Good Luck to all of the runners participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend! It is “The Happiest Race on Earth!”
Here are some tips:
Be sure to print your waiver off before arriving at the expo. The waivers are available online at rundisney.com several weeks prior to the race. If you do forget to print off your waiver, no worries as there will be printers at the expo.
You must pick up your own race packet and bibs. Be sure to bring your ID and waiver to the expo. Friends and family are not allowed to pick up bibs on your behalf.
Race gear goes extremely fast. If you are eyeing a certain item, plan on getting to the expo early.
There are numerous vendors with freebies and giveaways. Browse and enjoy!
If you still have questions, the expo will have informational sessions on what to expect on race day.
Between the parking lot and making your way through everything at the expo, expect to walk quite a bit. After that, relax and make sure your legs and feet are well rested!
The night before the race
Be sure to link your bib number to your Memory Maker.
Layout your race attire and secure your bib. This saves time the morning of the race.
Try to keep as much of a normal schedule as possible.
Eat a healthy dinner at your normal dinner time.
Be sure to check out the quick service location at your resort for a boxed breakfast to purchase for the morning of the race. The quick service location will not be open prior to you heading to the bus for the race.
Set your alarm!!
Try to get plenty of sleep. I know it is hard because of all of the excitement.
Everything is close together so if you’re staying in Anaheim you can often walk to the starting line in Disneyland.
Plan time for security. You will have your bags checked. Once your bags are checked by security, you can drop them off at the bag check area. Your friends and family can hold your bags as well if you do not want to check them.
Arrange for a spot to meet your loved ones after the race. It can get very congested at the finish line.
Take pictures! There are several picture spots at the pre-race event, just before the starting line.
Be sure to enjoy the whole experience.
Don’t plan on a personal record, have lots of patience, stop and take pictures with some of the characters. Smile tons and have as much fun as possible! You will create some magical runDisney memories.
Make new friends on the course. Strike up a conversation while you are running, in line to meet a character, or waiting in your corral. You never know where this new friendship will lead you. There are so many friendly faces on the race course.
runDisney at Disneyland is very different from runDisney at Walt Disney World. The biggest difference is that you will run your entire race at Walt Disney World throughout the property. At Disneyland, you will be run several miles through the parks and then through the surrounding streets of Anaheim. The streets of Anaheim are lined with spectators to cheer you on. Unfortunately, there will not be any characters or picture spots outside of Disneyland property.
Plan Transportation. With the Disneyland races, most runners tend to stay within walking distance of the starting line. If not, you will need to arrange to drive yourself or take a cab or Uber, just be sure to plan sufficient time as street closures will lead to backups. The same goes for those staying off property at Walt Disney World races.
Have a Magical Run!
Hilarie has participated in many runDisney events and would love to help you get yours planned. Reach out to her at Hilarie@onceuponavacation.com.