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Disneyland Half Marathon—The Happiest Race on Earth
See the Disneyland Resort and Anaheim as never before and be part of a unique race weekend featuring the “Happiest Race on Earth”.

Disneyland Half Marathon—The Happiest Race on Earth

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Wednesday, 3 June, 2009

The Half Marathon is becoming an increasingly popular race distance, especially for destination races. And the Disneyland Half Marathon is the premier destination event, especially when you throw in Mickey’s Main Street U.S.A. 5K, and Kids’ Races, and an outstanding Health and Fitness Expo. Yes, everyone can participate, and the Disney magic will lure you, move you, motivate you, and make for a truly exciting and enjoyable Race Weekend. It’s more than a race; it is a memorable happening!

Set your sights on September 4 through 6 for a three-day celebration of fun and fitness. There are at least six different ways to get involved with “The Happiest Race on Earth”: Run the signature half marathon or the 5K; take the kids to Mickey’s Main Street U.S.A. Kids’ Races (where better?); become a volunteer and be part of the action and support your friends and family (and the sport); enjoy the magic and the opportunity as an exhibitor; or take the premium Spectators VIP Package.

Additionally, there is a terrific “Pasta in the Park pre race dinner Saturday evening where you and the family can mingle with many Disney characters (they will also be on the half marathon and 5K courses, by the way). These are excellent races, including a new half marathon course through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and beautiful areas of Anaheim. They have planned well for you. Everything is in place to run your truly memorable race!

The warm and usually sunny weather will enhance the beauty of these courses, allow for PR times (the half marathon is nearly all flat), and runners will see a lot of Anaheim highlights on this 13.1-mile tour.

Disney and Enjoyment are Synonymous (as are Disney Races and Fun)
Could this be your destination race for September? It will be a fantasy-come-true three-day weekend for those who get in on it; Southern California beckons. Running your half marathon on this beautiful and inspiring course, at this time of year, with the endless possibilities for additional enjoyment in the region, make the decision to run the Disneyland Half Marathon an easy choice—especially when there is so much to do with the entire family or your friends. If you haven’t participated in a Disney race, get on board and join in the fun.

Three Day Affair—Don’t Miss It
The Race Weekend is a three-day event that starts on Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday afternoon. The Health and Fitness Expo begins on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and will go until 8:00 p.m., with packet and pass pickup. Disney race merchandise will be available, and will help you recall your magical weekend of running. Celebrity runners will offer their expertise in training, racing, and nutrition—along with Q and A and autograph sessions. The Expo will be held at the Disneyland Hotel and Convention Center, and will also be open on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be celebrity guest speakers at this engaging Sports and Fitness Expo, as well as children’s activities, and a few characters to make it fun for the entire family.

Mickey’s Main Street U.S.A. 5K will begin Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. with many half marathoners running with family and friends as a warm-up. Kids’ fun runs are Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m., with distances varying from 100 to 400 meters depending on age, plus the famous “Diaper Crawl” for those 12 months and under.
You can enjoy a unique “Pasta in the Park” special pre-race buffet dinner with great food, Disney characters, and more; this will be inside the theme park and is only available to participating runners and their friends and family. See the race Website for details on this and other packages, including the “Spectator VIP Package”, which offers preferred seating at the finish line.

The primary race will blast off at 6:00 a.m. (Half Marathon) on Sunday morning.
Come and stay at the Disneyland Resort for a three or four day weekend and enjoy all it has to offer. Have a great time, run a good time, and return home with great stories to tell, photos to show, and lots of wonderful memories. You can talk with runners from all over the USA, plus Mexico and Canada and beyond. It is a small world after all. Share stories and experiences with other runners from the far reaches.

Rewarding Experience
The half marathon offers a commemorative tech shirt, sure to become a keepsake, along with a unique high quality medal, personalized bibs, course and post race refreshments, and entertainment on route. Who will cheer you on? Will it be Minnie, Mickey, Donald, or Goofy out there on the course? And how many races run through a castle?

Every finisher receives a wonderful medallion for their effort, and the top three open runners and top masters in the half marathon will receive awards, as will the top five in five-year age divisions as well as military divisions for women and men. But the real reward is participation in such a wonderfully enjoyable event in a location built for family fun.

Finish Strong, Have Fun, Build Fitness and Memories
The Disneyland Half Marathon and related events will be a very special running experience. You will enjoy being part of it. Join thousands of other runners in Anaheim September 4 through 6 for a unique celebration of fun, health, and fitness. It will be a terrific competition for all with the increasingly popular half marathon distance. It will be a celebration of the sport, and unique fun with friends and family. Are you like most runners, just enjoying the miles and chasing dreams with every run? With this race some of those dreams can come true for you, for family and friends.

While at the Disneyland Resort visit the eight “lands” of nostalgia at Disneyland Park, the original Disney theme park, and enjoy some of the wonderfully enjoyable attractions, along with all that greater Anaheim has to offer. It’s a great way to see a dynamic part of California, and a great time of year to visit the Disneyland Resort. Come and join the fun! Make this the year you add some magic to your run!



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