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|December 29, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under WDW Marathon Weekend|
It’s almost here…the largest runDisney race weekend of the year! Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will bring over 50,000 runners and their families to the resort January 7-11, 2015. With four races, two challenges, kids races and a TON of other events crammed into five days, it’s easy to lose track of why you’re really there…to run! So I’ve put together everything you need to know to have a stress free race weekend! Let’s get started…
Health & Fitness Expo
The race weekend starts with the Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Hours for the Expo are:
- Wednesday, January 7th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Thursday, January 8th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Friday, January 9th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday, January 10th: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Participants in all of the races 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 doubles at 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, such as pins or necklaces or these new Dooney & Bourke bags!
Because this race weekend is so large, the Expo is spread out through much of the Sports Complex. Your first stop at the Expo should be the HP Field House for Packet Pick Up. Starting with this weekend you can no longer have someone pick up your race packet for you. Everyone MUST turn in a waiver, show ID and pick up their own packet.
Because there are so many races and challenges over this weekend, packet pick-up is spread out over the two levels of the HP Field House. On the Entry Level you will find: Kids Races, 5K, 10K, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, Dopey Challenge, and Pre-Purchased Commemorative Jacket Pick Up. On the Lower Level you will find: Half Marathon, Marathon, ChEAR Squad, Race Retreat, and Family Reunion Breakfast Pick Up. The Lower Level is also where shirt pick-up is for Goofy & Dopey participants and where you will find Runner Relations and Castaway 5K information.
After getting your race packet, proceed across the way to the Jostens Center to pick up your race shirt and gEAR bag (except for Goofy & Dopey participants), visit with more vendors and spend all your money on runDisney merchandise.
More vendors can be found in Champion Stadium along with Runner Tracking signup and pickup for Dooney & Bourke bags.
Plan for BIG crowds at the Expo, especially early on when there will be long lines for exclusive Expo merchandise. I recommend allowing at least two hours if not a full half day to visit the Expo.
Bus transportation will be available from ALL Walt Disney World Resort Hotels to bring participants to and from most events taking place during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This includes the Expo and all races.
Bus service to the Expo and the Kids Races will run during the following times:
- Wednesday, January 7th: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 8:30 pm)
- Thursday, January 8th: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 7:30 pm)
- Friday, January 9th: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 7:30 pm)
- Saturday, January 10th: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 4:30 pm)
On January 8 – 11, bus transportation will be provided for runners and spectators to and from the races. For those staying at a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail line (Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian), the monorail will begin running at 3:00 am each day to take guests to and from Epcot. Here are the times the busses will run:
- 5K, January 8th: 4:15 am – 5:30 am & 7:00 am – 9:00 am (runners must be on a bus by 5:00 am)
- 10K, January 9th: 3:30 am – 5:00 am & 7:00 am – 10:00 am (runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am)
- Half Marathon, January 10th: 3:00 am – 5:00 am & 7:00 am – 11:00 am (runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am)
- Marathon, January 11th: 3:00 am – 5:00 am & 7:00 am – 2:00 pm (runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am)
If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation to all events. On the mornings of the races, expect SIGNIFICANT DELAYS on all roads heading into Epcot. You will need to enter via World Drive as Epcot Center Drive will be closed due to race course. Leave early and allow from plenty of time. You will need to arrive no later than 4:30 am to make sure you are in your corrals in time for the race start.
Costumes are one of the best parts of any Disney race. It’s amazing to see what some people run in! I think one of my favorites from the Marathon in 2013 was this guy dressed as a flamingo!
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. This is for your own safety, especially during a night race! So who are you dressing up as??
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.
Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race. The strings on the gEAR bags make them horribly uncomfortable to carry around if you are planning on staying for the after party.
