Bling… Hardware… Gongs… Medals have been called many things. But to me, I call any medal I get “an achievement“. It’s a notch in the tree, a check mark off the bucket list. A medal is something that I will wear and display proudly. I have received only two medals from races, the first being a nautilus pendant that I wear EVERYDAY and the second from my first half-marathon. I am so excited to receive my third medal, the 2014 Princess Half-Marathon from runDisney!
The Disney Princess Half-Marathon medals have always been made for “running royalty.” Each medal has been decorated with a colored crown jewel, signifying the year of the race.
- 2009 – Inaugural Royal Purple Heart
- 2010 – Pristine White Diamond
- 2011 – Emerald Green Diamond
- 2012 – Royal Purple Diamond
- 2013 – three Pretty Pink Diamonds to signify the 5th anniversary of the race
The first four medals kept the same basic shape of Cinderella’s Castle resting on an oval. 2012’s medal received a new treatment of the logo which in my opinion made a more “magical” medal. The others were more generic. The fifth-anniversary medal was very well designed. RunDisney captured what I call the “heart of a Princess.” They realized that it takes strength, courage, and perseverance to run one of these races, the same qualities in every Disney Princess. What better idea to give every finisher something that symbolizes that?
This year, RunDisney has revamped the overall design, foregoing the classic oval shape and keeping the “heart of a Princess” shape from last year’s medal. This year’s jewel color is blue, my favorite color, and they also added blue detail to the logo. I can’t wait to see this in person!
I’ll update this post after the runDisney Princess Half-Marathon Expo and post pictures. I’ll also post what I do with my third medal EVER! Stay tuned and happy running!!!
Update!!! POST RACE! I am a QUEEN!!! Princesses every where were jingling with race bling post race. As I wore mine the WHOLE day, I received so many congratulations from cast members AND other visitors at the park and the hotel. Other princesses were calling each other “Your Highness” and “Princess” and were giggling from the runner’s high we all had… WE DID IT!!!
Your medal was also the key to many discounts and privileges at the Downtown Disney After-Party! So, future Princesses… When you earn yours (not if, but WHEN), definitely wear it with pride all day and you’ll have your “happily ever after”! *crying for joy* Happy running!!!