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A Designer Running Disney

The 2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon  Finisher's Medal

Last June, I decided to run a half marathon. I’d never run anything more than the mandatory mile in high school, so this was a huge deal. I signed up to run the Disney Princess Half, and 9 months and 270 miles later, I finally ran it this past weekend. Disney made every effort to create an impressive race weekend full of Disney magic, and over 45,000 people raced in 3 different races.

With every race this weekend, there were start and finish lines, mile markers, race bibs, medals, and more that all needed countless hours of design. The mile markers and the start/finish lines also needed to be engineered in order for them to be set up and torn down quickly to open the parks to the guests who weren’t racing. Even third-party companies like Pandora and Alex and Ani created event-specific pieces designed especially for race weekend.

Overall, the event was well worth the nine months of training. As a designer, it was a symphony of design elements working together, and as a runner, it was an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.

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