||Half Marathon State # 07
Half Marathon #14
On Sunday, August 31st I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon in California. This was my 7th state completed in my 50 By 50 Challenge. With the completion of this race I am also a RunDisney Coast to Coast medal holder, which means I have completed at least a half marathon at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California in a calendar year.
Well, coming from the east coast this race was much easier to get up for. I woke up at 4am (not the typical 3am in Walt Disney World), which feels like 7am back home, so I popped up ready to go. Here at Disneyland races, the race starts right at the on property hotels, so we could walk to the Start line about 45 minutes to start time. It was awesome, no waiting on buses like in Walt Disney World.
At the race start, it was not the pomp & fireworks like at Walt Disney World. As a certified pyrotechnician, I love the fireworks for Walt Disney World starts. Not Here… The reasoning is that the non-Disney community is right next door, so they could not be shooting fireworks off for every corral start at 5:30 in the morning. That was a bummer for me. They did fire a few small red comets during the national anthem though.
It is a pretty amazing starting line.
The corrals were policed well as with all RunDisney races. I was in Corral B, so I figured we would not go until at least 5:35am. Surprise…. Corral A & B, you are going together, so get ready, and off we went. It was a little warmer and humid than I expected, so my race plan was adjusted almost immediately. It was 70 degrees and 94% humidity at the start, and I had planned to shoot for a 1:55 finish. Not happening, but I was close at a 1:58:46.
Today I completed my 7th state toward my 50 By 50 Challenge with the completion of the Disneyland Half Marathon in Anaheim, CA. In doing so, I have now created a page for California medals. Click the link to see the medals. Even though I only completed the half marathon today, the page has two medals listed. I also attained the Disney Coast to Coast Medal for finishing the half marathon at Walt Disney World in January and the Disneyland Half Marathon today. If you complete a race in both parks in a calendar year you get this medal. The better part, you don’t have to pay extra for this RunDisney race medal. I’m glad I was able to get it before that come up with this brilliant idea to charge for it too…
Stay tuned for the race recap later in the week.
Today we flew across the country for the start of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in California. We had two excellent flights on Delta from Charleston to Atlanta, and then on to Los Angeles. There was not a single issue or delay with our flights. God was looking after us. We left home about 7:25am and arrived in Los Angeles about 11:15am PST. It was like we gained more of the day, but as I write this, it is catching up with me. Our friend Sean picked us up at LAX, and after gathering our bags, we were off to Disneyland!
After stops for a quick bite to eat and some food & beverages for the room at Target, we got to our hotel. We checked into Paradise Pier Hotel about 1pm. Our room wasn’t ready so we checked our bags with Bell Services and off to the race expo we went.
Wow what a difference from Walt Disney World. As a seasoned veteran of RunDisney events at Walt Disney World, we quickly noticed our first difference. The three Disneyland hotels are within a few blocks of each other.
This weekend, with the running of the Country Music Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Nashville, TN, I have updated my 50 By 50 Challenge. This now completes my 6th state in trying to complete a half marathon in all 50 states before I turn 50 years of age. This was my 13th half marathon I have now completed. The race recap will come early next week.
I now have about four months until my next half marathon, which will be for the state of California, with Disneyland Half Marathon on August 31, 2014.
Effective with this August’s Disneyland Half Marathon, runners participating in runDisney races will now be required to pick up their own participant packet.
From the runDisney website:
“YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR OWN PARTICIPANT PACKET (WHICH INCLUDES YOUR EVENT-ISSUED BIB NUMBER AND TIMING DEVICE) DURING REGULARLY SCHEDULED HOURS. Individuals will no longer be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.”
Previously runners could complete a waiver to allow someone else to pick up their packet and bib.
The new policy will discourage the re-sale of race bibs for runDisney events, which typically sell out quickly.
Within 24 hours of opening for registration, The Disneyland Half Marathon is near a sell out. Glad I was able to get my Disney Vacation Club Member early registration last week! The Double Dare, 10K, & Kids Races are already sold out, with the Half Marathon at 99% and the 5K at 94%.
This morning I was able to do early Disney Vacation Club Member registration for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon. The race is Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 5:30 AM. This will give us a chance to tour Disneyland, to mark it off the lifetime bucket list to tour all the Disney Parks. It also allow me to mark the state of California off my 50 By 50 Challenge of doing a half marathon in all 50 states before the age of 50!