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2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Info


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??

Tink Dooney


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.



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!




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


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!


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.”


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



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!

Coast to Coast Medals

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


Tinker Bell 10K


Tinker Bell Half Marathon


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 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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RAD Recap for August 17, 2014

Busy week here on Running at Disney!!  So much good stuff going on…Tink Half, transformations, Disney songs, Anaheim antics, gearing up for the Disneyland Half AND a giveaway!  But first, let’s talk about the Disney Fit Challenge.


The event is now 6 weeks out, flights have been booked, ADRs have been made, so it seems like the perfect time for Disney Sports to make some major schedule changes right?  Sigh…  The competition is now going to have 5 workouts spread over 2 days.  While I’m excited for the additional workout, this is now cutting into my Food & Wine time…hmmmm, not sure how I feel about that.

So how about Tink, huh?  After selling out in record time the past few years, it’s pretty amazing that there are still spots available for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon AND the all new Pixie Dust Challenge almost a week later.  This leads me to wonder…has runDisney finally added to many races to their roster that the demand is starting to go down?  Or is it the move to Mother’s Day Weekend the cause for a lack in registrations?  Don’t get me wrong, the entire race weekend will sell out, but just not as quickly as we’ve come accustomed to.  What are your thoughts?

Tink Half Start

Some of the other stuff going on this week…Sarah (not me) stopped by to share her transformation story, I took a look at my favorite and not so favorite songs from Disney animated films and John compared two theme park races in this month’s Anaheim Antics.

I’m still looking for contributors to cover Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend if you are running any of the races or even going as a spectator.  You can see the list of topics that are still available here or just email me anything you are thinking!

And lastly, don’t forget to check out this cool giveaway I found for a Reebok Maleficent Prize Pack…perfect for back to school!

Make sure to check back this week for a new transformation and an update on Hannah’s marathon mission.  Have a great week!

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Anaheim Antics: Battle of the Theme Park Races

Wait…there are races outside of Disney???   Ha Ha, just kidding!  Today John is back with more Anaheim Antics and compares a runDisney race to another Anaheim theme park’s race.  How do you think it will compare??


“The Gold Standard”  That’s the term we often apply to Disney Theme Parks, describing superior quality and legendary guest service.  But that standard also comes with a price.  runDisney events have quickly become the gold standard of running events, not just in spectacle, quality, and service, but also in price.  Any runner who has done a runDisney race will attest to the Disney difference.  But here in Anaheim, Disney is not the only theme park in town with a race series.

Just a stone’s throw from the Happiest Place on Earth is Knott’s Berry Farm, proudly billing itself as “America’s 1st Theme Park”.  Indeed, Knott’s predates Disneyland by 15 years, when Walter Knott built a replica Ghost Town next to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.  Today, Knott’s Berry Farm hosts their annual Coaster Run, which offers a 5K, 10K and the beloved Camp Snoopy Kids Run.  Having recently run the Disney’s Tinker Bell 10k, I of course had to run Knott’s Coaster Run 10k as well.  So how do two theme parks within a few miles from each other pull off running events? Let me tell you.


OPERATORS:  Disney races, including the Tink 10k, are managed by runDisney, which means a very well managed race with high emphasis on service and quality.  You’re guaranteed a positive runner experience thanks to their management.  Knott’s uses Renegade Racing, started in 2004 by competitive athlete and former US Marine Jonathan Pauley.  Knott’s was the third Renegade race I’ve run, but it won’t be the last.  I’ve been very satisfied with their operations at every race.

REGISTRATION:  $43-$55 for Knott’s compared to $105 for runDisney.   Of course, runDisney’s Tinker Bell 10k sold out within hours, while the Knott’s Coaster Run had same-day registration available.  Put simply, $50 is a lot easier to swallow than $100.  But the laws of supply and demand say both of these races are reasonably priced.  Both use as their registration portal.

PACKET PICK-UP: Disney runners must pick up their packets at the runDisney expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  This means greater Downtown Disney parking lot congestion, and a guarantee of your wallet being thinner once you’ve found that perfect product in the expo.

By comparison, Knott’s runners can simply stop by the Buena Park Mall or Sports Authority in Irvine.  You should be in and out in 15 minutes, whereas the runDisney expo will carve a good hour or so out of your evening.  There’s no expo, but there’s also no congestion.  Unfortunately, there’s also no related merchandise, which might have a place there.


RACE DAY PARKING:  Disney runners will want to park in the Mickey 7 Friends lot, but you’ll have to pay for parking.  The race start is on Disney Drive adjacent to the structure, so it’s not much of a walk at all to your assigned corral.  This is where Knott’s really shines.   Parking is in the Knott’s Berry Farm parking lot, and parking for race participants is free.  I wasn’t expecting this, as I pulled up to the parking lot with my wallet out.  It was a very pleasant surprise indeed.

