Race weekends are jam-packed with fun, and I’m not just talking about the obvious perks of getting to spend a few days in the park, enjoying the attractions and delicious food.
Walt Disney World recently wrapped up its RunDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – which includes a 5K and 10K, in addition to the 13.1 – and in a surprise to literally no one who has ever visited a Disney park, it was magical.
If you’ve been thinking about participating in a RunDisney event – or running your first race, period – you should move the princess-themed races to the top of your list.
Here are just a few reasons runners love this particular race so much.
- There’s amazing merchandise. Every year during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, RunDisney unveils some of the most beautiful and exclusive merchandise, including wine glasses, Tervis tumblers, race-themed Minnie ears, spirit jerseys, pins, and magnets. Runners can find all of this at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, where the race expo is held.
- Everyone dresses in costume. Part of the fun of Princess Half Marathon Weekend is that almost everyone is wearing some type of costume. Whether they pull the look together themselves or choose to buy a costume or themed t-shirt, the princess vibe is strong. Some people even do character mashups (think: Jedi Anna).
- The finisher medals are awesome. Each distance has a theme, right down to the medals that are presented to runners at the finish line. In the past, medals have been designed in the likeness of the princesses from Tangled, Sleeping Beauty, Brave, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen.
- Characters line the course. Yes, there’s a good chance you’ll find Disney princesses and sidekicks – and sometimes even villains – in both the pre- and postrace areas and along the course. You’ll likely also be greeted by the park’s biggest stars: Mickey and Minnie.
- Every mile is Instagram-worthy. There are photo opportunities throughout the race, from backgrounds set up by race staff to princess-themed mile markers, park icons, and cast members with fun signs.
- The postrace food is out of this world. You deserve a treat after 13.1 miles, and there are an abundance of options within the park (this is Disney, after all), from Mickey waffles to those towering Dole Whips.
Still need convincing? Scroll through to see some of the best photos from this year’s race.
We Need to Discuss These Really Awkward Photos of Hannah B’s Suitors For a Sec
After an unorthodox season of The Bachelor, Hannah Brown was named the next Bachelorette. The 24-year-old former Miss Alabama even met a few suitors immediately after the news was announced at Colton Underwood’s “After the Final Rose” special. Talk about baptism by fire, right?
Now, ABC has begun teasing the forthcoming season by releasing photos of all 33 suitors. Although we have no information about these suitors apart from their names, ages, and hometowns, we’ve decided to rank them, and – because we’re not entirely shallow – we’ve based it on body language alone. Our major takeaway is that these men really love to jam their hands into their pockets as soon as they come face to face with a camera. They do it in such creative ways, too! See our not-so-definitive ranking ahead.
Can you be sustainable if you’re on the pill? We ask the experts…
Being on the pill has it problems. The artificial hormones, the side effects and the inconvenience of remembering to pop it every day are all considerations for those taking the daily contraceptive method. But now it seems there’s yet another factor to think about – the potential environmental consequences.
You may remember the headlines a while back all about how the contraceptive pill is turning fish transgender. While somewhat puffed out of proportion, there was a level of scientific fact behind them.
Researchers realised that hormones – namely ethinyl-estradiol, a synthetic form of oestrogen – in freshwater lakes was altering the genes of fish, altering their behaviour. These behavioural changes varied from finding it harder for them to find food and how they interacted with predators, to problems with procreation.
According to Charles Tyler, Professor in Environmental and Molecular Fish Biology at Exeter University, who has been researching the topic for 20 years, the hormonal contraceptive pill is a major contributor to the issue. “The oestrogen in the contraceptive pill is a major player in causing the feminised responses in wildlife, specifically fish, in the UK rivers,” he told GLAMOUR.
“I think there needs to be greater emphasis on so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals (chemicals that we discharge into the environment that affect our bodies’ hormone systems),” he went on to say. “Oestrogen is just one example of such chemicals.”
According to the recent research, over 200 chemicals can have oestrogen-like effects, as well as other drugs like antidepressants having an effect. But as well as the hormones humans may excrete through urine, there’s also the issue of chucking medication down the loo. “Any pharmaceuticals that are not used should not be disposed of via the toilet, but rather be returned to pharmacies or GP clinics where they can be incinerated,” advises Professor Tyler.
While the contraceptive pill provides affordable and reliable birth control to millions of women, and is seen by many as an important tool for women’s sexual liberation, it’s hard to ignore the negative impacts it’s presenting over time.