- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
Signing up via Active, registration for the Disneyland Half Weekend events is more difficult than running the event itself! Selling out in minutes, it’s wise to organise a reminder or alarm for the on sale time to avoid disappointment.
RunDisney certainly know how to put on an expo, with a range of exhibitors selling clothing, sparkle skirts, shoes, race food - in fact, anything you can think of. The packet pickup was located underneath the Disneyland Hotel Convention Centre and then followed back upstairs straight to the T-Shirt pickup.
New Balance shoes were certainly a drawcard at the expo this year, and runners were encouraged to sign up online for Thursday/Friday purchases and walk ins were accommodated on the Saturday.
RunDisney Ambassadors were also scheduled to give hourly talks at the main stage, which separated the expo with the RunDisney Merchandise booth.
The 5K course started outside the Disneyland Hotel, took a journey through California Adventure and Disneyland before looping back through Downtown Disney and finishing back at the Disneyland Hotel. Given that the run begins at 5:30am it’s still dark, but quite humid (something that I didn’t expect) - there isn’t too many obstructions on the course and any area that narrows is well mentioned. There were 3 different locations for characters - Cars Land (Lightning McQueen), Fantasyland (Chip, Dale, Daisy and Clarice) and Frontierland (Stitch), in front of Rivers of America; and being in corral A I had to luxury of getting pictures with each character. This course does not run through Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
This run is not timed, but it is expected to still be done within the 16min a mile requirement.
Once finished, the run is really organised - medals are collected immediately and then runners are filtered off to Coast to Coast collection (Half), Dumbo Double Dare wristband/medal collection (10K/Half) or straight through to the Finisher’s photos. The further you walked down the chute, the less of a line there was for pictures the whole weekend. At the end of the Half there is a couple of backgrounds for Dumbo Double Dare finishers.
Once pictures are done you walk through to collect your sealed runner’s food box and banana. Finally you walk through bag check (which was next to no line) before being spat out at the main holding area - with streaming of the finish line.
All walkways back around the resort were well marked, and volunteers were able to advise the route to walk. Downtown Disney is really only affected after the 5K and the 10K, while it is clear for the Half (as runners are directed behind Paradise Pier hotel).