Hello! Here is my recap of the Disneyland Half Marathon! I did the Dumbo Double Dare which is a 10k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday. Check out my Disney 10k recap here.
After the 10k I carb-loaded for the 13.1 with Pho and Sonic. #boom
Then it was time to wind down and get ready for a 3:40am wake-up call. I didn’t stay on Disney property since I live close enough to drive up at that ridiculous hour.
There was a lot more traffic for the half than the 10K, I didn’t take that into account! So, I barely made it to my corral with two minutes to spare.
Tip: Look out for your corral as you walk toward the start. The first morning I got into the wrong corral on accident just walking up the street and was fenced in – I had to go all the way back and around to get to my assigned corral. You can go back to a later corral, but can’t move up to an earlier one.
The course winds outside of the park before going inside California Adventure.
Then, you hit Disneyland.
Tip: Disney races start super early so a lot of your first pictures will be before the sun comes up when it’s still dark. Make sure you know how to take good pics with your camera or phone before you realize this as mile 3 and have a collection of blurry pics for your blog…
The Disneyland Half Marathon had mostly villain characters out around Fantasy Land. I stopped and took a picture with Cruella De Ville near Small World.
Tip: After mile 4 it’s all outside the parks. So, if you want to take pictures of the parts through Disneyland and CA adventure have your camera ready at the beginning of the race. I put my camera away after we left the parks, but pulled it out again near Angel Stadium.
Even though runners head out of the parks after the first few miles I still think it’s a good course for the most part. There were folklorico dancers and a long line of old cars with people cheering.
Around mile 9 you run through Angel Stadium. That was super cool since the part of the stadium we ran past had a bunch of people in the bleachers cheering!
At the end you run back toward Disneyland and the race finishes at Downtown Disney.
Disneyland Half Marathon Results: 1:54:46
I don’t worry about time at races where I stop to take pictures. But, I did keep a decent pace when I was running.
Since I did the 10K on Saturday and the Half on Sunday I completed the Dumbo Double Dare and got an extra medal for that.
From the finish it was an easy walk back to the parking structure.
Tip: The Disneyland races end at Downtown Disney which is a lot smaller than Disney World’s Downtown area. There are places to get coffee, smoothies and food – but it’s crowded. Let your support crew know they can get food and drinks while waiting for you near the finish, but you might want to plan breakfast/brunch off property.
Tip: Run Disney races are meant to be FUN! You run through Disney parks and get to see characters and the theme parks in a different way. I don’t think the majority of people run these races for speed. So, it’s common to stop, take pictures and run in a costume. I say enjoy it and go all out at your next race.
Question: Do you do races for FUN or to be FAST? Or for the FOOD after??