Disneyland Half Marathon Report – Part 2
We left off Part 1 of the Disneyland Half Marathon Report as the race hit the mean streets of Anaheim. I was dreading this portion of the course, which I assumed would be boring at best and depressing at worst. During the Walt Disney World Marathon, I found entering the parks or cool areas of Walt Disney World gave me a shot in the arm, as I thought about what I was passing, rather than the run itself, making those miles pass quickly.
By contrast, the Disneyland Half Marathon course was front loaded, with the “motivation” of the parks happening when such motivation wasn’t really needed. It was needed (for me at least) right about the time the running through the parks ended. I thought my fears were confirmed after about a half mile of nothingness outside of the parks, and I really felt myself slowing down.
Then, suddenly, we entered a sea of classic cars that stretched on for about a mile. Maybe more. I assume these were members of a SoCal classic car club, and there were a ton of people and their cars present.
If I had to guess, I would say there were over one thousand classic cars on display on the sides of the course (that number might be high). Now, I’m not much of a car guy, but I do appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of classic American automobiles.
Equally as important, I appreciate when people–anyone–take the time out of their day to come support runners. These mostly older folks could have been spending their Sunday mornings cruising the Pacific Coast Highway, but instead they had parked their cars along the side of the road in Anaheim and were sitting in lawn chairs in the sun, cheering on random strangers as they ran.
I got a bit sappy in the last installment, and I’m going to do the same here. It might sound crazy, but experiencing the enthusiasm of the volunteers, bands, cheer squads, and other people who come out to hold signs, pass out foods, etc. is really something else.
If ever you need your faith in humanity restored, run one of these events. The genuine kindness and encouragement these spectators and volunteers provide is both reassuring and motivating.
There are literally thousands of people from all walks of life–from Boy Scout troops to Folklorico dancers to American muscle owners to cheerleaders and even Storm Troopers–who get up in the middle of the night to come out and provide support to the runners, and every one of them seems happy to be there. Setting aside however I may feel about runDisney soliciting unpaid Cast Member volunteers, these volunteers always look–to me at least–like they are enjoying themselves.
This enthusiasm rubs off on me, and I honestly feel badly if I walk past them. I know, that probably sounds crazy, but I feel like if they have taken the time and energy to be there to provide support, I am obliged to hold up my end of the bargain, and try to actually run…at least as I pass them.
Moving back to the actual race, during this portion of the course, I passed Mile 5.
Then Mile 6.
I seem to have missed photographing the Mile 7 marker. I hope you aren’t too upset about missing out on an exciting photo of a sign that looks almost identical to the rest.
After finishing the classic car stretch of the race, we headed past the Honda Center (home of the Anaheim MIGHTY Ducks), and then a dirt flood control channel.
Normally, I get pumped to see a flood control channel because it might have been a filming location for Terminator 2, which everyone knows is one of the great masterpieces of American cinema. However, this dirt one was not so exciting.
Suddenly, I was tiring again.
After a stretch of this, it was on to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. (Seriously, LA, you have so much…why do you need to lay claim to a team outside of your city?)
We went inside Angel Stadium, and there were a ton of people in the stands! This was another awesome little stretch, and totally took my mind off of being tired.
After leaving the stadium, it was pretty much ordinary Anaheim until arriving back in the Disneyland Resort area.
However, the energy of the stadium had gotten me pumped and that energy carried me until at least Mile 10.
The trolling game of these signs is strong.
At this point, I realized I was in the home stretch, and my per mile time actually started improving.
For the last third of the Disneyland Half Marathon, my per mile time was 9:49. I know that’s not a great time for serious runners, but I was pretty pleased.
I have noticed a few “Run on Plants” shirts at the two runDisney events I’ve done this year, and that’s cool for those who are into that sort of thing, but this dude is part of the team I really want to join!
The last mile was my fastest mile of the race. At around Mile 10, I had started trying to do the math in my head, and thought a sub-two hour time was in the realm of possibilities. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the types of gear that runners normally carry, like a race watch, fanny pack, or even a running shirt (since it’s a faux pas to wear the shirt of the event you’re running, this left my only options as a black athletic shirt from the Tower of Terror 10-Miler, a black long sleeve Walt Disney World Marathon shirt, or a cotton In-N-Out shirt…since I’ve joked about being on Team In-N-Out Burger, I opted for the last choice).
