World Record holder Paula Radcliffe and TV personalities Michelle Heaton and Ryan Libbey were amongst thousands of runners who took part in the third annual Magic Run Weekend at Disneyland Paris this weekend.
From the 100m kid’s race to the half marathon, there was something for all types of runner at the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend, the European event on the runDisney programme.
The stars joined Mickey Mouse and almost 26,000 fitness fanatics to compete in races through both Disney Parks. Taking in the sights along the way including Sleeping Beauty Castle and the world famous Main Street U.S.A., whilst being cheered on by their families. Ahead of the event, Mickey Mouse and Goofy posed for pictures with the group in his very own special running attire to give them some extra motivation.
Proving she’s as fit as ever, Magic Run Weekend Ambassador Paula Radcliffe took on the 36K challenge, with her family joining her for the 5K race. Speaking of her weekend, Paula said:
“For me, it’s always a pleasure to come to the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend. It’s a magical event. This year, my son came with me so that together we could enjoy the Disney atmosphere and characters, as well as behind the scenes at the theme parks. This is what makes the event, which manages to bring together fans of Disney, newcomers to sport, regular sportspeople and experienced runners, so great.” – Paula Radcliffe
Michelle Heaton completed her hattrick of Magic Runs through Disneyland Paris in just 2 hours 25 minutes dressed as the Evil Queen from Snow White, as her children who had competed in Kids Races earlier in the day were by her side to cheer her on. Speaking of the experience, Michelle said “this was my favourite year competing in the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend so. It meant so much this year. I think it’s because Faith and AJ are of that perfect age where they really understand the magic of Disney and how hard it is to commit to something like this. It gives them something to aspire to, especially when they did their own mini race yesterday. I cried as soon as I got over the line. To have both the kids run up and truly be proud of me means so much.”
Made in Chelsea star Ryan Libbey conquered 10K in an impressive 55 minutes. Speaking of his experience, Ryan said “It was such a privilege to be able to take part in the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend. It’s super special to see the park before it opens to the public and you also get to meet some characters along the way, which is a bonus, as is the added atmosphere and support from all of the Disneyland Paris staff on the sidelines cheering you on all of the way around. It’s truly a magical experience and I enjoyed it so much!”
When they weren’t participating in the weekend’s magical runs, the celebrities took time to soak up the magic of Disneyland Paris by enjoying viewings of Disney Stars on Parade! and the night-time spectacular, Disney Illuminations. The thrill-seekers also made time for the attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
The Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend 2018 saw a 25% increase in the number of participants compared to last year with 26,000 runners including 3,500 children, from 70 different nationalities, with some of the biggest characters from the Disney, Star Wars and Marvel universes on hand throughout to get competitors into the Disney spirit.
The Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend includes:
- The runDisney Kids Races – magical races for apprentice runners
- Disneyland Paris 5K – takes place at night with stars in the skies
- Disneyland Paris 10K – allows participants to run with friends or family throughout the Disney Parks
- Disneyland Paris – Val d’Europe Half Marathon – the most enchanting of the half-marathons
- 31K Challenge – 10K on Saturday 22 September followed by 21K on Sunday 23 September
- 36K Challenge – 5K on Friday 21 September, 10K on Saturday 22 September followed by 21K on Sunday 23 September
- Castle to Chateau Challenge – Challenge DisneylandParis-Val d’Europe Half Marathon + Half Marathon or Marathon in USA*
The Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend will return from 19-22 September 2019.
For more information visit: http://run.disneylandparis.com/bookings