The First Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Medals

In under 80 days time runners from all over the world will descend upon Disneyland Paris to take part in the inaugural Half Marathon weekend, and today the resort released the first official images of the medals that will be distributed to everyone that crosses the finish line.

Half Marathon
The gold medal of the half marathon which will be run on the 25 September 2016 features Mickey Mouse and  the Sleeping Beauty Castle of Disneyland Paris.



5 km Race
Little chef Remy features on the medal of the first 5 km race to be held at Disneyland Paris. Does this mean that runners will be running thought  Place de Rémy at Walt Disney Studios Park on 24 September 2016?



runDisney Kids Races
For the younger runners taking part in the Kids Races being held on the 24 September 2016, they will receive this colourful medal which features  Mickey Mouse.



Bonus Medal for the participants of the “Castle to Castle” challenge.
This special award will be given to the competitors who have completed the Disneyland Paris  half marathon as well as  one of the runDisney races at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, in the same calendar year.

The gold  “Castle to Castle” medal showcases the castle of the french park and the  flags of America and France.



If  you have not registered to take part in the Disneyland Paris marathon weekend, there is still time to do so at



Fun and magic at the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend


After the  first announcement in February, Disneyland Paris has published further details of its Inaugural Half Marathon Weekend event scheduled to take place on September 23-25, 2016.

This event never seen before in Europe will take place at Disneyland Paris. It will propose a mix of unique races for kids and adults. The weekend will be organized with support of runDisney and its successful 20 years experience in staging running events at US Disney theme parks.

The new three-day race weekend will involve kids races, a 5K family race and a half marathon, plus several family fun experiences such as the Health and Fitness Expo, a Friday night private party and the Saturday night pre-race Pasta Party.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming runDisney. It will make Disneyland Paris the world’s third Disney destination to host this successful sporting event that offers a whole new running experience for the young and young-at-heart,’’ said Tom Wolber, Président of Euro Disney S.A.S.

It’s a storybook run straight out of a fairy tale through Disneyland Paris and the countryside villages that surround the Disney Parks. And that’s just the start of excitement: amazing courses, special events, family and kids’ races, a fun-filled finish line celebration and everyone’s beloved Disney characters and animations to cheer along the courses and create unforgettable weekend memories.

Let’s have a look at the program!

Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon – September 25, 2016

The half marathon will immerse participants in the middle of all the Disney magic through the two spectacular Disney Parks and then through the countryside and villages around the Parks before circling back to Disney Village en route to the finish line for a victory celebration and exclusive Disneyland Paris Inaugural Half Marathon finisher medal. Disney Characters and animations will be along the race course to make it even more fun and magical!

Disneyland Paris 5K family race – September 24, 2016

Share the adventure with a magical family run through Disneyland Paris cheered on by Disney Characters. Participants will run through the two Disney Parks. Perfect for beginners, intermediates or even racing veterans aged pre-teen and older, this is a running event where families pass the finishing line with unforgettable memories.

runDisney Kids Races – September 24, 2016

A magical race for the youngest runners!

Children under 12 are invited to participate in a series of runs designed specifically for them. Parents can also run with their kids. The event will feature a 100m dash followed by the 200m and 400m races. For older kids, there is even a 1K and 2K race! And every participant will go home as a winner with their very own runDisney Kids Races Inaugural Event Finisher Medallion!

runDisney Health and Fitness Expo – September 22-24, 2016

One-Stop headquarters for everyone’s race weekend needs!

Package registration will start next October 6th, 2015. For further information, go to

Disneyland Paris Inaugural Half Marathon Weekend will definitely be a unique and unforgettable experience in Europe. So warm up, on your marks, get set, and be one of the first to enjoy miles of smiles on a magical run through Disneyland Paris!

Laurent Charbonnier talks about the Disneyland Paris running weekend.


In September 2016, Disneyland® Paris will organize its first running week-end. It will involve children and adults and the races will be adapted to each one. The Business Solutions teams – supported by the runDisney teams, have a little more than a year to set this first ever project in Europe.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming runDisney. It will make Disneyland Paris the world’s third Disney destination to host this successful sporting event that offers a whole new running experience for the young and young-at-heart,’’ said Tom Wolber, Président of Euro Disney S.A.S.during the official announcement.

To better understand the ambition and the logistic challenges of such an event, Disneyland Paris News met with Laurent Charbonnier from the Business Solutions teams. He is in charge of organizing the half-marathon week-end at Disneyland Paris.

This half-marathon at Disneyland Paris is not the first great sports event for which you have worked. Could you tell us a little about your history at Disneyland Paris?

Disneyland Paris hosts a great variety of sports events, like the world weightlifting championships (Championnats du Monde d’Haltérophilie) or the Disneyland Paris Leaders CupLNB between the best French basketball teams, and in the near future they will welcome the first Disneyland Paris half-marathon  as well as the Junior Ryder Golf Cup (2018).

Each event is a unique experience and it allows Business Solutions – the department I have been working in now for over eight years – to show another aspect of our activity: sports events. I have always worked in the event sector and I am a real sports fan. So to be able to bring together these two aspects, and what is more in this magical destination of ours, allows me to help satisfy and enchant the participants as well as the spectators.

This semi-marathon is a major first for Disneyland Paris. Which are the main challenges you will face to organize it?

An event of so wide a scope is a true logistical and operational challenge, since it will involve a great number of venues. Not only the two theme parks and the backstage areas,  but certain areas outside our site in the neighbouring municipalities will also be concerned. We therefore have to ensure a perfect cohesion between the different actors in every aspect of the organization, the course of the race and the entertainment.

But that is not all. The contents of this event must also be unique. Our motto is, “Each kilometer is magical.” The first-objective is to offer all the participants and the people who accompany them a unique experience, in line with the Disneyland Paris quality standards, and those of runDisney, our American partner. They have been running –excuse the pun! – this type of event in Florida and California for nearly  20 years!

And more concretely, how do you prepare this type of event?

The event in 2016 will be a major first time at Disneyland Paris. A sort of inauguration.  It is important to work up stream and prepare the different teams that will be intervening, so that each person and team can feel empowered. This transversal project pulls in a great number of different departments much before the event itself. In total there are some fifty departments, including sales, distribution, communication, marketing, the creative services, entertainment, merchandise, etc. Then we must remain in tune with all the operational participants throughout the preparatory phase and the event itself, needless to say. For nearly two years I have been totally involved 7/24 in this event. I am accompanied by my colleagues whom I thank for their efficiency, their professionalism and their sense of humour! 

How many participants are you expecting? 

It’s too early to talk about numbers. The runDisney concept lies more on the experience than on the performance. And the phenomenon of « experiential » races is in full development in running. Our event has already garnered great interest that we can measure by the feedback on the social networks. Nevertheless, in order to reach perfect + quality, we have limited the number of participants for the various races (children’s races, 5km family race and half-marathon). We expect half of the participants to be foreign. 

But rest assured that the 1st Disneyland Paris Half-Marathon Week-End will be to this day the most important sports event to be held at our destination. Obviously, our objective is to ensure the success of this first meet, to ensure its future and to work in parallel to develop this concept with other types of race, new themes, and an ever greater number of participant

Source: Disneyland Paris News

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend Promo Video


The marketing of next years Disneyland Paris half marathon which is being organised by Christophe Josserand, Special Events Manager (Sport Business) of Disneyland Paris Business Solutions and runDisney moved up a gear today with the launch of a promotional video for the event and a  Facebook Events page.

You can sign up for more information about the event here which will be held between 23 – 25  September 2016.