Category: Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Info

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in Disneyland takes flight tomorrow!  This women-centered race weekend is taking place over Mother’s Day Weekend this year and is going to be full of fairy mischief and fun.

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This race weekend is jam packed with events, so let’s get to the details!  (I apologize in advance for a few of the images and diagrams from runDisney that are not very clear.)

Health & Fitness Expo

Your weekend will begin with a trip to the Health & Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel and the hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 7th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, May 8th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 9th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

All race participants MUST attend the expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick up race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt(s), and gEAR bag. The gEAR bag also doubles as the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration, like Dooney & Bourke bags.  Have you seen the new Tink designs for 2015??

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When you arrive at the expo, your first stop will be the Lower Exhibit Hall for Packet Pick Up.  Remember that you can no longer have someone pick up your packet for you.  Everyone MUST turn in a waiver, show ID and pick up their own packet.

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You will then proceed to the Upper Exhibit Hall to pick up your race shirt(s) and gEAR bag, visit with vendors, listen to the speaker series, and spend all your money on runDisney merchandise.  If you haven’t heard, Margaret Kelly, the woman behind the pixie dust of Tinker Bell, will be presenting during the speaker series.  That is not to be missed!

 

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If you are hoping to get a pair of the exclusive shoes from the New Balance runDisney collection, including the new Tinker Bell Fresh Foam Boracay, make sure to sign up the morning of the Expo at NBvirtualqueue.com.

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Resort Transportation

If you are staying at one of the Disneyland Resorts, you will simply be able to walk to the both the Expo and the Starting Line for each race.

If you are staying at a Good Neighbor hotel, there will be complimentary Anaheim Transportation Network (ART) shuttles for the entire weekend for runners and spectators.  This doesn’t just include during race time…it is COMPLIMENTARY ALL WEEKEND, May 7-10.  Make sure to get a pass from one of the drivers…this is a BIG bonus and will save you a lot of time and money!  The shuttles make stops around every 20 minutes, so plan your trip accordingly.  The schedule will be extended to the following times:

  • Thursday, May 7th: 8:20 am – 9:30 pm 
  • Friday, May 8th: 3:00 am – 12:30 am
  • Saturday, May 9th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
  • Sunday, May 10th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am

Here is a map of the Good Neighbor Hotel locations:

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Driving Directions

Parking will be available in the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure located on Disneyland Drive and Ball Road for all weekend events.  Standard parking rates will apply and there are no discounts for runners. Roads will be closing beginning at 5:00 am on race days and there will be numerous detours that will be set up.  Make sure to leave enough time for traffic delays!

Costumes

Wings, wings and more wings!  Get ready for the fairies to descend upon Disneyland.  I love to see all the fun costumes so make sure to share yours.  Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.  So who are you dressing up as??

Bag Check

Participants must use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  The bag check tents are located in the Family Reunion Area in the Simba parking lot.  All bags must be checked by 5:15 am prior to the 10K and half marathon before heading to your corrals.  Bags can be picked up at the same location following the race.  Your bib number is your “claim ticket.”

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For the 5K, bag check will be in the picnic area outside of the entrance to Disneyland Park.  All bags must be checked by 4:45 am prior to the race.

Start Corrals

The start corrals for the 10K and half marathon are located on Disneyland Drive adjacent to the Simba lot and near Paradise Pier Hotel.  For each race, your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or the one behind you.  You can find your corral placement by printing you waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.  Corral placement for the 5K & 10K will be available at packet pick-up.

Tinker Bell 10K

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon & Pixie Dust Challenge

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Starting Times

The Never Land 5K will begin at 5:00 and the Tinker Bell 10K and Half Marathon will begin at 5:30 am.  The wheelchair start for the half marathon will be at 5:29 am on Sunday, May 10th.  Runners are encouraged to arrive to the staging area no later than one hour prior to the race start time and be in your assigned corrals no later than 30 minutes prior.

Race Bibs

Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend or fold your bib as the Chrono Track B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly, or more importantly you won’t get any photos!

If you are competing in the Pixie Dust Challenge, you will have one race bib for both the 10K and the Half Marathon, so make sure to take good care of it!

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Pacing Requirements

Remember that you must keep a minimum pace of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line. Pace cyclists and the dreaded balloon ladies will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.  Keep this in mind if you are planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.

