This year I flew in to LAX on Thursday morning. I got to Disneyland just in time to check into the magical Disneyland Hotel and get to the expo right before it opened. I worked the entire day at the Sparkle Skirts booth, but managed to get away long enough to pick up my three bibs for the weekend.
|Check out my video of the 5k start!|
The first race of my runDisney race weekend was the Neverland 5k. This a a race through Disneyland park, and ends in California Adventure park. The Neverland 5k hand down offers the best race start of any race I have ever seen or heard of. The race starts right in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle. All of the sudden, Tinkerbell herself makes an appearance. Tink flies around the castle and starts the race! So magical!
The second race of the weekend was the Tinkerbell 10k. This race shared a start and finish line with the half marathon. The highlight of this course for me was the Haunted Mansion characters. I love, love, love seeing and getting pictures with obscure characters. I have never seen the Haunted Mansion characters before then, so that alone made the race worth doing.
The third race and main event of the weekend was the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. The course started outside of Disneyland park. We ran around the back of California Adventure park and entered the park in the Paradise Pier section. They had the "World of Color" music and lights playing. I love that show! After we got the rest of the way through CA, we ran across to Disneyland. After a run around Disneyland, we entered Downtown Disney, then on through the town of Anaheim.
The Tinkerbell Half is my favorite runDisney courses. I love running down the original Main Street USA, and past the original Disney castle that Walt himself built. Disneyland holds so much history--us Disney history nerds can't get enough. Another perk of doing a Disneyland race to us east coasters is that it does not feel as early as it actually is. Because of the three hour time difference, a 5 am race feel like it starts at 8 am to an east coaster. I am not a morning person, so I will take every hour I can get. I can't wait to get back out to Disney for Tink Half Marathon weekend 2015--with a new date of Mothers Day weekend in May.
|View of the finish line from my room!|