Due to my lack of a watch, I didn’t know when I started the race, or my current pace. Due to my lack of fanny pack, I had left my car keys in the car, and held onto my phone (which actually suffered damage as a result and now doesn’t work!) and camera the entire race. I actually rectified the fanny pack problem yesterday when I saw this one on sale for $10, but I still need a race watch (any recommendations?).
Approaching the finish line, I was actually a bit disappointed that it was all over. Mind you, I wasn’t wanting to run a full marathon or anything that morning, but I wouldn’t have complained about a couple more miles in the Disneyland Resort area.
I ended up finishing with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes. If you told me this was the time I’d get before I started the race, I would have been pretty happy. Based on my (apparently inaccurate) calculations during the race, I thought I was going to finish at around 1:58, so I was slightly bummed out. Still, it was a solid improvement from my Walt Disney World Marathon pace, meaning that only a few weeks of actual training had paid off.
In the post-race area, there was entertainment and some random tents set up for various things, but there was no merchandise tent, like there was at the Walt Disney World Marathon. This was really disappointing to me, as I thought several of the merchandise designs were awesome, including the “I Did It!” shirt.
Rant time: it bugs me that these “I Did It!” shirts are sold at all before the race takes place. To me, actually “doing it” entitles you to purchase such a shirt. Personally, I would never purchase something celebrating an accomplishment that I haven’t yet accomplished, but to each their own.
With that said, it downright makes me angry that there was no possible way to purchase this shirt after actually accomplishing the thing the shirt celebrates having accomplished. I understand Disney is all about the $$$, but why not set aside some of these shirts for the people who won’t buy this pre-race on principle? I know I can’t be alone in this sentiment, and I probably would have purchased other things post-race, too. (Like the Coast-to-Coast shirt, which I also wouldn’t buy prior to actually completing the challenge.) I don’t think I’m being unreasonable here (am I?), and runDisney could probably sell more shirts total if they offered more post-race.
I was hoping to meet up with some friends post-race, but with my iPhone having a giant black ink blotch on the screen and barely working, I wasn’t able to send them a coherent message. So, I just headed to Disneyland by myself for some photos with my medals in various spots.
These self-indulgent shots speak for themselves, so I’m going to share some concluding thoughts and look forward to what’s next in between the photos…
Overall, I really enjoyed the Disneyland Half Marathon, and thought runDisney put on yet another exceptional event. Quibbles about the merchandise aside, in each of the 3 events I’ve done, runDisney has demonstrated it is one of the most well-organized and efficient units within The Walt Disney Company. Maybe part of my opinion is colored by having just experienced the other end of the spectrum at the D23 Expo (seriously, runDisney needs to send some people over to D23 to show them how it’s done), but I am continually impressed by how runDisney handles such large groups. Huge kudos for that.
Not only was the Disneyland Half Marathon efficient and well-organized, but it demonstrated that the organizers really know how to make lemonade out of lemons in terms of an enjoyable course in the city of Anaheim (I’d actually love to see a Disneyland full marathon that takes runners out to Seal Beach and along the Pacific Coast Highway and back). In fact, I would go as far as to say that this stretch was superior to the non-park portion of the course during the Walt Disney World Marathon! The team that organized the entertainment for this stretch of the course deserves tremendous accolades.
Due to the amount of fun I had during this event, I now find myself hyped for future runDisney events, and am seriously considering registering for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon when it opens up. If runDisney can make Anaheim interesting, surely they can do the same for the Walt Disney Studios Park (eh, wishful thinking) and beet fields of Marne-la-Vallee, France!
I think it would be cool to do an inaugural race and I’m fascinated by the thought of seeing so many Americans in Disneyland Paris. I think it’ll be an interesting dynamic, both in terms of how Parisians react to the influx of Americans, and how the Americans visiting Europe for the first time react to a park that is very different in terms of Cast Members and other guests. (Don’t expect anyone to feign interest in how “magical” your day is.)
Most importantly, if running through Sleeping Beauty Castle gives me goosebumps, running through Le ChÃ¢teau de la Belle au Bois Dormant will cause me to…I don’t even know what. Plus, seeing Disneyland Paris for the Halloween season will be fun, and…and…I’m sure I can come up with other excuses to sign up as the date draws nearer. (Anyone else thinking about doing the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon?)