THE COURSE:  Both courses start on-property, and wind through the respective parks.  Both have characters on the course, and both have courses that are clearly marked.  Both have parts of their courses on public streets, and both have finish lines in reasonable proximity to their park entrances.  What differentiates the two is the overall quality of each.  Disneyland is, without a doubt, the higher quality park as far as show standards.  Goofy looks like Goofy should, and Mickey looks like Mickey. Charlie Brown and Snoopy, though, look like 6 foot tall stuffed animals.  That’s not to say they look bad, but it’s hard to let go of the Disney show quality.

When it comes to the course, Disneyland paths are wider and more level, while Knott’s tends to have narrower walking paths with more noticeable changes in elevation.  I recall one very tight hairpin switchback in the Knott’s race, which had a great deal of bottlenecking and shoulder bumping, and another whose incline was steep enough that a runner near me almost lost his footing.


THE FINISH LINE:  After an hour of running, there’s no greater sight than the finish line in the distance.  Disney’s finish line is festively appointed, with a huge video screen allowing spectators to watch your victory sprint.   Just past it is a nice wide area to prevent bunching of runners.  A runDisney volunteer congratulates you, and then awards you by putting the beautiful medal around your neck.  Next is a series of Photopass backdrops for the perfect shot.  And don’t forget to pick up your assortment of fruit, bottled water, and other goodies.

By comparison, the Knott’s finish line itself is just fine, but once you pass it, you immediately hit a wall of runners trying to squeeze through single, poorly placed photo backdrop, and then the medal distribution, where you are simply handed your medal as you continue for much needed fruit and water.  One thing Knott’s is known for, though, is boysenberries, and part of the perk is a slice of their famous boysenberry pie at the end of the race.  It’s a great perk, but this area of the finish line is so congested it can be downright uncomfortable.

THE MEDALS:  There’s no denying it:  runDisney medals are works of art.  They’re huge, have some serious weight in them, and are clearly where a good portion of your registration fee went.  The Knott’s medal is nicely designed, colorful, and the size of a standard medal (about 2” square, give or take), which will look great on your medal rack.


PERKS AND PIQUES:  After the Knott’s race, my group proceeded right over to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.  What better way to celebrate your victory than with a generous chicken serving of southern fried chicken smothered in gravy?  But it needn’t end there.  All race participants get 50% off park admission for the day.  You’ve already parked for free, so why not stay a little longer?  Disney doesn’t offer an admission discount for runners, but there’s the appeal of grabbing a post-race breakfast at Tangaroa Terrace, Steakhouse 55, Goofy’s Kitchen, or Storyteller’s Café, all of which are outside the Parks.  You’ve already paid to park, so why not?

OVERALL COMPARISON:  In some aspects such a show standards, it’s simply unfair to compare the Disney look to the Knott’s look.  They’re apples and oranges, and should rightly be judged on individual merit.  If I didn’t have Disney on the brain, I probably would find no fault in Knott’s characters or walking paths.  But some comparisons are rightly of concern.

Knott’s post-race bottleneck and areas of steep elevation changes should be reviewed.  Likewise, runDisney should give consideration to how packet pickup at the Disneyland hotel adversely impact traffic in the Downtown Disney parking area.  But successes of both should be similarly considered.  Disney’s atmospheric level of quality comes as an expectation given the price tag of the race, and even there, the level of Guest service exceeds expectations.  Knott’s doesn’t have to let you park for free, or let you into the park for a discount, but they do.

All in all, when weighing expectations, it stands to reason that there’s no race like a runDisney race.  But other theme parks are similarly capable (and in Knott’s case, quite successful) at putting on a race event that promotes a fitness lifestyle, a family tradition, and a fun atmosphere.  See you next year, Knott’s.  Please keep that slice of boysenberry pie at the ready.

RADically yours,



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.

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!


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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RAD Recap for August 2, 2014

So as I’ve been going through my photos from California this week, I realized I took over 1,000 photos.  I think I have a problem 🙂  I have a few posts coming up in the next few weeks exploring my new love of Disneyland.  Yes, that’s right I officially fell in love with Disneyland this trip…a VERY different experience from Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend last year.

In the meantime, enjoy this full ride through of Radiator Springs Racers from our trip!

Big runDisney news this week was the announcement of the Pixie Dust Challenge during the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend.  Like the other half marathon weekend challenges, runners participating in both the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell 10K will receive an extra medal for completing both.  Early registration opens this Wednesday at noon EDT.  Will you be taking on this newest challenge??

runDisney also revealed the medals for this year’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  I love the spinner design of the Wine & Dine Half medal, but I’m really not a fan of the ribbon.  What do you think?


Also this week Julia stopped by to share her transformation story and I shared some photos from our trip to the CrossFit Games.  Check it out!

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Hope you’ve had a great week and that you make this one RAD!!

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