A few weeks ago I touched briefly on proof of time in relation to corral placement. Today we are going to delve a little deeper into the subject.
What Is Proof of Time?
Proof of time is the results from a previous race and is what runDisney uses to determine your corral placement. When you register, you are asked what your expected finish time for the event will be. However, to verify that you aren’t just making up a number to get into a better corral, you need to submit a proof of time to verify that you can finish the race in your expected finish time.
What are the Requirements for the Proof of Time?
All Proof of Time races must be officially timed (also known as “chip timed”), with the results posted online. You will need to submit the following information: Name of Race, Distance, City, State, Date, Finish time, Link to Results.
Proof of time races must be run within a specific time frame. See the end of the article for the date ranges for each race weekend, but nothing run before 2014 will be accepted.
Do I Have to Run a Half Marathon to Submit a Proof of Time for a runDisney Half Marathon?
No. If you are running a Half Marathon (or a challenge like Glass Slipper), can submit any race of the following distances: 10k, 12k, 15k, 10 Mile, Half Marathon, or Marathon.
If you are running the WDW Marathon, Dopey, or Goofy Challenge, you can submit any race of the following distances: 10 Mile, Half Marathon, or Marathon.
Individual 5k and 10k runDisney events (not run as part of a challenge) do not require proof of time.
Do I Have to Submit a Proof of Time?
Technically, no you do not have to submit a Proof of Time, but it is in your best interest to do so. If you do not submit proof of time you will end up in one of the last corrals. If you do submit a proof of time, it will increase your likelihood of being placed in a better corral.
Does the Proof of Time Have to be a RunDisney Event?
No, any event that is chip timed, run within the time frame required, and is one of the acceptable distances can be submitted.
I Don’t Have Any Previous Races to Submit, How Should I Train for my Proof of Time Race?
Well, the good news is, unless you are running Dopey or Goofy, you still have some time before official training starts. This would be a great time to train for a 10k. The Couch to 10k program takes 14 weeks, however the first 8 are Couch to 5k, so if you can already run a 5k, you can just do the last 6 weeks, and you should be able to finish a program before you start training for your official training. Look for local chip timed events that are happening right around the time you finish 10k training. Another good strategy is to find an event that is a distance similar to the race. For example: I’m running a half marathon on October 4. That same day, my Dopey training plan says to run 15 miles, so Ill be running the 13.1 miles for my half marathon, and an additional 2 miles later in the day (or as my warm up and cool down for the race). This way I’m not changing my training schedule at all, nor am I going into my proof of time race unprepared.
How Do I Submit My Proof Time?
On the runDisney website, select the race weekend you are registered for, then click on “Runner Info” and “Proof of Time” in that section it will outline all the requirements, due date, and “click here to submit proof of time.”
You will be taken to a page where you can look up your registration my last name and birth date.
When you find your registration click on “update” and it will allow you to input all the information from your proof of time race.
Proof of Time Submission Deadlines
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Proof of Time due October 6, 2015. Proof of Time must be from an event run after January 1, 2014
Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend: Proof of Time due October 15, 2015. Proof of Time must be from an event run after January 1, 2014
Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Proof of time must be submitted between August 18, 2015 and November 17, 2015. Proof of Time must be from an event run after February 1, 2014
Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend: Proof of time must be submitted between September 15, 2015 and February 2, 2016. Proof of Time must be from an event run after May 1, 2014.
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