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2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Medals Revealed!

Today runDisney revealed the all new medal designs for this year’s Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend! With this being both the 10th anniversary of the race weekend and the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, it’s not surprising that all of the medals have seen a revamp.

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Let’s take a closer look at all of the new medals!

Disneyland 5K Medal

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Disneyland 10K Medal

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Disneyland Half Marathon Medal

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Dumbo Double Dare Medal

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The Kids Medal looks like it features a fun vignette from Sleeping Beauty, which might give a hint to the theme of the races.  Overall, I’m happy when I see new medal designs and that runDisney is keeping things fresh, however these are not my favorites of all the race weekends.  The 10K and Half Marathon look small in these photos and frankly underwhelming.  I am a BIG fan of the medal design from the past few years and I just feel like this doesn’t live up to that.  You know…this one…

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What do you think of the new Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Medals?  Which one are you most excited about receiving?

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Registration Opens Today for the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

DL Half LogoRegistration opens today at noon EST for the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!!  This magical race weekend will be taking place September 4-6, 2015 and features a 5K, 10K, half marathon and the oh so popular Dumbo Double Dare Challenge!  And don’t forget the Coast to Coast Challenge for all you bi-coastal runners!

This year is the 10th Anniversary of the Disneyland Half Marathon, so you can expect new medal designs and special surprises all throughout the weekend.  On top of that, the Disneyland Resort will be celebrating its Diamond 60th Anniversary!  So many exciting things going on!!

Unlike last year, the price increase for the 2015 races is minimal at 2-3% which is a welcome sight, especially given all of the anniversary celebrations Pricing for the events are as follows:

Disneyland Half Marathon
Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 5:30 am 

  • $199 by February 24, 2015
  • $214 between February 25 and March 10, 2015
  • $229 on or after March 11, 2015
Disneyland 10K
Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 5:30 am

  • $110 by February 24, 2015
  • $125 between February 25 and March 10, 2015
  • $140 on or after March 11, 2015

Dumbo Double Dare

  • $330 by February 24, 2015
  • $355 between February 25 and March 10, 2015
  • $380 on or after March 11, 2015

Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K
Friday, September 4, 2015 at 5:30 am

  • $75 by March 10, 2015
  • $85 on or after March 11, 2015

runDisney Kids’ Races
Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

  • $20 by March 10, 2015
  • $25 on or after March 11, 2015

Pasta in the Park Party
Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

With a theme park ticket:

  • $135.00 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $115.00 for Children (ages 3-9)

Without a theme park ticket:

  • $89.00 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $69 .00 for Children (ages 3-9)

ChEAR Squad
Sunday, August 31, 2014

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

The Disneyland Health and Fitness Expo will begin on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.  All runners will need to make a stop here to pick up their race bibs, commemorative items and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to do a little shopping.

Make sure to visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend including the Pasta in the Park Party, park tickets and ChEar Squad info!

This is one of the most popular runDisney race weekend, so you will want to get your fingers and credit cards ready and register TODAY AT NOON EST if you want to run in one or all of these races.  The Annual Passholder and DVC pre-sale spots sold out very quickly a few weeks ago and the rest of the spots are sure to follow suit.  Good luck!!

Are you planning on running during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend?

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Contributors Needed for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

UPDATE: A few topics have been claimed.  See the available list below.  Thanks to everyone who is contributing!!

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Are you heading to The Happiest Place on Earth to run next week during the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend?  Are you excited about getting one of these awesome medals??

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If so, then I need YOU!  I’m looking for runners, walkers, spectators, volunteers and Disney enthusiasts of all kinds to cover the variety of events over Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!  Here are the some ideas for posts:

  • Race Recaps
    • Dumbo Double Dare Challenge
    • Disneyland Half Marathon
    • Disneyland 10K
    • Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K
    • Kids Races
  • Coast-to-Coast Challenge Experience
  • Staying at a Disneyland Resort vs. a Good Neighbor Hotel
  • A Spectator’s Point of View
  • Health & Fitness Expo
  • runDisney Speaker Series
  • First Time runDisney or Disneyland Runners
  • Race Weekend Dining
  • Pasta in the Park Party
  • VoluntEARing
  • And anything else you can think of…

Choice of topic will come on a first serve basis, so email me at sarah@runningatdisney.com if you are interested in covering one or many aspects of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend for Running at Disney!!

And while we’re on the topic…have you seen my new Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Pin Board?!  Follow along as I will be updating it with new images during this year’s events!

Best of luck to everyone running and I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Yoga for Runners: Hotel Room Yoga!

With runDisney race season kicking into high gear, Danielle has the perfect post this month for everyone traveling to a Disney Park in the next few months to run.  Great tips!!

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Hello Runners!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far and are keeping cool and hydrated!

With the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend coming up later this month I thought it would be a good time to share some poses you can do right in your hotel room while traveling for races!

If you practice yoga, you may know that we often use props to help support or align ourselves in a pose – well your hotel room is full or props!  The bed. A chair. The wall.  Use them!

Here are a few of my favorite yoga poses you can do in limited space and using the “props” in your hotel room:

Triangle Forward Bend Variation

This is a great post-run hamstring stretch!

Place one leg on the bed and keeping your foot flexed slowly fold forward until you feel a gentle stretch along the back of your leg and hamstring.  Hold for 5-10 breaths.

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Standing Pigeon Pose

This is a variation of pigeon pose and provides a great hip opener and piriformis stretch.

Place one leg on the bed, bend the knee into a 90 degree angle and allow the hip to open.  This may be enough of a stretch for you, but if you would like to deepen the stretch you can gently fold forward at the hips.  Hold for 5-10 breaths.

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(For additional variations of pigeon pose be sure to check out last month’s RAD Yoga for Runners: Happy Hips!)

Downward Dog Variation

Downward dog is a great pose to restore and stretch before or after a run.  This version uses the bed for support and gently stretches the calves, hamstrings and shoulders. 

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And of course, don’t forget “Legs Up the Wall” which I wrote about a few months ago!  All you need is a little wall space and you have the perfect place to relax, restore and recover!

If you have any questions regarding these poses or incorporating yoga into your routine feel free to leave a comment below or you can find me at LiveRunGrow.com or on Twitter at @dnardi710.

So, who will I be seeing in Disneyland??  Both my husband and I will be doing the Dumbo Double Dare (his first half marathon!), so please say hello if you see us!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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 (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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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!

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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! 🙂

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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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