Category: Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

Earning Her Wings While Helping Others

I first met Liliane during Princess Half Marathon Weekend last year when she was running her first Disney race dressed in the most amazing Merida costume!  We have kept in touch this past year and I have been lucky to spend some time with her over other race weekends.  Not only is she an inspiring runner, but she’s an amazing person.  Enjoy the story of her first half marathon and the people she helped along the way 🙂


Flying for work about once a month, I have been carried on wings often throughout the United States and to many exotic destinations. Nothing however has been as exhilarating a journey as earning my very own wings at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in Anaheim last month.

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I started running eleven months ago when I did participate in my very first runDisney race, the Mickey and Minnie Mouse Royal 5K at Walt Disney World. I loved the experience and next thing I knew I signed up for the 10K held during the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend in August. My son is living in Los Angeles and running a little race while visiting seemed only natural. Cranking it up a notch I run the Tower of Terror 10-Miler in Orlando this October and eventually decided that the best way to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of my first race was to sign up for the Princess Half Marathon which by now is only three weeks away.

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The world seemed perfect when I was invited to speak on a panel at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. Living in New York, which is currently blanketed by yet another snowstorm, I was eager to let Elsa’s world go and enjoy both my son and 82F. So how can one top this? You guessed it, run the Tinkerbell Half Marathon.

The race was of course sold out and I will be forever grateful to John Watkins and the Special Olympics Southern California Association for inviting me last minute to be part of their team. I am proud and humbled to have been part of a team that raises money for such a great cause. Every dollar raised through the Tinker Bell Half Marathon changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports training and competition. We all love Disney and runDisney but I strongly recommend you look into being part of a team that raises funds for a charity you care about.

Once in Anaheim I was thrilled to see the many happy faces on all running days. Many multigenerational families participate in the 5K and 10 K races and I love seeing the innovative costumes.

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And of course there was Expo. Package pick up at the lower level of the show was a breeze and I really don’t understand why anybody would stand in line on the first day if after a couple of hours it is so easy to just walkup and get your bib. The race shirt and bag was available at the upper level and there too I did not have to wait more than five minutes when I checked in on Saturday morning. Plenty of shirts in all sizes were available and it was easy to exchange sizes if needed.

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And now to the fun part of Expo: Shopping!  Runner’s apparel in all the colors of the rainbow was tempting everywhere. Long and short sleeve T-shirts, performance T-shirts, tanks, fleece hoodies and lots of high-tech gadgets called my name.  I really liked what I saw and loved the official merchandise. I did splurge on the “I did it” plush Mickey and regret that I did not buy the pink “Coast to Coast” t-shirt.

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Studio 365 had a booth at expo and I loved the Tinkerbell hairdo but I am glad I did not go for it as some runners reported to me that it was uncomfortable sleeping with and that it pulled real hard giving them a major headache which is certainly no fun while running.

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As always there where quite some interesting sessions scheduled throughout the three-day expo and it was good to be able to meet with Jeff Galloway, the official runDisney training consultant for advice on how to best prepare for the half marathon challenge.

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I did not get a lot of sleep prior to the race but the fact that I had just flown in from the East Coast worked to my advantage. I felt ready to go when I boarded the special shuttle from my good neighborhood hotel to join my team for a pre-race group picture.

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Soon it was time to line up at corral D. Tinker Bell made an appearance and off we went sprinkled with a good dose of pixie dust. The race gets off to a real early start at 5:00 AM near Paradise Pier Hotel.

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From there, the course heads on a loop around the roads that wind around the edges of the park. Next we followed Harbor Boulevard south all the way down to the entrance of the park. Inside Disneyland we passed all major attractions such as Fantasyland, Matterhorn, Space Mountain and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

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Running down Main Street U.S.A. and entering the castle was simply amazing and at Disney’s California Adventures I was mesmerized to see that the Water Colors show was up and running for us in front of the ferries wheel.

