Racing Disney: Racing Disney: Previewing the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

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This weekend, thousands of pixies will descend upon Anaheim for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland Resort. Today, I wanted to take you through some of the highlights of the official event guide (which can be viewed in full here)
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  • The runDisney Health and Fitness Expo will take place in the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday and Saturday. The expo opens at 10 am on Thursday and Saturday, while it doesn’t open until noon on Friday. Thursday and Friday the expo closes at 8 pm, while it closes at 4 pm on Saturday.
  • The expo is where you can pick up your race packet, shirts, commemorative items and shop at various vendors present. A map of the expo can be found in the event guide. All runners MUST attend the expo to pick up their race bib and other swag – no one else may pick up items for you. A map of the expo is available in the event guide.
  • Complimentary Anaheim Transportation Network Shuttles will depart from select area hotels to the Disneyland Resort every 20 minutes throughout the weekend. Passes are available at the Expo. On their way to the expo, runners can ride for free by presenting their printed race waiver.
  • Still available for purchase for the weekend is the VIP Treasure Lounge Experience. This is sort of like Race Retreat on the East Coast, with runners experiencing benefits such as early expo entrance on Thursday (beginning at 8 am), a Glamour Running Make-up Clinic on Friday, a WonderGround Gallery Artist Signing on Saturday, and a Post-Race Celebration including private cool down tent with refreshments and an exclusive photo-op and food and game card from ESPN Zone on Sunday. Also included is PhotoPass, capturing your race weekend memories. The cost is $199 per person and packages can still be booked. See event guide for details.
  • The Never Land 5K is the first race of the weekend, taking place on Friday, May 12, with the first wave of runners taking off at 5:00 am. The course starts in Disneyland Park (near the castle) and makes it way out through Fantasyland, around the perimeter of the park, and into California Adventure, where runner’s will spend most their race before finishing in the parking lot near the Disneyland Hotel. Spectators are invited to view their runner at the start and Mile 2.7 in Downtown Disney.
  • Runners who purchased access to the “Lunch n’ Learn” event can begin checking in at the Napa Rose Restaurant in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at 9:45 am.
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  • The Tinkerbell 10K takes place on Saturday, May 13, with the first wave of runners taking off at 5:30 am. This course begins on the road and snakes around into Disneyland park in the back near Fantasyland and then back out on the road around the perimeter, before runners will turn back and re-enter Disneyland park in Tomorrowland. Runners will run through the hub/castle area before winding into Adventureland and back out through Main Street, USA, crossing through Downtown Disney into California Adventure. Runner’s will then curve through the park and out near the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride before finishing in the Disneyland Hotel Parking Lot. Spectators are invited to view their runner at the start and Mile 6 adjacent to Downtown Disney.
  • For those pint-sized pixies participating in the runDisney Kids Races, the fun starts in the Downtown Disney District near the Disneyland Hotel at 9 am.
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  • The final race of the weekend is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday, May 12. This race starts the first wave of runners at 5:30 am. As with years past (and all DL races) most of this race takes place in the city of Anaheim, with runners beginning their race on a similar path through the parks to the 10K the day before. Spectators are invited to view their runner at miles 1.5 and 2.9 at the entrance plaza of Disneyland, mile 5.5 at the Zazu parking lot near the Disneyland Hotel and Mile 13 adjacent to Downtown Disney.
  • There is a link to your virtual goody bag in the race guide, so make sure you check that out!
  • Don’t forget if you’re competing in the Pixie Dust Challenge, you must visit the challenge tent after the half to receive your challenge medal!
  • If you’ve run another half this calendar year at Walt Disney World, don’t forget to pick up your Coast-to-Coast wristband at the expo and wear it Sunday to receive your Coast-to-Coast medal! If you ran the Princess Half Marathon this year, you will be eligible for the coveted Pink Coast-to-Coast!
  • The event guide also has tips for proper race etiquette, safety reminders, and costume guidelines. If this is your first major race (or you just need a refresher) be sure you review. Don’t be THAT runner!

Runners: Don’t forget to have fun! Take it all in. Treasure the magical memories you’re creating. See you next week!

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Author: Addie Clark

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