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2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Info

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

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

Health & Fitness Expo

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Resort Transportation

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

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

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

Here is a map of the Good Neighbor Hotel locations:

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Driving Directions

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

Costumes

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

Bag Check

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

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

Start Corrals

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

Tinker Bell 10K

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon & Pixie Dust Challenge

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Starting Times

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

Race Bibs

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

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

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Pacing Requirements

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

Pixie Dust Challenge Participants

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

Coast to Coast Challenge Participants

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

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

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Course Maps

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

Never Land 5K

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Tinker Bell 10K

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon

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

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

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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.

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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?

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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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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?

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

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

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

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

Will you be taking the Pixie Dust Challenge??

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Transformation Tuesday: Richard Green

I’m excited to have our first Transformation Tuesday from a male point of view!!  Richard found runDisney as a way to not only lose weight but as a way to fight his depression and enjoy a healthier, happier life!  A true inspiration in how to turn that frown upside-down 🙂

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Richard-Green-Transformation-BeforeIn August of 2011, I was poking around the internet when I stumbled across the runDisney site.  Registration was open for the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  I knew that in my present physical shape a half marathon was out of the question, but I saw that they had a 5k fun run. I’m a lawyer.  Before I plunked down $100 for a 5k, I read the fine print.  There was a pace requirement.  I had to hold a 16 minute mile pace or I’d be removed from the course.  I didn’t know how fast that was, but I didn’t think I could do that.  I did not want to fail, so I dismissed the thought of running the Neverland 5K.

About a week later I saw a Facebook post from a friend doing the Couch to 5K program.  I investigated it and discovered how I would run the Neverland 5k. I plunked down the $100 for the 5k bib because I knew if I didn’t register for the race, I’d flake on the training.

On September 1, 2011, I mounted the treadmill at my apartment complex and ‘ran’ day one of week one of C25k.  At the end of that 30 minutes, I stepped off that treadmill with a clarity of mine that I had not had in years.  The mental fog that I had been living in was gone.  The dysthymic depression that had pervaded my life was gone, and I saw myself in a whole new way.  After that first treadmill session, I realized that I was depressed and that I was treating the depression with food.

After realizing that running was an effective treatment for depression for me, I realized that if I were to keep running, I would need to lose weight.  I downloaded a calorie log called Lose It!  Running gave/gives me the mental acuity to log and restrict my caloric intake.  I also sought medical advice and treatment for depression.

I ran the Neverland 5k in January of 2012 and kept on running.  Along the way, I finished the Disneyland Half Marathon, The Double Dumbo Dare, and most recently the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.

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Through running, calorie logging, and medical treatment for depression, I lost 141 lbs. I now weight 225 lbs.  I am also significantly more self aware.  runDisney was my path out of darkness of mental illness and back to a healthy lifestyle.

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Richard is a Southern California native and a huge Disney fan.  He used to be huge in more ways than one.  Not only is his a Disneyland annual passholder, but he also tipped the scale at 366 pounds.  Through runDisney, Richard has lost the weight and found happiness all while completing numerous races along the way.

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Has running at Disney helped to transform your life?  If so, I want to hear your story!  Send me an email at sarah@runningatdisney.com to be featured on an upcoming Transformation Tuesday!

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