May 20, 2015

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Race Recap

It felt like groundhog day when the alarm went off on Sunday at 4:15 and we arose for another early race morning.  After a very busy day Saturday, it was a little tougher to be motivated to run on Sunday!  We quickly got dressed, had something to eat and headed to the race start, the same place where we started the 10k on Saturday.
Ready to complete the Pixie Dust Challenge

It was slightly warmer on Sunday, but a throwaway was still necessary.  My Delta blanket kept us warm in the corral as we waited a short time again for the race start. The announcers were lively and Daisy Duck was absolutely hilarious, wiggling her tail and causing the crowd to laugh out loud.  She was super cute and definitely stole the show from Minnie!

Soon the national anthem played, fireworks were lit and we were starting the half marathon.  The race plan was to finish around 2:03-2:05.  My secret goal was still in the plans and if I could finish around this time, I would have a chance at another age group award.  Christine and I planned to run this together, but would not be stopping for photos.  While some people think you should always stop during Disney races to "get your money's worth", we prefer character photos at the parks with our medals after the race.

Pre race. The girls behind us were dressed up so cute!

Instead of boring you (and me) with a mile by mile recap, I thought including highs and lows from the race would be best.  The  course itself it similar to the 10k except the additional 6.9 miles that weave through Anaheim.

Highs:

*  Running through the Disneyland Parks is one of the best parts of the race.  When you run behind the scenes, it is fun to see extra equipment and in my case, I saw an extra train car for the Casey Junior Circus train ride. There were at least two other single ride vehicles, but they are escaping my memory at the moment.

*  The characters in the parks were not busy at all and if we had wanted to stop, there were many opportunities where there was no line or just one or two runners in line.  We both were wondering if this is a phenomenon of the California races because we have never seen so few people that wanted to stop for photos during a runDisney race.

*  Volunteers on the course were fabulous.  They were always ready during the water stops and we never wasted a second of time waiting for water or Powerade.  We tried our best to thank them too!  The maintenance staff for the parks were out cheering and they were amazing and probably the loudest group within the parks.

*  The red hat ladies were the absolute best part of the race.  I screamed to them several times that I was old enough to be in their group!  They were unbelievably supportive, cheering and offering support to every runner who passed by them.  And their group was by far the largest I have ever seen at any race.

Lows:

*  I got a little bored during one long stretch in Anaheim, probably between miles 9 and 11 on Harbor and Anaheim Boulevards.  There are numerous streets you run through the city, but it seemed that these areas  had very few people and not much to keep you entertained!

*  Christine was still having knee trouble but was an absolute trooper to keep me going and help me finish.  This was not an easy day for either of us, me being tired and she having trouble from a high school knee injury.

The finish line was a very welcome sight as both Christine and I were getting hot and tired.  We pushed to the finish and my time of 2:04.36, was good enough for another 2nd place finish in my age group.  Excited and happy, we showered quickly so we could go celebrate another race and our Pixie Dust Challenge finish.


Happy finishers!



Tinkerbell, Pixie Dust Challenge and Tink medals!

Celebrating at World Of Color in California Adventure after a lovely dinner at Carthay Circle!





Have you run Disney races on both coasts?  If so, which is your favorite?



46 comments:

  1. Awesome, Pam! Your awards keep racking up...that's great! Congrats to you and Christine on another great race! :) My favorite races are the WDW kind. I loved DL but I agree, the streets of Anaheim got a little boring. Congrats again!

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    1. Karen I am such a control freak that I enjoy no bus transportation once I arrive at Disneyland.

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  2. Sounds like such a fun race! I want to run in Disneyland one day! Congrats on the age group award Pam! Wow! And I LOVE those skirts!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy, we love the Lululemon skirts!

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  3. I didn't mind running on the streets in Anaheim. I thought the crowd support was amazing. I didn't realize those Tinkerbell signs that said "Shhh, neighbors sleeping" were for us! I thought that was odd. Also, did you happen to see the guy right after mile one ( up on the overpass), that looked like he had a fake bib? We has standing on the sidewalk looking as if he was waiting to jump in and run with someone.
    Regardless of your struggles you both had a great race. Congrats on another AG award. Pretty soon you'll have a full shelf!

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    1. I totally missed the signs that people were sleeping. And I also missed the guy with the fake bib. I wonder if he was out when we ran by?

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    2. I saw fake bin man near mile 1.5 ish. He was looking way too obvious even though he was trying not to be.

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  4. Congrats on the age group awards, that's awesome! It's so funny that there weren't lines for the character photos because from what I hear of the Disney World races, the lines are almost always long. And I'm thinking of not stopping for photos during the Wine and Dine half either. I figure the sooner I finish, the more time I'll have at the after party!

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    1. Good plan Chiatali. The after party is worth the speedier effort and it's hard to get photos at night anyway.

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  5. I haven't done a west coast race yet. It sounds awesome. I love the medals and congratulations on a wonderful finish time. How cool to get another 2nd place award!