In the more immediate future, earlier this summer I signed up for the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in January on a whim. My legs felt sore the day after the Disneyland Half Marathon–not so sore that I couldn’t walk, but sore enough that I know I could not have run a full marathon.
This means that I, without a doubt, actually have to do serious training. Not, “oh shoot, the event is 3 weeks away, time to start running” training, but dedicated training, starting now. It’s probably a good idea to have a regular exercise plan, regardless.
My plan to make myself more accountable and committed to doing this is to weave various runDisney posts into my rotation here on the blog. Now that I have a few races under my belt, I think I have some insight into how this all works, so I might be able to help beginners and simultaneously keep myself enthused about the Walt Disney World Marathon in January.
(While I may not have won the Disneyland Half Marathon, note that my Astro Blasters score afterwards was #5 for the day!)
About what I’ll write, I’m not sure (have any suggestions or questions I could answer?), but I think this is a sound plan. This is also where your obligation arises, in that I expect one of you to post a comment (comment being singular–I don’t need 20 of you pestering me about this) asking how my training is going in each of these posts to help keep me “honest” in my training. Seems like a good plan now…we shall see how it works!
As for these last few photos, the below one is special to me, as it shows how my goat homies at Disneyland’s Goat Galaxy reacted to my news that I had completed the Half Marathon.
Sadly, these guys won’t be around next year to help celebrate.
I won’t end on that downer, though. The day before the Disneyland Half Marathon, I joked about having a post-race meet-up at In-N-Out Burger. Well, no one else showed up to my meet-up, but I ate two Animal Style Double Doubles, so I consider it a resounding success (in case you didn’t know, I absolutely love In-N-Out Burger). The above photo isn’t the greatest, but In-N-Out was packed, and I already felt awkward taking a selfie with burgers while wearing medals and an In-N-Out shirt, so I wasn’t going to redo it.
Next year, I think I might actually try to organize an actual meet-up (you know, with other people). I already have a name for it: “Disneyland Half Marathon Double Double Meat-Up.” My pun game is about as strong as Disney California Adventure 1.0…
See you all there! 😉
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Congrats Tom! You’ve inspired me! Thanks for the updates, as usual I get such a kick out of reading your posts. I always look forward to your newest blog post appearing in my feed!
I wanted to go to your in n out meat up, but sadly I was working the race 🙁 Hopefully next time!
Don’t worry–next year’s “Meat-Up” will be bigger and better. If I have my way, there will be a band of chimpanzees playing classic Led Zeppelin songs and unlimited Neapolitan shakes at the In-N-Out. (Somehow add a lazy river to the mix and this is my vision of bliss.)
I almost bought an “I did it” short prior to the race at the expo. When I was in line, the lady in front of me said she bought one and broke her ankle later that day at the Star Wars Race in January. She was sure that the shirts were a curse and who was I to tempt Murphy’s Law. I put the shirt back. RunDisney usually sends out surveys to their runners about a month after the race, so make note of anything you would like to share with them. I am planning to run the Disneyland Half in Paris, assuming that the cost is only mildly exorbitant! Finally, the volunteers are amazing and Disneyland rewards them with a park hopper ticket for their service if they officially sign up as race entertainment. Other, smaller support tents are truly doing it for the love of the sport.
I don’t believe in curses, jinxes, or anything like that. For me, it’s that there is no such thing as a sure thing, which is why you run the race in the first place. No amount of fitness, training, or preparation guarantees that you’ll finish. You could roll your ankle at Mile 1 and never make it past that.
Good to know that the volunteers are given something for their work.
Congratulations Tom! You look so happy.
Since I’m not allowed to run (or walk) any size marathon, I’ve decided to live vicariously through yours. I know, for the next run, you will have more than three weeks training under your belt, because you said so, and because now you’ve got that “marathon bug thing” going on. You know, the endorphins buzzing around in the brain. Wear your medals with pride. You earned them.
As a certified “Science Expert,” I know all about these endorphins that buzz around in the brain after catching this “Marathon Bug” of which you speak. They actually look like little flies, except they are not annoying at all. Scientifically speaking, of course. 😉
I’ve participated in 2 Tink half marathons and will be doing Wine & Dine in Nov. Love rundisney! Just FYI about the ‘I did it’ shirts: Disney will put them on disneystore.com for a limited time (a week or two only) after each event weekend. I just checked and nothing is up yet for the Disneyland 1/2 weekend but they always sell them. I’m like you, I haven’t earned the shirt and I don’t want to jinx myself.
