Oh boy. This is a hard but awesome post to do.
I have run the Disneyland Half Marathon twice. PR’d in it twice. Proof you can indeed PR at a Disney race–so folks, don’t be afraid–it can totally be done. But I digress…that is for another post.
Today’s post is dedicated to the five things I love about Disneyland’s Half Marathon…and well, the weekend overall. It was my first runDisney experience and it’s my favourite. Wanna know why? Read below my friends!
1. Friendly time zone. Getting up for a race in Disneyland is easy-peasy if you are from anywhere east of California. Getting up at 4am is the same as me getting up at 6am to go to work on a regular work day. I woke up and was essentially ready to go and felt pretty darn good despite it being 4am. The opposite can be said for WDW…where getting up at 4 am is actually 3am for me…which means I feel like crap.
2. Location. Location. Location. Disneyland has this in spades. I can get up for the race and literally stroll out the front door of my hotel and within minutes I am at the start line. No shuttles, no parking, no line ups. Plus, the close proximity means I get to sleep that much more and it is even quicker to get back to have a shower and food post race.
3. The route. It is pretty much flat which is a great bonus and adds to your chances of PRing. It also has you running the parks for the first 5-6 miles and around mile 9, when you need a boost, you get to run through L.A. Angles baseball park. It’s not full on Disney like a race at WDW, simply because they are on City of Anaheim property rather that Disney, but I find that it makes it feel more like a road race, which I think is fun and adds a bit of challenge to it. Plus there are less ramps/free way style roads to run at DHM.
4. It’s a smaller race. It is significantly smaller than the WDW races. WDW Half Marathon for 2014 had 20, 282 finishers, whereas the Disneyland Half in 2013 had 15,872 finishers. Those extra 5,000 finishers matter in terms of room to manoeuver on the course.
5. If you decide to do the Dumbo Double Dare, the 10K route is exclusively through both California Adventure and Disneyland! It’s the most perfect route for a 10K ever. :)
Since I am not there to run this year, I wish all of those running the best of luck this weekend! Be safe, stay cool and run like the wind!