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The first three miles where a feast for the senses and when the 5K split came through (13:58) I decided it was time to pick up the pace.  I sure had been lingering a little too much for picture taking. Characters where everywhere in the parks and it was thrilling to run backstage. Who can resist Jack Sparrow? Who does not want their picture taken with Darth Vader?




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Eventually we excited the park and made our way through Downtown Disney with guests and cast members cheering us on.

For the next seven miles we left the Disneyland Resort and run in the streets of Anaheim before eventually making our way back down Harbor Boulevard toward Disneyland. Local music bands and cheerleader groups offered support along the route.

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Running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon was incredibly exciting. Running through the parks was gorgeous but I truly enjoyed running through the streets of Anaheim. I appreciated the efforts of the school marching bands and the spectators encouraging us with their signs everywhere.

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At mile 12 I started laughing, seriously I felt so great that I could not stop laughing. I felt as if the world around me did not matter anymore. I suddenly realized that I was about to complete my first half marathon and it was a great feeling. I stopped listening to my timer, no more run, walk, run. I just kept on running.


Eventually I reached the finish line (2:52:14) and when I got my medal it suddenly dawned on me that I had just achieved the first part of the Coast-to-Coast run. And what a feeling that was!

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I loved the experience and the race was very well organized. There were plenty of water and first aid stations every few miles and post race we were handed water, PowerAde, a banana and a runDisney snack box. I personally don’t care for the snacks inside the box and would prefer a simple sandwich.

Last but certainly not least it was time to meet up with my team and take a post race picture. I loved being part of a team and the Special Olympics team will always have a special place in my heart.


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Over 15,000 runners participated in the half marathon race and I was one of them finishing. My report however would not be complete without acknowledging the winner of the race, Melissa Hernandez from Oxnard, California, who finished the race in 1:25:40.

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Hernandez’s win capped a weekend of race events that included a new Disneyland 10K and a Never Land Family Fun Run 5K as well as several kids races.

As for me I celebrated with a nice breakfast and a drink at the Rainforest Café.  The eggs benedict were absolutely fabulous.

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So what is next? As I am finishing this article I am relaxing from my first non-Disney race, the Brrrooklyn Half Marathon. It sure earns the name. It was freezing and I doubt I’ll do it again. Running at 10F is really not my idea of fun. The cold and the lack of entertainment along the route made me finish the race in 2:48:35 but I’ll trade the gain in time for both the warmth of California or Florida anytime. Most importantly I missed my runDisney friends.  I can’t wait for the Princess Half where every mile will be pure magic!

For more information about Special Olympics Southern California click here.

Link to SOSC page:

Link to SOSC 2014 Tinkerbell Race page

For upcoming runDisney races check out


Liliane Opsomer is the co-author of the “Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids”, a guidebook that provides detailed planning and touring tips for a family vacation. The book has also a Facebook page with daily tips. She is passionate about travel, Disney, and hobbits. Liliane also started recently her own blog.
Find Liliane here: Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids  *  Blog  *  Facebook

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Race Recap

I’m so excited to have Kinnereth back for her second recap!  If you remember, she recapped the 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon with her fiance Andy and since Disneyland is her home park, I knew she had to do a Tink recap for me as well!  Take it away Kinnereth!


Hi RAD readers!  This is Kinnereth, I am happy to contribute a second time to Sarah’s blog.  I know that reading all the race recaps helps me before a race.  I like to know what to expect and how to prepare. I consider the Tinker Bell Half Marathon “my race”. My very good friend ran it with me.  It was a first for both of us when we ran in 2012.  We have since participated in many races together, including Tink each year.  It has been something we look forward to running and we try to beat our time each year. We drove down Saturday from Northern California with our fiancées, leaving at 2 am!  We arrived at the park at 7:30 am and watched the 10K finishers before trying to check-in to our hotel.  It was exciting to think the next day we would be running too!  Both of us felt a little twinge of “I wish I had signed up for the 10K as well”.  We hadn’t because there was no challenge offered and those registration fees add up quickly 😉 The expo didn’t open until 10 am on Saturday, so we headed over to Disney’s California Adventure park for a few hours.  We had lots of fun riding a few attractions before taking a break to pick up our race packets.