Ohhh, that’s great to know about the runDisney shirts! Hopefully I can snag the Coast to Coast shirt, too. I mean, might as well if I have to pay for shipping anyway, right?! 😉
I love your blog and your honest opinions about all things Disney. I ran my first tinker bell race in 2014 and it was my first trip to Disneyland. I was really disappointed when the I did it shirts were all sold out. But one of the Facebook groups for run Disney said they Disney store online was selling them after the race. I was able to purchase my tinker bell I did it shirt that way. You might check if you could get yours that way as well! Good luck!
Awesome, thanks for the tip!
As I said on your last post, I ran this! I have to say, doing the 5k and 10k before, plus park time was probably the death sentance to my half marathon time (Not that I am all that fast, fastest half was around the 2 hour 38 minute mark), it was agonizing, but delightful fun to do! The course was more fun and had more characters (that I didn’t take pictures with) than the Avengers half last year, and I was lucky enough to get into corral D!
This is my last Disney race until they announce a Japan race (When I will be doing one in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disney Japan!!!!) so I’m happy that I managed to trudge over the finish line and have a good time.
Regarding the merchandise sadness, I also feel like it isn’t right to buy the “I did it!” shirt before I actually do the thing, but for Coast to Coast I’ll be buying one, because it’s a big deal, and mostly because I won’t really get a chance to do another one.
Also, yay happy goats! My best goat buddies Lock and Barrel were also excited, and I got hoofy-high-fives as a reward. I feel special, I truly do (And am happy to know that all of the goats, and cows of the jamboree will be getting loving homes! It’s a shame I cant put in an application!)
I think the tough thing with regard to characters and the Disneyland races is that they can’t or won’t have characters outside of Disneyland Resort for character integrity and/or liability reasons. I know a lot of people running the events really enjoy seeing the characters, so this is too bad. Personally, I far prefer the entertainment that can be enjoyed by all as you’re running past (namely bands), but to each their own.
I think you’ll be waiting a while before you see a runDisney event beyond Paris. I suspect the motivation for having one there is seeing just how well it travels, and if it might be able to help give Paris a needed shot in the arm. If this event is a success (my bet is that it will be), I’ll be within 3 years there are 3-4 runDisney events in Paris each year. Not only do Tokyo’s parks not need a shot in the arm, but Disney doesn’t own them.
Nice to hear you got see the goats post-race, too! 🙂
As a dedicated non-runner, why is it a faux pas to wear the event shirt at the event?
I’d be curious for a second opinion but I have run several races and I see people wearing that event shirt all the time. But I do prefer to see other event shirts as it is fun to see who has run the same races as you or you can ask about a particular event.
It’s the humble brag. Showing off your experience and avoiding looking like a n00b (as children say). If you’ve been working out and training, you’d have more tech shirts than the one you were just given. It would be like buying one of those “I heart NY” shirts from a street vendor and wearing it into Times Square.
“Oh this old shirt? Is no big deal, just from when I ran a bazillion mile race many years ago. I forgot I even had it on.”
Though, if more hipsters ran, it would become the ironic, trendy thing to do
I agree with what some of what Keith is saying, but I don’t think it’s mean to be quite that snooty. How it was described to me (because I didn’t realize this and made the mistake during my first runDisney event) is simply that you earn the right to wear the shirt for an event when you’ve completed the event, with the corollary along the lines of Keith’s NY shirt point.
If you do a Google search on this, there are tons of results discussing race etiquette, and all say pretty much the same thing. Personally, I think this is all kind of silly, but I know it is a big thing in the running community, so on that alone, it’s not something I’d do (again).
Yikes, I didn’t mean to sound snooty. I apologize if I came off that way. If anything, experienced runners should recognize that those people wearing the current race’s shirt might be inexperienced and provide encouragement and support to welcome them to, what should be, a positive community.
There’s a certain irony in people judging you for wearing the race shirt yet they’ll happily buy the finishers shirt before the race.
