runDisney has released the design for the new 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon- Light Side purses. These are the ones for the Disneyland races in January. You can preorder here. Select “registration” and then “comparative items”.
The runDisney Avengers Half Marathon was part 2 of the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge. I had ran the 10k the day before. When you run both of the races you get the extra medal for completing the “challenge”.
You can read about the 10k here. I had a head cold and wasn’t feeling super awesome. I went with a comfortable Spiderman (girl?) dress for the race. The race started at 5:30am. Out of the 4 half marathons that are ran at Disneyland, this is my least favorite course purely because you don’t get a lot of time inside the parks. It is less than 2 miles of park running. The weather this year was MUCH better than last years Avengers Half weather though.
The characters along the course were the same ones that were out at the Avengers 10k the day before. Black Widow was out first. I found Hawkeye near the exit of California Adventure . I had 5 picture on my phone of me and Hawkeye and all of them look like this. I don’t think he is looking at my face. haha
We ran out to Angel Stadium, but it is a different direction than the Disneyland Half course. You come along a trail from the opposite direction and you are on the trail for a lot longer at this race. Along the trail was a lot of cosplay people and that was awesome.
We made our way back to Disneyland for the finish line. I earned my Avengers Half Marathon medal and the additional Infinity Gauntlet Challenge medal. I always have fun at the runDisney races. It is so great to see friends. I would love to see more mileage inside the parks at this race, but still had a good time.
Did you run the Avengers Half?
I almost didn’t go. I will start by saying that. I had been traveling every weekend before this for 4 weeks. I had come down with a bad head cold and I was just going to write it off the Avengers race weekend. Driving 6 hours to Disneyland, getting up at 3:45am and running a 10k and a half marathon just didn’t sound good a couple days before the weekend. I had told friends I was coming. Well, believe it or not, it was my husband who actually talked me into it. I’m glad I did because we had a lot of fun and we got to see the Christmas Parade. My little monkey ran her kids race and got another medal and the whole family was happy. It was a win win.
Back to the Avengers 10k. I got up at 3:45am. I put on my Her Universe Thor dress and headed over to the race. The race started on time at 5:30am.
The 10k course was basically the same one as the Disneyland 10k. I really like the course. Basically the first 2 miles are outside of the park and then the last 4 are all park miles. The 10k course actually has more inside the park miles than the Avengers Half Marathon course does, just an FYI.
The last mile is exiting out through the backstage of Disneyland and running through Downtown Disney to the finish line. I had a really good time. It was great to see friends and my head cold didn’t bother me too much. I ran back to the hotel after the race to get my little monkey and head to her kids race that was at 9:00am.
The 10k is definitely the “pro” about the Avengers race weekend and the half marathon course is definitely the “con” in my opinion. The next morning I was getting up to run the Avengers Half Marathon to finish my Infinity Gauntlet Challenge.
Did you run the Avengers 10k?
There are lots of opinions and feelings about the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2015…and here is mine.
The Wine and Dine Half Marathon has always been one of my favorite courses. It is a night race and you get to run through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. My favorite part has always been running through the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. In 2014, it poured rain the entire race. You can read about that one here. This year the Florida weather was at it again.
My family and I left CA after school Friday and flew to Orlando. We landed at 1:00am. My daughter ran her 200m and 1 mile kids races starting at 10:00am Saturday. It was already a billion degrees…ok maybe about 90, but with the humidity it felt like a billion. After her races we headed to lunch and then some fun at the Magic Kingdom. We only had the one day there and wanted to make the most of it, so we went to Hollywood Studios after the sun went down to see the Osborne Lights as a family. I quickly rushed back to hotel to get ready and get on the bus for the race.
Let’s talk costume. I wanted something a little creative, so I came up with Ariel when she washed up on shore. I even ran with my dinglehopper.
I got to ESPN Wide World of Sports around 8:45pm with enough time to check my gear bag and I was about to start heading to my corral when they made an announcement that we all need to calmly evacuate into Champion Stadium at ESPNWWOS because of lightening strikes and severe weather heading straight for us. Amazingly enough all 15,000 of us calmly…but very slowly headed to the buildings. For the most part people were ok. There was a DJ inside the building I was in. We were in the buildings for about an hour total.
The race was suppose to start at 10:00pm and we didn’t get the “ok” to leave the buildings until 10:15pm. We didn’t really know what would happen. We made our way to the corrals and they announced that the course would be shortened. They said they took 6 miles off the course, which meant no Animal Kingdom. This is a bummer, but safety is most important and it was out of runDisney’s control. Florida weather isn’t my favorite and this didn’t help my feelings about it at all.
On the negative side, there were some people that were so upset by this they apparently decided to take it out on the rest of us. The course was quite congested because it had been shortened and these people who were already angry came blazing through pushing, shoving and being over all very rude. This didn’t help anything. I got shoved into a curb and almost fell. I watched this happen to more people than just myself. Being angry because of something that was out of anyones control and being an A**hole (pardon my language) about it doesn’t help the problem, it only makes it worse.