Pixie Dust Challenge Participants

If you are participating in this challenge, you will receive a wristband after finishing the Tinker Bell 10K on Saturday at the Pixie Dust Challenge tent.  This must be worn while running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  After completing the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday, you will need to present this wristband at the same tent to receive your medal.

Coast to Coast Challenge Participants

If you are participating in this challenge, you will receive a wristband when you pick up your bib at the Health & Fitness Expo.  A runDisney official will put this on for you and it can not be taken off until you complete the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  After completing the race, you will need to present this wristband at the Coast to Coast tent to receive your medal.

If you ran the Princess Half Marathon in February at Walt Disney World, you will receive the special PINK Coast to Coast medal!

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Course Maps

From what I hear since I’ve never participated in this race weekend, these are the best courses of all the races held in Disneyland.  What do you think?

Never Land 5K

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Tinker Bell 10K

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon

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More information on other events like the Kids Races and the Pasta in the Park Party is available on the runDisney website and in the Official Event Guide for the weekend.  Also, check out some of my packing tips as you get ready to travel.

Finally, if you will be out in Disneyland, I am still looking for some contributors to cover the events of the weekend.  Race recaps, spectator stories, Expo coverage, other weekend events, you name it…I want to hear about it!  Email me at sarah@runningatdisney.com if you are interested.  Also, please tag me in your photos from the weekend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…I will share them all weekend.

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Tinker Bell Boracay New Balance runDisney Shoe Revealed!

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New Balance and runDisney have revealed a new shoe that will be available at Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, May 7-10!  The Fresh Foam Tinker Bell Boracay are a green & yellow neutral shoe with some extra cushioning to help you take flight.  This shoe is ideal for long runs or to take you past that second star to the right and straight on til morning!

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These shoes will be available beginning on Thursday, May 7th at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  To minimize waiting in line for shoes, sign up for the virtual queue at NBvirtualqueue.com using your bib number starting Thursday, May 7th, at 6:00 am (I am going to assume that is Pacific Time).  Once you sign up, you will be sent a time via text/email to arrive at the Expo to get your shoes.  They same process will take place Friday and Saturday mornings, May 8 & 9 for all non-runners.  Set your alarms!!  

If these shoes aren’t your style, all of the other shoes from the New Balance runDisney collection will be available at the Expo as well.

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What do you think of the new design?  Will you be taking flight with these new Tinker Bell shoes?

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Registration for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Opens Tomorrow!

Are you ready to run off to the second star to the right and straight on til morning?  For the fourth year, runners will don their wings and soar through the Disneyland Resort over Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, but in 2015 the events will take place May 7th – 10th instead of in January, and will include Kids Races, the Never Land 5k, Tinker Bell 10K, Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the all new Pixie Dust Challenge!

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Registration for all of the races opens tomorrow at noon EDT and if you want to run you better not only have speedy legs, but fast fingers as well!  This race weekend has notoriously sold out quickly, but now with the addition of the Pixie Dust Challenge it will go even faster!

Here is all of the information you need to know about Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend so you can be prepared to register tomorrow.  First let’s start with pricing:

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 5:30 am

  • $195 by September 2, 2014
  • $210 between September 3 and September 23, 2014
  • $225 on or after September 24, 2014

Pixie Dust Challenge
Saturday & Sunday, May 9 -10, 2015 at 5:30 am

  • $320 by September 2, 2014
  • $345 between September 3 and September 23, 2014
  • $370 on or after September 24, 2014

Tinker Bell 10K
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 5:30 am

  • $105 by September 2, 2014
  • $120 between September 3 and September 23, 2014
  • $135 on or after September 24, 2014

Never Land 5K
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

  • $70 per participant by February 27, 2015
  • $80 per participant on or after February 28, 2015

runDisney Kids Races
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

  • $20 per participant by February 27, 2015
  • $25 per participant on or after February 28, 2015

Similar to the Princess Half Marathon, runners can register as a team if you are going with a bunch of friends.  Runners must register individually for the race and then sign up as a team.  In prior years, teams were limited to two people, but this year you can have as many as you would like for an additional $10 per runner.  Team members will receive a commemorative Team Bib with your team name on it, a commemorative team item, and a team photo at packet pick-up.  Also, instead of being limited to just the half marathon, teams can run in any of the races.

