guys are just missing the point. Just don't take it too seriously, and have a good time!
I'll confess that the C corral bugs me a bit. I think C is about a 2:15 or 2:30 half - which means that it is something like 2 minutes/mile slower than my normal pace. And for a guy, I am not fast. That's a lot of dodging and weaving to do just in order to run at my normal pace, not race it. (I think they should have had gender-graded performance levels - A corral for women needs a 2:00 finish, but for men to get there, it is a 1:40 or 1:30.)

Anecdotally, I have heard that, the faster a guy runs the race, the less welcoming the crowd and other runners get. (I wonder how much of it is a gender-reversal of the whole "getting chicked" dynamic?)

Lastly - I rarely hear much complaints about the Princess. It seemed to me that it was the Tink that really drew the ire - that Disney decided to do another women-centric race, but the clues, while they alluded to it, did not state at the outset that the race would be women-centered. (Well, plus the realization that a men-centric race would probably call down the wrath of Kathrine Switzer and a whole host of women's groups.)

We're on verge of heading seriously off-topic here. To veer back, yes, guys can run in the Princess and Tink. They can't start in the front, and there are no age-group awards for the men, but they do get finisher's medals. Anecdotally, the women accept the presence of men on the course, but YMMV.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:11 AM   #15
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My husband is running it this year with me. I am trying to convince him to dress up.
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