Country Bears at Mile 1.
My thoughts on next year: One of the big reasons I love this race is running through the Osborne Lights and this is their last year. Without the lights and with the past 2 years of not awesome weather I might think twice about registering again. Sad, but true.
Did you run Wind and Dine?
November is a busy month for all of of us. Now that I sit down and look at my calendar I realize I will there will be a lot of traveling.
First up is Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon to earn my Cali Combo medal this weekend. I will be at the Los Angeles Marathon booth at the expo Saturday if anyone wants to come by, say hi, and sign up for the Los Angeles Marathon.
The following weekend I head to New York for the NYC Marathon. This has been a bucket list race for me and I am so excited to finally get the chance to run it.
The weekend after NYC is the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Disney World. This is one of my favorite races. It is at night and I love the course. My family might have a conflict this weekend however, so fingers crossed I get to.
What races are you running?
Lily pointed out we haven’t had any donations lately for our fundraising campaign. She asked to make a sign. I said, “What do you want it to say?”. She replied “Happy Tuesday. Anyone want to donate?”. I thought that is pretty straight and to the point. Lol
We are still fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I am running a 5k, 10k and half marathon in February for at Princess Half Marathon Weekend and Lily will be running the 200m and 1 mile kids races. Some of you know, Lily spent the first 2 weeks of her life in the NICU of a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, being born weighing 3 lbs 15 ounces. She is now a healthy and happy 5 year old and we want to give back
Every donation counts! Thank you all so much for the support you have given us!
Early registration opens Tuesday, September 15th at 9:00am PST/ Noon EST for the Star Wars Half Marathon- The Dark Side Weekend at Walt Disney World. If you are DVC or an annual passholder at either Disneyland or Disney World you can register early starting at 9am PST. I always recommend registering as early as possible for all runDisney events because they usually sell out fast.
HERE IS A STEP BY STEP WALKTHROUGH OF FINDING THE EARLY REGISTRATION PAGE:
To register you need to log in to your DVC site or the Disneyland or Walt Disney World Passholder sites. On the Disneyland Annual Passports area, click on Disneyland News and there should be a link to the “Register Early for runDisney events”. On the Walt Disney World site go to “My Disney Experience” and scroll down to “Annual Passholders“. Once in the Annual Passholders section click on “Events and Special Offers” and you should see the runDisney early registration option.
Good luck and may the force be with you! 😉
Sunday, September 6th, 2015 was the 10th running of the Disneyland Half Marathon. I had ran the 5k and 10k the days before. It was my third very early wakeup call. The race started at 5:30am. As a lot of you know my 5 year old helps me with my race costumes and she had decided I should dress as Anna from Frozen Fever, so I did. We started out coming into California Adventure through the backstage area. I always love the fountains of World of Color being on. It is beautiful.
I love the website MousePlanet.com and they always have a huge support area at the runDisney races. They were handing out candy. I love candy from strangers.
I had a great time running my 5th Disneyland Half Marathon. I just want to add that is was also my anniversary that day. Happy anniversary to Mr. Half Crazy Mama 🙂Did you run the Disneyland Half Marathon?
I ran the Disneyland 10k as part 1 of my Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. I had run the Disneyland 5k the day before and was running the Disneyland Half Marathon the day after. My sister who is not a runner, but a huge Disney fan, registered to run the 10k with me. My goal was to have fun and get her to the finish line. Our alarm went off at 3:40am and the first thing my sister said to me was “I don’t want to do this.” I think that is a common thought one race mornings for most people right?
We decided to dress as Disneyland Railroad train conductors. We are big fans and thought that would be a fun costume. The race started at 5:30am. The first 2 miles were outside the park and then we made our way into California Adventure. I love how they have the World of Color fountains going during the races.
I am happy to report that my sister made it to the finish line with plenty of time to spare. I am very proud of her. She also told me that even though when she woke up she just wanted to go back to bed, she was so glad she didn’t. She had a great time. I loved the villains theme of the Disneyland 10k this year.
Who else ran the Disneyland 10k?
The Disneyland Half Marathon was celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary and Disneyland Park is in the midst of it’s 60th Anniversary celebration. It was a very special year to run the races Labor Day weekend. My 5 year old is my costume stylist. She always helps me pick what to wear. She has the sequin 60th anniversary Mickey and Minnie Mouse and told me I should dress up as that. How could I say no to that right? I felt a little like a big puffy cupcake and when I first put the costume on I felt like it wasn’t very flattering. I walked out and showed my daughter and her face lit up and said ” Ohhhh mama, you look BEAUTIFUL”. I decided that it might be the best costume ever after that point. That is what the runDisney races are all about for me, fun times with my family. The Disneyland 5k started at 5:30am.