I would hazard a guess that the ones judging people for wearing a race shirt are not the ones buying the finisher’s shirt before they’ve finished. The vibe I get is that there’s a running community with its own, more strict code of conduct (so to speak), and then there’s the runDisney community, with a much more lax attitude about things.
Also, I don’t have a running watch, I use a free app on my phone and I love my fitbit (which I wouldn’t consider a running watch as mine does not have GPS) the combo of the two works great for me.
You missed mile 7? But it’s a beautiful name for a boy or a girl. Especially a girl. Or a boy.
I recently bought the running buddy on Amazon, I like it better than a belt personally, and I plan on using it at the parks too since I hate carrying things.
I started running recently, doing a (non-Disney related) 5k in 3 weeks. I would appreciate more runDisney posts, maybe it’ll help motivate me to keep it up and sign up for a 10k.
I like the idea of the magnet attachment on that, but I like the sleek look of the pack I got. If the strap ends up bothering me, I might check out that pouch, though. Thanks for the tip!
I’m glad you have caught the running bug! I’ve just started running half marathons and I am now addicted! I’d love to see more posts about the races (Including a picture of the D&B bag! ) I am not a physical therapist but I read in another post that your wife’s hips hurt after the race (I read most of the popular run disney blogs!) From personal experience that is really common for when you first start to run as many people’s IT bands are weak. My physical therapist gave me exercises to do that have really helped me. Might be something worth looking into if she enjoys the races.
Interesting info about the hips. She also didn’t especially like running the event, so I think regardless, it’s not something she would do. I’m not about to fight her on that, as these things are already expensive enough with only one of us running! 😉
. Very true. My fiance doesn’t like the races either but he will go on the trips with me and he is very supportive so it is a win-win for me (I don’t have to pay Disney Money twice and he doesn’t complain about my spending it the first time).
I swore I was only going to start running in order to do one runDisney 5K with some friends (that was the Frozen 5K in Feb). I’ve since signed up for the Inaugural Captain America 10K (though I may have to defer…I have a few more weeks to give my foot some time to heal), and hope to get into the new Star Wars 10K at WDW. Reading this, I’m even more up for the possibility of doing a half marathon. Please stop the temptations. I’m afraid if I keep running, I might start becoming healthy.
Becoming healthy?! I have just the cure for that: more burgers!
Congrats on the great finish, Tom! Both my parents ran the half marathon too! Our first runDisney event was this past January, when my parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by completing Dopey’s Challenge together and bribed my sister and I with the trip to WDW if we would run the 10K with them. It’s not just you, having now run several other non-Disney halfs, there is something incredibly cool and special about a runDisney race that makes running even obscene distances seem vaguely enjoyable. And considering my dad destroyed their camera running the 10K Saturday (sounds like bringing electronics with you on a hot run in CA was an all-around bad decision for everyone!), I’m appreciative even for your running selfies so I can see the course. We’re starting to seriously contemplate running the half in Paris next year too, and since we’ve never vacationed there before, your trip report from Disneyland Paris has been a huge help for us. Would definitely love to hear if you decide to go for it or not!
Dang, definitely not a good race for electronics. Hopefully he was able to get some photos off the memory card, at least.
As for Paris, it’s definitely a place to research and understand prior to visiting. I absolutely love France, but I understand the culture, try to blend into it, and accept it for what it is. I know many Disney fans who have gone and expected things to be exactly like what they are used to in the US, and have come back disappointed.
Thanks for the advice! Both my dad and I have spent some time over in Europe and in France with travel for our jobs, but that cultural difference and applying it to a place that has the Disney name attached and our therefore huge expectations that come with that is probably the piece I’m the most worried about. Your Disneyland Paris trip reports and information here are a fantastic resource, definitely something I’m making everyone sit down and read before we decide to go anywhere!
Tom, I totally agree with your thoughts about the “I did it” shirts! I did the Wine & Dine 1/2 in 2011 and it was my first half marathon. I didn’t want to jinx myself buying the shirt before the race. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t buy the shirt after the race. The next day I saw so many people with their “I did it” shirts on and I wanted one so bad! I’m planning on running the Disneyland 1/2 and the Wine & Dine in 2016 to get the coast to coast medal. Would love to attend a double double meat up after the DL race! Love, love, love your blog! Keep up the great work.
Maybe I will start making my own “I Did It” shirts and selling them on the blog. It seems like the demand is there, and I do have some spare white t-shirts and a Sharpie!