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The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo will open at 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 7th in the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall and remain open through the 9th.  You must visit the Expo to pick up your race packet and it’s the only place you can get official race merchandise.

If you’re looking for some added Disney fun before the race, the Pasta Party is a great way to get those carbs in.  This family oriented event includes a buffet pasta dinner and various character interactions with photo ops.  The party will take place at Stage 17 located inside Disney California Adventure and requires a park ticket to attend.

Pasta in the Park Party
Friday, May 8, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

With a Theme Park Ticket

  • $135 for adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $115 for children (ages 3-9)

Without a Theme Park Ticket

  • $89 for adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $69 for children (ages 3-9)

For all of you amazing spectators out there, there are various ChEAR Squad packages available for you to support your runners!  These packages are only available for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  You can view the details of the various packages here and pricing is as follows:

ChEAR Squad

  • Bronze Package –  No Charge
  • Silver Package – $45
  • Gold Package – $69
  • Platinum Package – $99

And don’t forget, if you are participating in any of the Walt Disney World races in 2014 you will be eligible for the coveted Coast-to-Coast Medal!  But only if you are running both the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Princess Half Marathon will you get the all new pink Coast-to-Coast!

Coast to Coast Medals

Make sure to visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend including details on the travel packages, transportation information, park tickets and more.

Pre-sales for the Pixie Dust Challenge sold out in 15 minutes this past week, so I’m sure the event itself will sell out very quickly.  If you are interested in participating, I would register as close to noon as possible tomorrow!

If you are looking for information on the past years of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, here are some great posts from RAD Readers who have participated:

What race(s) are you planning on flying through over Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend?  Good luck registering!!

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New Pixie Dust Challenge for 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend!

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Well runDisney fans, you asked and they delivered!  New for 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend will be the addition of the Pixie Dust Challenge!  Run both the Tinker Bell 10K and Half Marathon and you will receive a 3rd challenge medal!

Many runners were disappointed last year when there was no challenge announced with the Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K.  There is now a challenge associated with all other race weekends that have both a 10K and half marathon, so it was odd that there was not one for this weekend.  Well now there is!

Early registration for Annual Passholders and DVC members will open next Wednesday, August 6th at noon.  Regular registration will open on Tuesday, August 12th at noon.  Visit the runDisney page for more info.  The addition of this challenge is sure to make the races sell out even faster this year, so mark your calendars and set your alarms for the registration dates!

Will you be taking the Pixie Dust Challenge??

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Anaheim Antics: A Girl’s Race from a Guy’s Perspective – Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

One of my favorite things about all of the Princess Half Marathons I’ve run are the guys embracing the sparkle.  The Tinker Bell Half Marathon is the west coast version of this and John is here to share the guy’s perspective with us.  So fun!!

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Runners live by many motivational phrases. Phrases like “pain is temporary, glory is forever” or “no one ever drowned in sweat.” For males running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort, it could be “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”. As the name implies, the “Tink” (like its WDW Disney Princess counterpart) is marketed towards women. But the appeal for me was multifold: I had not yet run a Disney race, and that was high on my priority list. When runDisney added the 10k to the existing Tink roster, the thought of earning a medal with the word “Inaugural” stamped on it was appealing. Plus, several other Cast Members in my department were running (oops, the secret’s out! Yes, I’m a DLR Cast Member, and nope, I can’t sign you in!), and it seemed only fitting that there be at least one guy representing the male species of my department. So how does a guy adapt to what is otherwise a girl’s weekend? There were just few caveat emptor moments.

The “Inaugural” Tinker Bell 10k medal

The “Inaugural” Tinker Bell 10k medal

Before the day of the race, runners must stop by the runDisney Expo to pick up their race bibs, shirts, and appointed swag. Participants in runDisney events know that “Expo” is defined as “take my money now”. There were plenty of vendors selling fairy-themed merchandise. If I were daring enough to wear wings, a tutu, or frilly shoelaces, I’d have had no problem finding a source. Even though I was secure in my manhood, I decided to pass: I run for time, so wearing attire that would slow me down was a no-no … at least that’s the excuse I went with. Thankfully, there was plenty of other running-themed merchandise catering to people of both genders. I emerged with my wallet only slightly thinner. My one major purchase was a FlipBelt, which worked impressively during the race. More on that in a future column…

No visit to the Expo is complete without a look at the runDisney exclusive merchandise. Again, lots of wings and wands, and plenty of themed merchandise for the Half Marathon. For the 10k, not so much. Perhaps it was the fact that the race was added later, or that men were a small portion of total runners (out of 8300 participants, just over 1500 were men), but male-specific merchandise was pretty much nonexistent. From a male perspective, this was rather disappointing. There were some unisex white tees with the 10k logo, and several styles of shirts in women’s cut, but that was it. I ended up getting a 10k logo pin; I would have been willing to spend considerably more, given the opportunity.

