runDisney Changes 5K Medal & Event Guide for 2016 Races
runDisney has just announced two major changes based on runner feedback, according to their blog. I'm not sure who they asked because neither of these "enhancements" were ever on my list of requirements, but change can be a good thing so let's review.
The first change: digital event guides will be the norm moving forward. The event guides have always been available online as PDF files, but I loved to pick up my hard copy at the races since I keep them as souvenirs. Beginning with the Disneyland Half Marathon in September, all event guides will now be digital. The nice thing about this is that any changes or updates can be seen in real time. And more trees saved is a good thing. I'm sure this will also translate into lower registration prices! (That was a joke.)
The next change is disappointing to me as someone whose first runDisney race was a 5K. The medals will no longer be those beautiful, full color rubber pieces of art that I treasure so much. They are moving to a standard metal medal also beginning at the Disneyland 5K this September. I can see how maybe this was something the runDisney fan base was demanding, but frankly it's a little disappointing to me. Those 5K medals were unique to runDisney and simply enchanting.
The good news is, the Disneyland Paris 5K medal is still a full color work of art and I can't wait to bring it home!
I'm happy runDisney is listening to runner feedback, but sincerely hope they start listening to runners who I'm sure have provided much more substantial feedback regarding future enhancements that make running the races safer and more efficient.
What are your thoughts?