I’d like to buy one of your homemade shirts. I’m not planning on running or anything though…
I’m seriously considering the Disney Paris RunDisney event. I’m a fairly fit person, but never done much running, and am currently struggling slightly with a foot injury, so I’m really hoping they’ll do a 10K as well as the half marathon! Bit scared of getting swept for being to slow otherwise!
I wouldn’t worry about being swept, the time limit they set is very generous (Though they may change it for Paris, but I think its doubtful) You have to maintain a 16 minute mile pace, and there are many people that end up walking most of it (I did for the Disneyalnd half due to a monst blister that basically ate my toe)
As someone who isn’t as fit as they like, I’d say do the half! It’s delightful, though challenging, and the pride and sense of accomplishment that come after finishing is incredible.
I loved the 10k this year too, I have to admit, so honestly you can’t go wrong!
I’ll echo that sentiment: I think you’re safe doing the half.
Brilliant! Thanks for that advice, looking forward to taking part.
I am signed up for Wine and Dine (November), Dopey (January), Princess Glass Slipper Challenge (February), and Tinkerbell Pixie Dust Challenge (May). I am hoping to sign up for the new Star Wars race at WDW as well! By the way, when I participate in Tinkerbell in May, it will be our very first trip to Disneyland, so I will be relying heavily on your trip planning resources. I’m super-excited to get to visit during the 60th anniversary celebration (hopefully it will still be going on then). I have become so addicted to runDisney events that I am not going to rule out registering for Paris (that would be another first trip for me)! I am so glad to hear that you are going to dedicate yourself to a serious training plan for Dopey. While a fit person can finish a half marathon or even a full marathon without adequate training, Dopey is a different animal altogether.
How did you break your phone during the race? Was it just from gripping it so hard? I’m curious because I hold my phone when I’m running all the time and use the iSmoothRun app to track everything (distance, map, pace, time, etc). I’m looking at getting a watch and have decided on the Garmin Forerunner 220. There is a 620 version with more advanced features and heart rate monitor, but the 220 seems fine for what I need. You might want to look into that as an option.
If you are going to start regular training and want to stay accountable, maybe look into a social site like DailyMile. It’s an easy way to follow your friends runs and keep track of your past runs. There is already a group of us on there if you decide to signup.
We’ll see you in January!
A bit more backstory on the phone: while in Japan, it got wet from rain, and had a slight green discoloration on an area of the screen already from that. It also had been freezing from time to time as a result. I don’t know what happened during the marathon: if it was my grip, sweat, or what, but it developed a huge black ink splotch where the green had previously been. Following that, it would randomly open apps, sometimes type on its own, and just generally cause chaos (it sent Adam Burke a few gibberish texts!). Yesterday, it died completely. In other words, I doubt it’s anything that was caused by the race…the race was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Thanks for the suggestions on both the Garmin and DailyMile–I’ll check into both. Hope you, Katie, and the baby are doing well! 🙂
Ah, that makes more sense. My phone is barely alive and has suffered two screen breaks, a fall into water in Maui, covered in water from a wave in Maui when I left it on the beach and multiple falls on the ground. I am hoping to get just a few more weeks out of it at this point and get the new version. It also has the same issues with randomly opening apps and typing that you are having.
This was my second half marathon at Disneyland (my husband and I did the inaugural Star Wars Rebel Challenge in January) and agree that there is something special about these races. The spectators, the excitement, the fellow runners and the costumes are just awesome. I think my husband liked the classic cars even more that running through the park. Can’t wait for the Avengers Infinity Gauntlet Challenge in a few months!!!
Some of those cars were really awesome. I’m still amazed that there were so many. I don’t think there are that many classic cars in the entire state of Indiana! I guess it makes sense, though. SoCal is the perfect climate to have a classic car.
I also LOVE the RunDisney events…any plans to go for the Princess Half 🙂
I considered it, but I already spent a lot on the Dopey Challenge and will be spending even more for Disneyland Paris if I do that. I really enjoy runDisney, but I can’t justify the aggregate cost of doing every event. I think I’ll probably stick to 1-2 per year at each resort.
Tom, I love to read your blog. Thanks for sharing your adventures with all of us!
You’re welcome–glad you enjoy it! 🙂