9 Things to Know about the Disneyland Half Marathon24 February 2014
Don't you worry your pretty little head! There's nothing to fear heading into the Disneyland Half Marathon--runDisney has thought of it all. But, there are a few things you should know about the Disneyland Half before you make your way to sunny California.
Complimentary shuttles pick up runners every 15-20 minutes at surrounding hotels the morning of the race. We stayed at the Hilton Anaheim and the first shuttle arrived just after 3 a.m. outside the main hotel entrance. Though, if you’re staying at the Hilton it’s quicker to walk through Downtown Disney to the start since the shuttle drop-off area is just as long of a hike to the corrals. Then again, having people to direct you from the shuttle was really helpful.
You can pick up the shuttles in the same places where they dropped off in the morning (outside Downtown Disney at the East Esplanade Shuttle Drop-Off). Though, they only depart once the race is completely finished—so, it may be faster for you to walk back to your hotel.
If you'd like a little camaraderie and consistency on race day, look for the Clif Pace Team's red and white balloons at your corral. There's no need to sign up in advance, but feel free to say hello to the pace leaders during the expo.
Smile and wave as you pass in front of the castle. This is a runDisney race. Let’s be honest, you’re not doing it for the time!
There are plenty of cameras snapping those memorable photos leading up to your finish. You’ll probably want a good one for the books!
I prepared on fairly flat terrain, and I wasn’t expecting any hills. Though, there are a few steady inclines along the course so be prepared.
The Hilton’s Mix restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat brunch special the day of the race for $23/person. Call to reserve, and ask them about how you can receive a coupon or discount for your meal. They’re willing to share.
If you visit the park after the race, enter at 4 p.m. or later and get $23 off admission! Twilight Tickets are only $72 for Disneyland or California Adventure Park, and just $99 for a park hopper pass. The tickets must be ordered at least one day in advance. So, run the race, take some photos, eat some breakfast, shower, nap and head to the park for a steal of a deal.