The most notable gender concern happens just prior to entering the Expo, when runners are getting their race shirts. Now, I gotta give kudos to the runDisney team for making their race shirts available in men’s and women’s cuts. Even though women make up 60% of runners in the average race, unisex shirts are often the norm, completely ignoring more than half the demographic. runDisney knows their market, at least when it comes to sizing. When it comes to color, well, that’s a different story. The color of the shirts for the 10k was a very non-manly lavender. This one actually bothered me a little, given the cost of entering a runDisney event. I hope for future races, they choose colors that are a little less gender-exclusive, such as plum, teal, or even a deep jewel-tone pink.

A shirt color fit for a Princess, not so much for a Prince

A shirt color fit for a Princess, not so much for a Prince

As for the race itself, Disney races are definitely the gold standard. The organizers have this race well-executed. Runners are corralled into very specific pens. I was corralled near the starting line, and my corral was about two-thirds female, and one-third male. For a race where women outnumber men more than 5 to 1, this surprised me somewhat. As runners were released through the starting line in waves, it became clear that there was plenty of space in between waves to mitigate bunching. The on-property portion of the course was clearly marked, clean, and lined with Cast Members and Characters. Being a Cast Member, I’ve seen backstage a million times, but there’s something special about seeing it as part of a special public event. Whenever I saw a Cast Member that I knew, I had to resist the urge to slow down and say hi. So if you’re a Cast Member reading this, and I stopped to say hi to you, you must be very special indeed! One of the most endearing moments was when I passed my own building. Seeing my fellow Cast Members taking the time out of their busy morning to cheer us on was very heartwarming.

A very runner-friendly event

A very runner-friendly event

The off-property portion, which winds through the streets of Anaheim, was considerably less impressive, but not at all disappointing. Unlike my previous Laguna Hills 10k experience, there were several local high school musical groups, cheer squads, and similar on-course “enter-couragement” (my word for entertainment and encouragement). The most fun was that moment at the end of the race when I came back on-property, saw the chEAR squad, heard the roar of spectators, and crossed that finish line, my first Disney race becoming a part of history. Oh, and my time? I finished the race in 1:01:31, placing me 680th out of 8331 runners (274th place out of 1539 men). Soon after, I regrouped with my fellow Cast Members. Together, we reveled in our achievement.

When the phrase “You run like a girl” is a compliment

When the phrase “You run like a girl” is a compliment

There is a famous bible verse written by the Apostle Paul to the early Christians in Galatia, where he wrote, “there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female”. I would say this applies not just to those early Galatians, but also to modern runners. Despite concerns about running shirts, expo merchandise, and male-to-female ratio, the moment my feet passed that starting line, I was no longer a male in a female race. I was a runner, an athlete, and a winner. We weren’t people of color, race, or gender. We were champions. For those who don’t see the appeal in running, this concept might seem incomprehensible. But to those of us who have set foot to pavement at a starting line, felt that runner’s high halfway through, raised our arms at the finish, and basked in the satisfaction of a medal around our necks, that concept is irresistible.

RADically yours,

John

Sarah’s Note: Next year John, we will get you in a tutu!! 🙂  Congrats on a great race!!

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John grew up in the Orange County area of California, always living in the shadow of the Disneyland Resort.  Known as the consummate storyteller to his friends, he has had an admiration of Disney since childhood, and is most interested in the Company’s history and heritage.  His favorite memory to date is setting foot in Walt’s apartment over the Main Street Firehouse.  John lives by what he calls the three F’s: faith, fun, and fitness.   Being healthy isn’t about adding years to your life; it’s about adding life to your years.  Nothing sums that up more than making Disney races a goal in every fitness plan.

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