Thankfully the expo experience went very smoothly.  We quickly went downstairs at the Disneyland hotel to grab our bibs then headed back upstairs to get the goodies.  I loved the shirts they gave this year, much more silky material than previous races!  Plus they are a pretty magenta color.


We spent about an hour wandering around the expo, getting some KT tape questions answered and stocking up on Cliff Shot Blocks.  I was VERY tempted to buy the NB Cinderella shoes…  The only drawback to the expo was the lack of official merchandise left.  We were there shortly after it opened Saturday and we didn’t see much Coast to Coast merchandise and there were no “I did it” shirts left.  Definitely get to the expo early if you want to purchase souvenir merch.


After the expo we spent more time in Disneyland and ate some pasta at Pizza Port in the park.  Then it was early to bed for us 3:45 am was a very early wake up call come Sunday morning. We woke up, quickly dressed and headed across the street to the corrals.  I highly recommend staying close for the CA races, other hotels provide shuttles but I would think there are long lines.  We stayed at the Anabella Resort and were able to walk 2 min to the start line!!!  Both of us started in Corral C and we wanted to be up at the front to avoid as many crowds as possible.  It seemed like seconds before we were sprinkled with virtual pixie dust and we were off!

The course between miles 2 and 6 is in the parks and some parts are very narrow.  I liked the changes this year; instead of running into the park and to the right where Tomorrowland is, we ran left through the castle initially.  Some may not realize that the back of the castle is what you see on Main St. USA so I guess we were running the correct direction this year! Ha! It was about mile 3 that my friend had some tummy trouble.  She said she was going to just take it easy and enjoy the race and that I should go on ahead.  I was feeling great and hoping for a PR so I took off.  As I passed It’s A Small World the clock was striking 6:00 am and the characters were out.  I love this part of the race and I’m so happy that practically half of the race is in the parks. When we got out to the streets of Anaheim I was able to jog/run the whole 13.1, I took water about every other stop.  It seemed to me that there weren’t as many cheerleaders and bands as in years past.  I also noticed the new “Shhh… neighbors sleeping” signs.  I wonder if residents complained?


Miles 8 – 11 were more monotonous, we entered the back lot of DCA at mile 12 and I texted my fiancée that he should start looking for me. Plus, he is an expert photographer and managed to snap a pic as I flew ran by.


I was so happy when I crossed that finish line and got my text with my time!  PR by 6 minutes – the rest of the day I was grinning.


We waited for my friend to finish and by that time it was almost 8:30, so we figured we could head over to Disneyland park for opening at 9.  The Fantasyland rides become so crowded after the initial park opening and we wanted to ride Peter Pan and visit Tink with our medals.  We lined up for rope drop with many families who asked us what in the world was going on that morning!  We assume everyone at the park was there for the race, not so!

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Despite a change of plans for her, we both love this race and we are so thankful that we can run it together each year.  See ya’ May 2015 Tink!

Sarah’s Note: I want to congratulate Kinnereth & Andy on their wedding next week!!  You two are a great couple and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!


I’m Kinnereth from sunny CA. Currently living and working in Napa with my fiancé, Andy (we’re getting married in 11 days!!!). I teach high school Spanish and work at a winery on the weekends. Both Andy & I love running Disney races, I’m also training for my first full marathon. I’ll be running the Napa Valley Marathon in March. Other than that our little Doxie keeps us busy.

Flying with Tinker Bell vs Dumbo

As a Disneyland newbie and having only run during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, I was VERY curious about how it differed from Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend.  Kim has run both events and put together a comparison of the two weekends!  This is also a great time to check out the different courses since registration opens today for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, so hopefully this will help you make the decision to register.


