Racing Disney: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Special Ticket Events now available! PLUS – Medals revealed!

Hey there Main Streeters! Well, just two weeks ago I complained about not being able to see the medals for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and the lack of information regarding special ticket events like the Spectator Viewing Party and last week runDisney delivered just that!
Now available through runDisney.com and Active is spots at the Spectator Viewing Party, VIP Runner’s Lounge, and Lunch n’ Learn events. First introduced during Tinkerbell Half Weekend this year, these events offer ways to add to the magic of your running experience.
The Spectator Viewing Party allows spectators to “watch the Disneyland® Half Marathon in comfort and style as a part of an exclusive Spectator Viewing Party.” From the runDisney website: “support your runner with private spectator access inside Disneyland® Park and exclusive ChEAR gear. While you wait for your runner to return, enjoy a hot breakfast and complimentary arcade game play inside ESPN Zone® restaurant with televised racecourse viewing and access to private finish line seating.” The spectator viewing party is $79 per person (plus taxes and fees) and can be purchased through runDisney.com and Active.
The Runner’s VIP Lounge is designed to be a “weekend-long experience [to] provide you with a personalized race check-in process, as well as access to exclusive shopping, dining and entertainment offerings.” For $199 per person (plus taxes and fees), participants will receive the ability to pick up their bib and pre-purchased merchandise in a convenient location (plus, if they’re staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, their bib and pre-purchased items can be delivered to their room!), exclusive opportunities all weekend including a drawing class with a Disney animator, meet and greet with Jeff Galloway, and ESPN Zone appetizer and game card. VIP Lounge runners will also get early shopping opportunities at the runDisney Merchandise Store in the Expo on Thursday and priority access to the shop the rest of the weekend, complimentary Self-Parking at the Disneyland Hotel during the races and expo, the Disney PhotoPass Collection Package (including race photos) and a private runner’s lounge tent in the family reunion area with a variety of amenities.
The Lunch n’ Learn on Friday September 1 offers you an opportunity to learn how to cook healthy meals to fuel your run from Disney chefs at Napa Rose. From the website: “Chris Faulkner, American Culinary Federation – Certified Executive Chef, and his team will go in-depth on preparing a meal to energize you for a race, which includes a salad, entrée and dessert. After you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll enjoy the three-course lunch alongside Jeff Galloway, Olympian and official runDisney training consultant. Jeff will share his vision on proper nutrition for an active and healthy lifestyle.” This event costs $199 per person (plus taxes and fees).
In addition to these special ticket event details, the medals for the weekend have been revealed! Inspired by Disney-Pixar classics, the medals for the 5K, 10K, half, Challenge, and Kids’ Races are out of this world.
The Incredibles are featured on the Disneyland 5K medal. I’m still so excited that runDisney has gone from rubber to metal medallions for their 5Ks (even though the switch happened almost a year ago) and this medal is no exception. I think this medal, featuring the entire Incredibles family for this family-friendly 5K, will look even more amazing in person.

The Disneyland 10K this year is “hosted” by the Monsters from Monster’s Inc. The 10K medal features Mike and Sulley peering through an open door with a banner at the bottom featuring 10K in “monster-inspired” script (reminiscent of the fraternity and sorority letters in Monster’s University).

The Disneyland Half Marathon takes us to infinity and beyond this year with a Toy Story theme. Featured on the medal are Buzz, Woody and Jessie. I love the detailing on this medal too, with the ABC blocks featuring the Disneyland “D” where B should be.
Runner’s who complete the Disneyland Double Dare Challenge (running the 10K Saturday and the half Sunday) will also receive a special medal for their efforts. This medal features the iconic Luxo and his bouncing rubber ball (which spins!). It has the challenge distances on it as well (6.2, 13.1, 19.3) and commemorates the 5th anniversary of this challenge in the banner!
The Kids Race medallion features Russell and Dug from Up. Still a rubber medallion (for the children’s safety, no doubt…those runDisney medals are heavy and dangerous when swung around), this Up-inspired medal was designed to “give Wilderness Explorers a chance to win their own medallion.”
All this news in one go has me so excited to participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in less than 5 weeks! See you next week!

Author: Addie Clark

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