Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

( 17 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Anaheim,
    California,
    United States
  • August
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon
  • Road Race

Erin

Sydney, Australia
80 35
2015
"Another magical race!"
Overall
T-Shirts/SWAG
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Parking/Access
Race Management
Erin 's thoughts:

Registration: Once again, this event sells out quickly. Registration is via Active and it's wise to ensure that you set a reminder or alarm for the on sale time to avoid disappointment. I went through a Travel Agent for my bib and it was an easier and stress free experience.

Expo: This year runDisney changed the rules on packet pickup so that all competitors must pick up their own bibs. Packet pickup was located underneath the Disneyland Hotel Convention Centre alongside the commemorative item pickup and then followed back upstairs straight to the T-Shirt pickup. New to the event this year (it has been at other runDisney events since late 2014) was the need for a picture to be taken for challenge competitors.
Merchandise queues were handled efficiently, with the majority of the queue located upstairs in the Convention Centre, and then moved down to the merchandise area in rows.

Swag: Included in the race cost was a t-shirt. For the 5K it was a unisex plain cotton tee celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 5K. For the 10K, Half and Dumbo Double Dare shirts they were gender specific Champion technical tees - true to Champion size. All shirts also commemorated Disneyland's Diamond 60th Anniversary.

Course: This course changed from 2014's version, rather entering the park right at the start rather than running down Katella Ave. The issue with this was that there was no thinning of corrals, so the park miles were definitely a lot more crowded. There was a range of characters out, as well as some iconic photo spots to take pictures with 10th Anniversary props. In Disneyland itself, the course had changed bringing a little more time in the backstage area. Once out of the park, it was the standard run down to the Santa Ana trail, through to Angels stadium and then back around Paradise Pier to the finish line.

Support: Once again, the support was a plenty for the race, outside the park there were plenty of cheerleaders, dance and cultural groups, and the famous car mile. Additionally the locals were back out and saving runners from the awful sun and heat with candy, pretzels and sponges.

Aid Stations: There's plenty of aid stations supplying both water and Powerade. Mile 9 aid station offers Clif Shot Gels. Medical stations were also scattered during the course.

Post-run: Once again, post-run is super organised, moving through from collecting medals to verification of photo ID for the challenge medal. From here you can pick up water/Powerade and then take pictures (you can also skip this part if you'd prefer), the medical tent is located in this area with both manned and self service stations.

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).

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