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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!

Tink-Half-Liliane-With bib at EXPO

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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Tinker Bell Boracay New Balance runDisney Shoe Revealed!


New Balance and runDisney have revealed a new shoe that will be available at Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, May 7-10!  The Fresh Foam Tinker Bell Boracay are a green & yellow neutral shoe with some extra cushioning to help you take flight.  This shoe is ideal for long runs or to take you past that second star to the right and straight on til morning!


These shoes will be available beginning on Thursday, May 7th at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  To minimize waiting in line for shoes, sign up for the virtual queue at using your bib number starting Thursday, May 7th, at 6:00 am (I am going to assume that is Pacific Time).  Once you sign up, you will be sent a time via text/email to arrive at the Expo to get your shoes.  They same process will take place Friday and Saturday mornings, May 8 & 9 for all non-runners.  Set your alarms!!  

If these shoes aren’t your style, all of the other shoes from the New Balance runDisney collection will be available at the Expo as well.



What do you think of the new design?  Will you be taking flight with these new Tinker Bell shoes?

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon Moves to May in 2015

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runDisney recently announced that for 2015 the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will be moved to Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 – 10.  I’m sure this comes from a lot of feedback from runDisney fans that the current date of the race in January is too close to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  With the addition of the Dopey Challenge, it would be a lot for people to attempt to participate in both weekends.  However I know there are some of you out there who are doing it… 🙂

There is a bit of a downside to this change as can be seen in the comments on the Disney Parks Blog.  First is the potential for heat.  After the very hot weather over Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend this year, having the race too close to the summer months is a concern.  However, the average temperature for Anaheim in May is only 78 so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Next issue is the actual time of year.  May is a busy time of year for for many families, particularly with graduations.  Also, Mother’s Day poses as an issue for many who want to spend that time with their children instead of running a race.  I know many see this as a “girl’s weekend” without bringing the entire family.  This may change things.

Personally, I don’t have an opinion either way.  I see pluses and minuses for each date.  I am not a mother, but I do see how that weekend can pose a BIG issue for those who are.

What do you think about this change?  Are you more or less likely to participate in May?

Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend!

Registration is now open for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend!  The race weekend will take place January 16 – 19, 2012 and now features the all new Tinker Bell 10K.

Tinker Bell Half Medal

This is the 3rd year for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the popularity continues to increase for this women’s themed race.  The addition of the 10K race will draw even more runners to Disneyland in early January to fly through the parks.  Unfortunately, runDisney will not be adding a new challenge this weekend for those who want to participate in both the 10K and half marathon.  My theory on this is because the 10K races were selling out too fast due to the challenges and they wanted to allow for more participation for those looking for a shorter distance.  This hasn’t been confirmed, but makes sense on why there is no challenge for this weekend.

Pricing for the events are as follows:

Tinker Bell Half Marathon

  • $175 by August 13, 2013
  • $190 between August 14 and October 15, 2013
  • $205 on or after October 16, 2013

Tinker Bell 10K

  • $95 by August 13, 2013
  • $110 between August 14 and October 15, 2013
  • $125 on or after October 16, 2013

Never Land Family Fun Run 5K

  • $70 per participant

runDisney Kids Races

  • $20 per child

Similar to the Princess Half Marathon, runners can register as a 2-person team for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  (There is no team division for the Tinker Bell 10K).  Runners must register individually for the race and then sign up as a tea.  There is no confirmation on the price, but it is probably somewhere around an additional $15 like Princess.  The same commemorative sash and a special team photo area at the expo will be available with the team registration as an additional perk.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo will open at 2:00 pm on January 16th in the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall and remain open through the 18th.  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 location is still TBD, but last year the event was held at the Disneyland Hotel.

For all of you amazing spectators out there, there are various ChEAR Squad packages available for you to support your runners!  The ChEAR Squad areas will be open from 5:00 am – 9:15 am on Sunday, January 19th.  You can view the details of the various packages here and pricing is as follows:

ChEAR Squad

  • Bronze Package No Charge
  • Silver Package $39
  • Gold Package – $119
  • Platinum Package – $154

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

This race sells out very quickly, so if you are interested in participating don’t hesitate!  Visit the runDisney event page for all the additional information you need on the weekend including transportation, hotels, etc…  Oh and don’t forget to check out RAD Reader Christina’s recap of the Never Land Family Fun 5K from this year to get you excited for the races!

Will YOU be flying through Disneyland with Tinker Bell in January?  What do you think about there not being a challenge for the 10K and half marathon?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: July 7, 2013

RAD Living Header_FinalI want to first start by thanking so many of you for your support and encouragement with my new project RAD Living!  It has been humbling to hear all of your kind words and it has made me even more motivated to keep moving forward and follow my dreams!  I really can’t even begin to express my gratitude and I hope you are enjoying the site so far.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my new sister site to Running at Disney called RAD Living!  You can read all about why I started it and where I hope it goes here.  Also, I’m shamelessly going to ask you to like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter…come on, you know you want to!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday and got to spend some time relaxing and having fun with family and friends.  I know I did!  In case you’ve missed it with all the holiday celebrations, here’s what’s been happening on Running at Disney this week:

And here’s what’s new over on RAD Living:

Now on to some RAD Reads from around the Interwebs!

Running & Fitness Posts
Marc Bigbie recaps his first Ultra 50K (whoa!) and also shares some of the lessons learned from his first Ultra Marathon.

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail encourages us to simply love our bodies in her July #BodyLOVE Summer Challenge.

Journey of  a Dreamer shares her struggles with motivation and how she overcomes those slumps.

Just a One Girl Revolution has 5 tips to keep running…very helpful!

Mommy, Run Fast! has some great tips for healthy eating on the go, including some great meal prep recipes.

Disney Posts
Mouse on the Mind finishes the fun Imagineering Awesome series with a great post by Katherine on her dream attraction: The Death Star Trench Run.  Yes!  

Eating WDW has dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe and after seeing all the delicious meats in the never-ending skillet, I think this is a must-do on my next trip!

Da Mouse previews the MagicBands Merchandise...I’m really on the fence about all of this.  They also have a photo update of the Grand Floridian DVC property, which makes me much more excited.

Eat. Sleep. Run Disney has an amazing review of the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure that makes me SO excited for my upcoming trip!

Weekly Review
It is HOT here in the Northeast…seriously HOT!  I don’t deal well with exercising in extreme heat, so my fitness has been severely lacking this week.  Running and CrossFit have taken a backseat to less intensive exercises like yoga and swimming.

Sunrise Yoga

Plus the 4th of July holiday was thrown in there that threw my schedule for a loop (yeah, yeah…excuses, excuses!).  Anyway, here’s my full week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Front Squats & Squat Cleans
Tuesday: CrossFit: Dead Lifts & the Hardest WOD Ever!
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Yoga – 12 min Sun Salutation
Saturday: Yoga – 30 min + Lots of Swimming

Well I did manage to get that KILLER 220# dead lift PR early in the week that was insanely exciting!

Dead Lift

This week is looking to be another scorcher, but I guess that is to be expected for July.  I need to suck it up and get the work done, I just won’t be pushing it as hard and staying hydrated.

I’m going to be starting my Disneyland trip planning in a new weekly series and I’m looking to all of YOU for help!  This will be my first trip out there for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend and I want all the insider tips.  Can’t wait to get planning with you expert westcoasters and I hope some of you other newbies will find the series useful as well!

Oh and don’t forget, Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend goes on-sale Tuesday…set those alarms!

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!!

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