NEW YORK, August 30, 2013 — The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend from August 30-September 1 is ready to debut a new race and race challenge with the Disneyland 10K and Dumbo Double Dare. The new events and the Disneyland Half Marathon sold-out in 26 hours, spurred by demand among runDisney fans for more races at Disney’s California resort.
More than 25,000 runners are tackling races at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. A total of 17,500 runners are registered for the Disneyland Half Marathon and another 8,000 are slated to tackle the Disneyland 10K. Of those 25,500 runners, 5,000 are taking on the Dumbo Double Dare, where runners complete both the 10K and half marathon on consecutive days. Runners are coming from all 50 states and 15 countries, with the most represented being Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Brazil.
Since runDisney announced in December 2012 the launch of the Disneyland 10K and Dumbo Double Dare, fans clamored to get into the races. The 10K and Dumbo Double Dare sold out in less than a day. The half-marathon reached capacity in 26 hours. By comparison, the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon took an entire month to fill up.
“Runner response to the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is overwhelming,” said Disney Sports Marketing and Communication Director Faron Kelley. “This points to the growing popularity of runDisney events and runner demand for two-day, back-to-back race challenges, along with the ever popular 10K distance.”
Another factor in the races’ popularity is the scarcity of runDisney events in California. The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is the marquee west coast event of Disney’s running branch. It is one of just two race weekends at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, Calif., compared with five running festivals held annually at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend from January 16-19, which caters to women, is the other California event. Both events are especially popular with Californians, who will be 8,000 strong at the Disneyland Half Marathon.
Other participants who flock to the event include runners taking on the Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge, which requires runners to complete a marathon or half-marathon at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California in the same calendar year. With only two race weekends at Disneyland, runners looking to complete Coast-to-Coast have fewer races to choose from there. Whereas Walt Disney World hosts four races that qualify runners.
The Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K run through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the City of Anaheim. The half marathon is famous for taking runners through Angel Stadium.
The Disneyland 10K takes off Saturday, August 31 at 6:15 a.m., while the Disneyland Half Marathon is set to start at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 1.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. Her work has been seen in Newsweek, RunnersWorld.com, Active.com, ABC-TV in New York and over two dozen other outlets. She has finished six marathons and four triathlons. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com .
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