I had the great opportunity to run the races at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland. This was my first time running the Tinker Bell events (in it’s third year), but I’ve run the Disneyland Half Marathon over Labor Day for the past three years. This past year, the Dumbo Challenge premiered at Disneyland: completing both the 10k and half would earn you a special Dumbo medal (if you registered for the challenge). Tinker Bell weekend did not offer a challenge, but I still opted to run both the 10k and half. What can I say? I love the bling! Having done the Disneyland 10k and half, I was eager to see how the Tinker Bell 10k and half would compare.

The Tinker Bell weekend is a women’s focused event and off the bat it was very apparent. The 10k and half shirts came in a women’s cut (yay!), though unisex sizes were available. I did see quite a few men sporting the lavender 10k and raspberry half shirts over the weekend!


The expo official merchandise had mostly women’s shirts, though there were some unisex styles. Overall, the expo from the Disneyland Half had a lot more merchandise, especially with the Dumbo Challenge apparel, but the Tinker Bell expo was much more organized. I spent two hours in line in September just waiting to pay for my items. At Tink, I waited maybe 20 minutes to get into the official merchandise area where they kept the crowds down. After I chose my items, it was only a few minutes to pay. Much more enjoyable!


Onto the more interesting parts- the actual races!

The Tinker Bell 10k started at 6am on Saturday morning. It was still dark out as the race began. I started in corral A- my first time! The course starts out heading north on Disneyland Drive before heading into the back area of Disneyland. It takes you out to It’s a Small World, which is absolutely gorgeous with all it’s holiday twinkling lights.


This was by far the highlight of the race for me! We headed through Toontown and into the back areas again. By mile 1.5, we were back into Disneyland by the Rivers of America. The Bride and Tightrope girl from the Haunted Mansion were out and I had to take a picture with them. My first photo stop with characters during a race ever!


 (Sarah’s Note: This is the BEST photo op I’ve ever seen!!!)

We took the back road behind Big Thunder Mountain and through Fantasyland. The course went around the Matterhorn, through Tomorrowland and out into the hub before heading down Main Street.


Something major to note: the Tink 10k course does not go through Sleeping Beauty Castle, unlike the Disneyland 10k. There’s a great photo op in front of the castle, but it’s not quite the same as running across the drawbridge. We crossed the esplanade and headed through the gates into California Adventure. Miles 2.5 to 4 wound us past Soarin’, the Grand Californian Hotel and around Paradise Bay where the World of Color fountains and lights were on.


At mile 4, the course headed out onto the streets of Anaheim. We ran north on Harbor Blvd and made a loop around that big block of all the hotels. I’ve stayed in almost all the hotels along Harbor, so the area was very familiar and went by pretty quickly. Soon it was a quick trip on Katella and then back into the Simba parking lot for the finish!



Overall, I enjoyed the Tinker Bell 10k at lot more than the Disneyland 10k. During the Disneyland 10k, I was a bit bored at the beginning of the run while we ran through the Anaheim Convention Center. Although we didn’t get to run through the castle, I feel that the Tink course was better. I like that we ran through the parks first- the adrenaline really made those last 2 miles fly by.

The Tinker Bell Half was Sunday morning at 5am. I have to admit, waking up between 3:30-4am for 3 days in a row was almost as hard as running the half marathon itself. I don’t know how the Dopey runners did it! I ran with two of my friends, both running their first runDisney event, so we started in corral E. The course brings by making a giant circle around the parks before entering California Adventure via the back area behind Tower of Terror. We headed through Cars Land down Route 66 towards the mountain range.



The World of Color fountains and lights were on again, so we stopped for a quick photo before heading towards Buena Vista Street and across the esplanade into Disneyland. We ran down Main Street and through the castle into Fantasyland. The path to Small world, or Princess Row as some runners call it, only had two princesses out- Rapunzel and Cinderella.


Mile 5 took us through Downtown Disney. When we reached the Disneyland Hotel, the Red Hat ladies were out in full force. They have so much spirit so early in the morning!