All bags are checked in the Family Reunion area prior to heading to the start corrals. Here are the bag check times for each race:
- 5K, Thursday, January 8th: 5:00 am – 9:00 am
- 10K, Friday, January 9th: 4:15 am – 9:00 am
- Half Marathon, Saturday, January 10th: 2:30 am – 10:30 am
- Marathon, Sunday, January 11th: 2:30 am – 1:30 pm
Staging Area & Start Corrals
When you arrive at the Epcot parking lot, you will be directed to a large staging area before the corrals open. This is where you will find bag check, water stations, photo ops and most importantly Port-a-Potties. The corrals for the 5K & 10K will be located in the Explore Lot (see map below) and you will need to be in those corrals 30 minutes prior to the race.
The corrals for the Half Marathon & Marathon are located on Epcot Center Drive. This is approximately a 20 minute walk from the staging area, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get over there. You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.
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.
If you are participating in Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, you will be given one bib for both races. If you are participating in the Dopey Challenge, you will be given 2 bibs. One for the 5K & 10K and one for the half marathon and marathon. Keep good care of these throughout the weekend!
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 finish line. 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. Pace cyclists and the dreaded balloon ladies will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.
There will be 2 water stops along the 5K course and 3 water stops along the 10K course. No PowerAde or fuel will be provided for either of these races.
For the Half Marathon, there will be 9 PowerAde and water stops along the course and there will be one food station at mile 8.5 that will have Clif Shots available. For the Marathon, there will be 19 PowerAde and water stops along the course and 4 food stops. Bananas will be available at miles 11.5 & 18.3. Clif Shots will be available at miles 15.4 & 19.4. In additions, there will be sponges distributed at mile 15.4 as you enter the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and candy will be available when you enter the Studios at mile 22.5.
Tip for you: Hang on to the sponge for the remainder of the race and soak it in water at the following water stops to keep you refreshed!
Aid stations will be located approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other for both races. The PowerAde flavor is lemon-lime, so if that isn’t your thing you should carry your own. Same goes for the fuel stops…don’t rely on those if you have trained with other products.
Walt Disney World 5K & 10K
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Walt Disney World Marathon
More information on other events like the Kids Races is available on the runDisney website and in the Official Event Guide for the weekend. Also, check out some of my packing tips as your get ready to travel and more tips on getting ready for your runcation from RAD contributor Hannah!
Best of luck to everyone taking on one or all of the races over marathon weekend! I will sadly not be there, but be assured that I will be stalking my social media feeds and cheering you all on!
|February 6, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Guest Posts, Race Recaps, Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.sosc.org/page.aspx?pid=224
Link to SOSC 2014 Tinkerbell Race page http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1078811
For upcoming runDisney races check out www.rundisney.com
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
|January 21, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Health & Fitness Expo, Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend|
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!
Find Angela here: Website
|January 15, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend|
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!
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
- 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.
- 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!
|January 6, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Health & Fitness Expo, WDW Marathon Weekend|
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is only 2 days away…who’s excited??
The Health & Fitness Expo kicks off the weekend on Wednesday, January 8th. The Expo will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS) and the hours are as follows:
- Wednesday, January 8th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Thursday, January 9th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Friday, January 10th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday, January 11th: 10:00 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 (Dopey Challenge participants will be receiving 2 bibs) with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt, and clear gEAR bag. The gEAR bag 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. If you are unable to attend the expo, you will need to fill out an authorization form to have someone pick-up your packet for you. You can find these here.
The Expo last year was incredibly busy, so be prepared to wait in line and that you will probably spend a significant amount of time there because the Expo has expanded this year. Packet pick-up is located in the HP Field House for all races except for the Kids Races. Here you will also pick up your shirts for the Goofy & Dopey Challenges. Packet pick-up is now spread over 2 floors so see the map below to find where you have to go.
After visiting the HP Field House, head over to the Jostens Center to visit with vendors and pick up your shirts for the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon. Speaking of shirts, what do you think of the designs for this year??
New this year is the Expo expanded into Champion Stadium. Here you will find various vendors, packet pick-up for the Kids Races, Runner Tracking and Dooney & Bourke items.
If you’re looking to get any of the Expo exclusive items, such as the New Balance runDisney shoes or the Minnie Marathon Bra, you should probably get to the Expo early on the first day. Things tend to sell out quickly!
So get your wallets ready and have fun!