With the 2nd annual Tinkerbell Half Marathon just a few days away, I realized I never completed my Disneyland Half Marathon race recap. I have to say, the Disneyland Half Marathon is my FAVORITE race of the year. Not only does it hold a special place in my heart for being my very first half marathon (recap of the 2009 race here), it is the most well organized, entertaining, and best race course of the year. If you’re a runner (and even if you’re not), the Disneyland Half Marathon should be on your “bucket list”. This year, the new highlights of the course were running through the new, neon-lit Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure Park and the miles of course lined with amazing classic cars and muscle cars. Of course, the “old” highlights were still there too: running through the castle and Angels Stadium amid the cheers of cute boy scouts and girl scouts. Having something interesting to look at and loads of cheering fans, really helps the miles pass by quickly. I promise you, RunDisney knows this better than any other race organizer.
Of course, one of the best parts of the race is coming up with a race costume for Elise, Kelly and I (incorporating our Team Sparkle skirts of course). Kelly’s idea to be Fireside Girls from the cartoon Phineas and Ferb was brilliant. We regularly got mistaken along the course for plain, old Girl Scouts, but for those fans who knew, they really knew and they let us know. And you wouldn’t believe how comfortable it is to run in a beret.
You can’t run a Disney race and not get the very best race bling. This year, my goal is to complete the “Coast to Coast” challenge so I can add one more medal to my wall of Disney bling.
And you can’t run every Disney race without picking up a few new friends along the way. Check out Joe Taracani’s The Marathon Show and be inspired and entertained by his enthusiasm for marathons!
The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon brought me a Disneyland course PR which I was happy to take.
611th out of 14,829 runners
35th in my division of 1,647