Can you believe it? After just going on sale to the general public yesterday, the Disneyland 10K, Half Marathon, and Dumbo Double Dare Challenge are now SOLD OUT! Pre-registrations for the event weekend opened up at the Walt Disney World Marathon Expo on January 10th. This was also available at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo and online for Disney Visa cardholders and Annual Pass holders.
The Disneyland 10K is a new race this year and was added by runDisney in direct response to runner feedback. Runners were looking for something a little more challenging than a 5K, but not as far as a half marathon. This addition of an alternate distance was first seen with the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler back in September.
With the new 10K also came the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. This is like a mini Goofy Race and a Half Challenge where runners take part in the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. I think it’s a great new challenge without the craziness of a full marathon!
Almost immediately after registration opened at noon, the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge was at 80% capacity and the 10K was at 60%. I knew the races were going to be popular, but this was unprecedented! Dumbo sold out in less than an hour and the 10K sold out in about 3 hours. The Disneyland Half Marathon was hot on the tails of the 10K and at around 2:00 pm today it sold out as well. This is a stark difference from 2012 when the Disneyland Half Marathon sold out in about a month, which was also very fast. In less than 2 weeks the entire weekend is sold out this year, which is the fastest in runDisney history…2 WEEKS!
In a recent interview with Bob Hitchcock of Disney Sports Public Relations, he stated that runDisney is “overwhelmed by the response” and pleasantly surprised by the popularity of these races. They attribute the quick sellout to two things; the growing popularity of the brand and the new distance of the 10K that opened up the weekend to a whole new segment of runners.
Registrations are still available through various groups and charities. If you are still interested in running one of the races, you can find the list of participating organization here. At the time of this post, the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K is at 64% capacity and the runDisney Kids Races are at 62%. These are a great way to get the whole family involved in race weekend, but be sure to sign up soon since those will most likely sell out quickly as well.
Did you get your registration in on time?
UPDATED: January 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Here is the official release from runDisney:
Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Sets Record Pace
With 26-Hour Sell Out
Limited Spots Available Through Charities and Travel Groups
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – (Jan. 23, 2013) – A little more than 26 hours after opening on-line sales to the general public, the Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K and Dumbo Double Darereached capacity and set a runDisney sell out record. Coming off successful back-to-back capacity filled race weekends, in which more than 65,000 registered runners participated in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and more than 19,500 in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, runDisney races have reached a new threshold with record fast sell out times, joining the ranks of other sell out races Marine Corps Marathon, ING New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon.
Of the more than 25,000 runners who registered for the race weekend, 17,500 runners will participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon and 8,000 in the Disneyland 10K – including 5,000 in the Dumbo Double Dare. 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 registered for the Dumbo Double Dare, which involves running the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total). Participants who signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare will receive a Dumbo Double Dare tech shirt and a special finisher medal, in addition to the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.
“Runner response to the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is overwhelming,” says Disney Sports Marketing and Communication Director Faron Kelley. “This points to the growing popularity ofrunDisney events and runner demand for two-day, back-to-back race challenges, along with the ever popular 10K distance.”
A very limited number of registrations are available for the half marathon and 10K through charity and travel groups. Runners can get more information on these opportunities by going to rundisney.com.
In addition, registration remains open for the Family Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids Races. These races are filling quickly so runners are encouraged to register today at rundisney.com.