From there we were out on the streets of Anaheim. It was nice to know that we were pretty much half way done! We passed through residential areas; there were even signs that said “Shhh, neighbors are sleeping.” A few curious residents sat out on their lawns watching all the runners.


Downtown Anaheim has a lot to look at. There are shops and the streets are lined with tall palm trees. Between miles 9 and 10, was the Cliff Shot stop. They were passing out a few different flavors, but most gravitated towards the volunteers yelling “this one has caffeine!”


The next two miles led us back to Disneyland and the area behind Cars Land. I always get a giggle out of seeing the metal-framed backside of the Cars Land mountain range. It wasn’t long before we were passing the Paradise Pier hotel and crossing the finish line in the Simba parking lot.



The Tink half and Disneyland half courses are very different. One of the biggest appeals about the Disneyland half is that it runs through Angel Stadium. Not everyday you get to run inside a baseball stadium!


Unfortunately, the roads leading up to the stadium and back to Disneyland are surrounded by boring industrial areas.

Personally, I preferred the Tink course. I loved the extra miles inside the parks, the holiday lights for It’s a Small World and the overall women’s focus of the weekend. There was a strong sense of camaraderie, even amongst strangers. It was the perfect race for my girls vacation!

Sarah’s Addition: Having only run the Disneyland 10K and Half Marathon, I would have to agree that the Tinker Bell Half Marathon course is MUCH more appealing based on this.  You seem to have more time in the parks and the course through Anaheim seems more residential than industrial.  However, I like how the Disneyland 10K begins in Anaheim and ends in the parks, which is opposite for Tinker Bell.  Hmmmm….maybe they should combine those two courses! 🙂


Hi, I’m Kim! A Disneyland fanatic since birth, I try to visit as often as I can. I was never an athlete, but started running to lead a healthier lifestyle. My first race was the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2011 and I have been addicted to running Disney ever since. I’ve completed 4 half marathons so far and am planning to run my first full at WDW in 2015.
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Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo

I chose not to write about the Disneyland Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo because it was quite the debacle.  You know, if you have nothing nice to say…blah blah blah.  So I was curious to see how the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo would compare.  Well West Coast runner Angela attended the Expo and happily reported that it seems that some improvements have been made.  Here’s her recap!

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon expo was held over the course of three days; Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I went on Thursday. WOW! What a huge difference between the way the Tink expo ran compared to the Disneyland Half expo (in late August). It was so well organized and didn’t feel chaotic or claustrophobic at all.


I got there around 1:15pm (expo opened at 2). As I walked to Disneyland Hotel I already noticed a huge difference. There were no crowds! No huge mass of people standing in the hot sun, getting different information from different cast members as to where to go. I walked right down the ramp and entered the underground parking area where the packet pick up is held.


As you can see from the picture, it looks chaotic, but it wasn’t. There were separate lines for merchandise (New Balance shoes) and a separate line for those that just wanted to get their bib. That’s the line I got into.


I noticed they took the New Balance people in groups back upstairs where people would be given a number and “call time” as to when to return to get their shoes. Those of us that just wanted out bib waited until around 1:50 before they allowed us into the area to get them. Again, all this was very smooth. However, at around 2:15pm I did hear an announcement that they were done taking reservations for the New Balance shoes and that people would have an opportunity to try again tomorrow at 8am.

After getting my bib, I followed the signs that led to shirt pick up. Again, no lines. I have to admit that I really love the shirt this year for the half marathon. It’s a lovely cranberry color and super soft.


I was also given the standard plastic runDisney clear bag that also serves as your gear check bag. Inside were two other bags. One was a mesh bag that had Tinker Bell Half Marathon on it, and the other was a dark blue sling bag that advertised Tinker Bell’s new movie.


From there I walked toward the official merchandise area prepared for the disaster that was Disneyland Half Weekend. Everyone was stopped and told to walk out of the expo area (basically follow the line) and wait in it. Although the line looked long, it actually went by pretty quickly. I think I spent 15 minutes in line (instead of the 2 hours for Disneyland Half). There they allowed small groups at a time into the official merch area. It was nice. No chaos, people were friendly with each other. I grabbed two small things for myself and headed out.

