Well if I was debating on heading out to Disneyland this year for the Disneyland Half Marathon, this news just sealed the deal! runDisney announced today that they will be adding a 10K to the lineup during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. The race will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 and will take runners through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the streets of Anaheim. Take a look at the official invite:
And to make this news even more exciting, runners will have the opportunity to sign up for the Dumbo Double Dare, which includes both the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday! Finishers will receive a special medal upon completing both events on top of the individual medals for both races. I’m planning on completing the Coast to Coast Challenge that weekend, so I will be leaving California with 4 shiny new medals!!
Here is the official press release:
NEW 10K RACE ADDED TO DISNEYLAND HALF MARATHON WEEKEND
Runners Can Double Their Effort With Dumbo Double Dare; Race Registration Opens Next Month
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (Dec. 19, 2012) – The Happiest Race on Earth is getting a little happier starting next year. The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is expanding to include the Disneyland 10K at Disneyland Resort in California, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2013.
The new 10K race, the latest in the popular runDisney series, will be a timed event and will take runners through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the streets of Anaheim. Each finisher will receive a specially designed commemorative finisher medal. Runners looking for an extra challenge can register for the Dumbo Double Dare, which involves running the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total). The limited number of participants who sign up for the Dumbo Double Dare will receive a Dumbo Double Dare running shirt and a special finisher medal, in addition to the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.
The Disneyland 10K builds on the weekend of races and entertainment geared toward families and runners of all levels. In addition to the 10K, the weekend of events include the Kids Races, the Family Fun Run 5K, the Half Marathon and a two-day Health and Fitness Expo where guests can check out the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets, plus learn from speakers such as runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutrition consultant Tara Gidus and former Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton. Runners and guests can add to their race weekend experience by purchasing tickets to a Pasta in the Park Party.
“The 10K distance is the third most popular distance for runners next to the 5K and half marathon, so this race weekend will have it all,” said Manager, runDisney Events Kathleen Duran. “We are excited to continue to add different distance races so runners at every level can experience a runDisney event and run through Disney theme parks.”
Registration opens for all Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races on Jan. 22, 2013. Last year’s half marathon sold out in a little more than a month. For more information about the race weekend and other runDisney events, go to www.rundisney.com.
Are you excited about this new race? Will you be doing the Dumbo Double?