My apologies in advance for the looooong post, I had so many great pictures it was hard to narrow them down – enjoy!
Another race and another early morning! The good thing about the runDisney events in California is that coming from east coast time the early morning wake up calls really don’t feel that bad!
A group of us met outside the Disneyland Hotel around 4:30am to head over to our corrals…
Yeah! First half marathon in corral A – it seemed so close to the start!
After a nice mile and a half warm up (and it sure was warm out!) we entered California Adventure by Paradise Pier. Jenn, Daniel, Patrick, Keith and I all started out together and we decided that because of the heat (and a lot of walking around in the parks the days before!) none of us were really running for a PR time, so we’d stop for pictures if we wanted to (or take pictures on the run!).
As we ran around the Pier we were treated to a bit of the World of Color show, which is hands down my favorite Disney show and I love getting to run by it during a race!
And right there were the green army men – LOVE them! Jenn and I had to stop for our mid-race pushup picture (a tradition we started back in January at Marathon Weekend!).
Our next stop was in Cars Land where we got a quick picture with Mater and Lightning McQueen!
And on our way out of California Adventure we thought it only appropriate to stop and thank Walt for everything (after all, we wouldn’t be running Disney if it wasn’t for him!).
We went from California Adventure straight into Disneyland where we ran down Main Street, through Tomorrowland and Toontown and then back out through the castle. Along the way I stopped to say hello to Snow White!
(Somewhere after we left the parks Daniel and I lost Jenn, Patrick & Keith so we were on our own for the rest of the race – any non-self photos taken of me are courtesy of Daniel Wanderman!)
After Angels Stadium it was pretty much a straight run for the next 3 miles to the finish…and right by the mile 13 marker we saw Jason and my mom!
Dan and I crossed the finish line, collected all our medals and found Jenn and Pat for a group shot!
After some quick pictures I ran (yes, I actually ran!) back to where my mom and Jason were to wait for my sister Christina and her boyfriend Jeff to finish – I got there just in time!
Apparently Christina couldn’t wait the extra .1 miles to cross the finish line and get her own banana because she grabbed mine on the way by, and Jeff (who came into this totally untrained) somehow looked like he hadn’t even broken a sweat.
They kept going, crossed the finish line and with that the Dumbo Double Dare was complete!
The Disneyland Half Marathon is easily one of my favorite races, I can’t recommend it enough and I really hope I’m able to continue to make it out to California for it!
In case you missed any of them here are the other posts from my Dumbo Double Dare Weekend!
**due to an issue with the timing chip on my bib I don’t currently have an official time recorded for my races this weekend, I have reached out to runDisney to work to fix this, but in the meantime I know my time was around 2:16 since I was with Daniel the entire race! Not bad considering the amount of pictures we stopped for!