Monday, December 5, 2016

runDisney 2017 Princess Medal Reveal

Happy Medals Monday! Alright Disney Princess fans, we got a big reveal this morning!  RunDisney gave us ALL of the medals to be earned during the upcoming Princess Half Marathon Weekend, which will be the 9th anniversary.  Okay so here we go!
(runDisney)
As was previously suspected and confirmed, it's going to be a Beauty and the Beast themed weekend.  With the release of the 25th anniversary animated film this year and the much-anticipated live action version, this was not a huge surprise.  What may come as a surprise is some of the BIG changes to these medals. Let's go through them!
(runDisney)
Since Lumiere got his own challenge this year (part of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend), Cogsworth gets his own kids races and accompanying medals.  These medals are still rubber and colorful to keep the small ones safe.
(runDisney)
Mrs. Potts and Chip take center stage on the 5k medal.  This will be the first "metal" medal for the Princess weekend since runDisney announced earlier this year that all 5k medals would move away from the rubber design.  You can really see the bright, themed ribbon on this one.
(runDisney)
The 10k medal starts to be all about the Princess of honor this race weekend - Belle.  Not only does her silhouette, with legendary magical rose) appear on the medal, she also graces the ribbon.  While the general 10k medal style is consistent with years past, the ribbons have never featured the princess' images.
(runDisney)
And now for the big one - the Half Marathon.  When I first saw this, I was shocked.  Typically, the half marathon medals have been subtly themed with a more general princess feel.  This one is all out Belle with the magical rose as the point of focus.  Gone are the crystals and tiaras, instead we get enamel and a new shape.
The Glass Slipper Challenge (you earn this for running the 10k and the half marathon distances) is also getting an update.  It's been converted into a spinner for 2017 and will feature the famous glass slipper on one side, with a fresh Glass Slipper Challenge design on the other side.

To be honest, I'm not sure what I think right now.  First reaction is that I love the 5k and 10k designs.  I'm okay with the spinning Glass Slipper Challenge medal, though find it unnecessary.  I'm really conflicted about the Half Marathon.  I loved the elegance and not overly themed design of previous years.  This is all Beauty and the Beast, no doubt about it and that unique identity is likely what runDisney was going for here.

So what do you think - do you love them, like them, hate them?
Are you running any of the 2017 Princess races?

12 comments:

  1. Ha, before I even read your own feeling on the medals I was thinking the exact same thing. I'm glad Disney re-designed the half medal as I think it was time. I'm just not sure it was the right design????? I love the 5K and 10K design though. This year at the Jingle Jungle 5k was the first time I earned a disney 5k medal that was not rubber.

    I'm not doing princess next year but I did do one when the theme was Beauty and the beast years ago!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Okay I'm glad it's not just me. So here's my theory. To draw people to keep coming back year after year (i.e. going for the medal chasers), runDisney is trying to make the medals more unique every year. That way you can't say, "oh I have that medal."

    And for the life of me, I can't remember which year was Beauty and the Beast before. Had to be pre-5 year anniversary because those have been Cinderella, Frozen, and Little Mermaid ....in other news, I may have a problem/obsession ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow that "Belle Bell" is quite a departure! I do agree it needed to be redesigned. The old one was tired for sure.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha yeah everyone thinks it looks like a giant bell! A redesign would be nice ... I'm just not sure this is the one I would have picked. Seems like runDisney is doing a lot of major medal redesigns lately!

      Delete
  4. I am disappointed with the half marathon and glass slipper designs. I love the 5k medal! It seems like there could have been so much opportunity to a great design and I was looking forward to the fancy and bling on the half marathon medal. Insert sad face here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally get what you mean and agree. Anyone can make a big, colored medal, but I want my Princess medal to have sparkles and "diamonds" in it gosh darn it! I get it they want a more "themed" approached, but I just feel let down every time I look at the half medal (not the 5k or 10k). Challenge change just seemed so unnecessary!

      Delete
  5. Wow, those medals are amazing! I can see why so many people want to run these races!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Disney usually does a fantastic job with the medals. And the great part about going to these races now is that, though they are expensive, you have the opportunity to earn multiple in a weekend! Didn't always used to be that way!

      Delete
  6. The 10k could use a new design too. I think most of the Disney 10k designs are fun, except this one. Hasn't it been the same shape for all Princess 10ks?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well in fairness, this will only be the 4th year for the 10k. The general design hasn't changed, but the theme varies (year 1 had the Cinderella coach, year 2 was silver and had a snowflake for Frozen, and year 3 returned to gold with a seashell for Ariel). This year, the "stuff inside is pretty different and includes a red crystal. You're right though, I think Disney is going to go for more change from year to year.

      Delete
  7. I love that Disney is doing some redesigns! They released Star Wars - Darkside today... so hopefully we will see some Tinkerbell Medals on Friday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't seen Tinkerbell yet, but I can't wait. I sure hope we are going to get some redesigns for those (especially Pixie Dust)!

      Delete