Sunday January 20th: This is the last race of Team Tizzel's Coast to Coast Challenge. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon will take us through Disney's California Adventure (DCA), Disneyland, and downtown Anaheim. The race started at 5:00am.
We decided we could probably sleep in until 3:00am this morning since our hotel was near the start line. Dave was still feeling sick and he was still pretty tuckered out from yesterday's 5k + 11 more miles of park touring. This was his second half marathon in a week (Disney World's Half was the week before). It was also his second half marathon ever.
Staying at the Grand California was ideal for this race, except for the fact that we were conservative in our route to get to Runner's Village. We were meeting friend's at 4:00am in the village and we weren't sure if we could go out our main hotel entrance, which was located by the corral/start line, and cross the corrals to the meet-up. Instead we went through the Downtown Disney door and walked around to the Disneyland Hotel and the meet-up area. Runner's Village was much smaller, and less crowded, than Disney World's Village. The Tinker Bell Half is about 1/2 the size of WDW's Half Marathon with about 13,000 runners - most of them women.
|reposted from RunDisney.com|
|Holly took this really nice photo|
|Cast Members weren't really good at taking pictures|
The rest of the off-property course took us through some other neighborhoods, the downtown business district, and by city hall. Overall nothing remarkable, but still enjoyable to see what the surrounding area was like. We came back to property through the backstage of DCA, this time rounding around the backside of Cars Land and Paradise Pier. The sprint to the finish line included one hairpin turn in an auxiliary Downtown Disney parking lot.
Sorry if the video starts abruptly. We were distracted at the beginning of the race and didn't film any of the start), course map, and full collection of medals. In addition to Disney medals we also received Team AllEars medal. We also covered the weekend for the Mickey Miles Podcast via twitter and we were guests on Episode 37 if you'd like to give it a listen.
|Dave's collection on the left, Holly's on the right|
Dave's post on his first/second big race experiences and on the non-race portions of our trips.