Can you believe that Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend begins in one week! How did it get here so fast?! There is a lot to know for this busy race weekend and I’ve got all the important details for you right here. Now all you have to worry about is getting one of these RAD medals!
Health & Fitness Expo
As all runDisney race weekends do, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend starts with the Health & Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel. Last year the expo was a HORRIBLE experience full of 2+ hour lines and a severely crowded expo floor. Thankfully an extra day has been added for 2014 and the hours have been extended, which are as follows:
- Thursday, August 28th: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Friday, August 29th: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Saturday, August 30th: 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.
When you arrive at the expo, your first stop will be the Lower Exhibit Hall for Packet Pick Up. If you are unable to attend the expo, you can arrange for an absentee pick-up by filling out an authorization form (found here) and providing the person picking up your bib with a photo copy of your ID and signed waiver.
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 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, August 28 – 31. Make sure to get a pass from one of the drivers…this is a BIG bonus! The shuttles make stops around every 20 minutes, so plan your trip accordingly. The schedule will be extended to the following times:
- Thursday, August 28th: 7:20 pm – 10:30 pm
- Friday, August 29th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
- Saturday, August 30th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
- Sunday, August 31st: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
Here is a map of the Good Neighbor Hotel locations:
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 5:30 am on race days and there will be numerous detours that will be set up. Make sure to leave enough time for traffic delays!
This is one of the best parts of Disney races…the costumes!! I love to see all the creativity that people put into their costumes. 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??
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. Bag check will be located in the Lilo Parking Lot/Family Reunion Area. All bags must be checked by 5:15 am for all races prior to heading into the start corrals. Bags must be picked up by 7:15 am for the 5K, 8:15 for the 10K and 11:00 am for the half marathon at the same location.
The start corrals are located on Disneyland Drive between Mickey Way and Paradise Way. 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 and the Dumbo Double Dare 10K will be available at packet pick-up.
Disneyland Half Marathon & Dumbo Double Dare
All races will begin at 5:30 am. The wheelchair start for the half marathon will be at 5:29 am on Sunday, August 31st. 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.
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 Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, you will have one race bib for both the 10K and the Half Marathon, so make sure to take good care of it!
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. Keep this in mind if you are planning to stop for character photos. Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lost track of time. Pace cyclists and the dreaded balloon ladies will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.
Dumbo Double Dare Participants
If you are participating in this challenge, you will receive a wristband after finishing the Disneyland 10K on Saturday. This must be worn while running the Disneyland Half Marathon. After completing the Disneyland Half Marathon, you will need to present this wristband at the Dumbo Double Dare 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 Disneyland Half Marathon. After completing the race, you will need to present this wristband at the Coast to Coast tent to receive your medal.
Disneyland 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.
Last year was my first time participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and my first trip out to Disneyland! Participating in the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge was a great experience and the Disneyland 10K is definitely one of my top races ever! You can check out some of my experiences from last year here:
- 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, Oh the Fun We Had!
- 2013 Dumbo Double Dare Recap Part I – Disneyland 10K
- 2013 Dumbo Double Dare Recap Part II – Disneyland Half Marathon
- Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Snack Box
- Pre-Race Meal at Tortilla Joe’s
- A Mad runDisney Meet Up Through Disneyland
Finally, if you will be out in Disneyland, I am still looking for some contributors to cover the events of the weekend. Here is a list of some ideas for posts and how to contact me. Also, please tag me in your photos from the weekend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…I will share them and might even use them for a compilation the events…who knows! I can’t wait to follow along!