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    1. Thanks so much. The west coast Disney races are really fun!

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  6. The lack of people waiting for pictures probably had to do with your speed and the corral you started in. There are times the lines get pretty long. I think there are also a lot of people who've done this race since the beginning and they seem to trot out the same characters all the time, so many folks may have just decided they didn't need yet another picture. I'm glad you had a good time!

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    1. Oh I never thought that the characters would not change from year to year, although they do have the same ones at Princess too.

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  7. Congrats on yet another AG award, Pam! We have yet to do a Disneyland race (mainly because the dates never work with my school calendar), but I'm hopeful that sometime in the near future that we'll be able to get our Coast to Coast!

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    1. I forgot that the dates would not really work for teachers. The DL Half/Dumbo Challenge weekend is really fun and the medals are awesome!

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  8. I think the courses at Disneyland are way better then the courses at WDW. The Princess & Donald course is SOOO boring to be. Especially since they are only one month apart and are the same exact course. I also feel that there is a lot more course entertainment at the Disneyland races between the cheerleaders and bands. The Disneyland Half has the most entertainment in my opinion. I also like that all four Disneyland races have a different course.

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    1. I had no idea all the CA halves had a different course. Yes, the Princess course is not that interesting but we go back since it was our first half.

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    2. Yes all four are different. I can understand your reasons for doing Princess again. I am legacy with the DL half. I would never consider giving that up.

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    3. Legacy for DL half is great. I assume you live in CA!

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  9. Congrats ladies!! I totally agree about the low parts of the race. I also miss my finisher box of goodies when I was done!

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    1. Evidently there was an expired item in the food boxes, so they had to take them apart and just hand out items when we finished the half marathon.

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    1. Thanks Jill. It was a great weekend!

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  11. Love the medals! I so with they would have had the challenge last year when I ran. The red hat ladies were one of my favorites, too! It was COLD when I ran last year in January and they were still out in force!

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    1. I am not a fan of the PDC medal, but the other two are really nice.

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  12. Congrats on placing!
    Short lines were definitely due to corral placement and speediness. I started from D and ran my slowest half ever, stopping for every scenic shot and a few characters.(1st trip to DL. little excited lol) Tink's line must've been 50 runners long by the time I got there. This is why I need to get faster!

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    1. So glad you got so many photos Stacey. I ran Princess 2014 and got every character pic. It was fun!

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  13. congrats on another AG award! I definitely the lack of lines were from being in corral A. This was my first DL race I was corral A and the lines were amazing! I was able to stop for 12 photo stops in the park (including Tink which was less than 5 minutes!!!), 2 bathroom stops and other selfies and it only added 20 minutes to my time which is incredible. I know there were people in corral B and C that waited just 20 min for tink alone!

    i think the tink course is the most boring one they after (after the park of course. the most park time!) because there were very few cheerleaders, bands, dance groups, etc out like there are for the DL half, and the cosplayers for star wars and avengers are beyond amazing

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    1. Wow, you must have run quickly between the character stops . That is great you were only off your time by 20 minutes.

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  14. 2nd place?! That is so awesome, congratulations! I love your costumes, too cute!

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    1. Thanks so much. It was a really fun weekend.

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  15. Looks like fun! Congrats on second place!!

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  16. Great job on the 2nd place!! And I love your medals, skirts and shirts! :)

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    1. Thanks Hailey, we had a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Congratulations! I can't even imagine what it would feel like to "place" in a race this size. And you did it for both races!!!

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    1. Thanks Elaine. I have worked really hard the last year trying to improve my running speed!

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  18. You girls are adorable. Ok, i seriously need to get me some Disney bling!

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  19. Awesome recap, and sounds like you guys had a great race! Congratulations on placing, that's amazing!

    I LOVE the bling for this race -- I still have yet to do Tink, but I've done the DL Half/Dumbo twice. And , I gotta say, there is no competition when it comes to running Disney on the East vs. West coasts. I can't get enough of running at The World, but that long, boring Anaheim stretch of the race in DL kills me every time, haha.

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  20. I know I say this all of the time, but you guys are just too adorable. Love your pictures!

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    1. Oh! And congrats on your placing! That's awesome!

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    2. Thanks Jamie. I love winning age group awards at the Disney races!

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  21. GREAT recap!
    I just have to say, those race outfits are awesome, I love them! I would totally run in an outfit like that in races, so cute!
    I really need to get into this running skirt thing, they are just getting cuter and cuter!
    So sorry about Christines knee trouble! But other than that sounds like you guys had an incredible trip and such a fun race weekend and some great memories to take home too! Great job girls!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristy. It was a super fun weekend.

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  22. Congrats on another challenge and an AG award. Do you prefer Disneyland races over Disneyworld? Or vice versa?

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  23. I prefer the races in CA since you do not have to depend on buses or any transportation to get you to the race start. You actually sleep a little longer and walk to the start!

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