I believe there was a couple of major things that led to this expo being so much more pleasant than the Disneyland Half expo. One, the Tinker Bell Half weekend is “smaller” than the Disneyland Half weekend. Two, the expo was expanded to three days instead of two.  And three, logistically it just made more sense. During the Disneyland Half expo everyone who was doing the 5K, 10K, Kids Run or Dumbo Double Dare Challenge HAD to go on the opening day. The only people who could wait to go the second day of the expo where the runners only participating in the Half. At Tink, the only people that had to be there on opening day were those participating in the 5K. I hope runDisney continues with these well organized expos. It just makes everything much more pleasant.


Angela Richardson is a Half Fanatic (#5371) and Tinker Bell Half marked her 1 year anniversary in running!
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2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Race Weekend Info


Are you ready to Flutter to the Finish??  There are some things you should know before you don those wings and take flight.

The weekend starts with the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo located at the Disneyland Hotel.  The hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 16th: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, January 17th: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 18th: 10:00 am – 5:00 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, 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. When you arrive at the expo, head to the Lower Exhibit Hall FIRST to pick up your race packet.  If you are unable to attend the expo, you can fill out a release waiver and give it to a friend to pick up your packet for you.  Release forms for all events can be found here.


After packet pick up, then proceed to the Upper Level to claim your shirt and gEAR bag.  This is also where you will find the official runDisney merchandise, speaker series and various other vendors.


Speaking of merchandise, have you seen some of the new designs for this year?!?  I am seriously in love with these Dooneys!  I think this is the best race weekend design yet!

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The following is all of the information you will need for Race Day.

  • Shuttle Transportation  Complimentary shuttles will be available for runners and spectators continuously through the weekend.  The shuttles will depart from select Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade drop-off every 20 minutes.  You will be given a shuttle pass by the driver that you must keep on you for the entire weekend.  After using this service for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, trust me it’s SUPER easy!  Here are the shuttle times:
    • Thursday, January 16th: 8:20 am – 9:30 pm
    • Friday, January 18th: 4:30 am – 12:30 am
    • Saturday, January 19th: 4:00 am – 12:30 am
    • Sunday, January 20th: 3:00 am – 11:30 pm
Shuttle Transportation Map

Shuttle Transportation Map

  • Driving Directions  Parking for all events is available in the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure located on Disneyland Drive and Ball Road.  Standard parking fees will apply.
  • 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 5:30 am prior to the 10K and 4:30 am prior to the half marathon.  Bags can be picked up at the same location following the race.  Your bib number is your “claim ticket.”



For the 5K, bag check will be in the picnic area outside of the entrance to Disneyland Park.  All bags must be checked by 5:30 am prior to the race.

  • Start Corrals  Races start promptly on time and you must be in your corrals before the start or you risk being placed in a later corral.  Race start times are 5:45 am for the 5K, 6:00 am for the 10K and 5:00 am for the half marathon.  You should be in your corrals at least 20 minutes prior to the start.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.   You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.

Starting Corrals

  • 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 our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack 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.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible and smile for the camera :)
  • Pacing Requirements Remember, you must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the Pick-Up Tent in the Pinocchio Parking Lot.  Keep this in mind if you a planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists will place orange flags on the mile markers to indicated that runners are behind the official pace time.
  • Coast to Coast Race Challenge  Participants in the challenge will be given a wristband at the expo that must be worn during the race.  After completion, proceed to the Coast to Coast tent to claim your super awesome medal!  If you are running in the Princess Half Marathon in February, you will be able to get the brand new PINK Coast to Coast medal!
More information is also available over on the runDisney website and in the Official Race Program.  I wish I could be there for this race…it looks so fun!  I hope you all have a magical time and please come back and share your experience.
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