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Run Disneyland - Preparing For The Happiest Race Of Earth

Another runDisney race season is fast approaching! And if you’re a fan of running at Disneyland® Resort, this year will prove to be especially magical with the addition of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend in November, and the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in January. But we can’t forget it all starts with the Happiest Race on Earth, Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend, August 28-31.

I have such fond memories of a childhood surrounded in the magic of Disneyland®. It’s where I first believed dreams could come true and where my love for all things Disney Parks began. It’s these special memories that make the Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend my favorite event in the runDisney race series.

There are some other great reasons I love running at Disneyland® Resort, aside from the pixie-dusted memories, that may serve as great tips for you too!

  • The first four miles of this course are comprised mostly of running through the theme parks, making it a great way to encourage negative splits as you take your time through the Parks to get those coveted photos.
  • Once you’ve exited the theme parks, you hit the streets of Anaheim and are ready to open up and just run!
  • You get the opportunity to experience a slight relief in road running as you navigate the Santa Ana River Trail and varied running terrain, like soft dirt.
  • You’ll approach the Angel Stadium of Anaheim at the 15K split, in addition to the Clif Shot Station. Whether you take the Clif Shot or not, this is a great time to refuel and take in the sights of the stadium as you run the warning track of the hometown team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  
  • Exit the stadium and open it back up as you head for the finish line.                                   

The Disneyland® Half Marathon course is fast and flat with only two measurable inclines, but I have some tips to make your time on the course as enjoyable as possible.

  1. We may begin in darkness of early morning, but by the time you exit Disneyland® Park and turn east onto Ball Road, you will experience the sun in all its glory directly in your eyes. Bring sunglasses and head gear!
  2. Hydrate early! Hydrate often! Weather for this race has ranged from excessively humid, by California standards, to cool and dry, when it’s not as easy to recognize you’re in need of fluids. Stick to a sound hydration plan.
  3. Expect a high number of turns through the streets of Anaheim. I advise looking at the course map prior to race time to mentally familiarize yourself with when these turns may occur.  
  4. Be ready to embrace considerable spectator support throughout the entire course - the best I’ve seen at any runDisney event! No matter what happens out there, take in the support of these strangers ready to ChEAR you on to the finish.

I hope you find these tips helpful as you plan and prepare to runDisneyland. See you on the course!

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