The folks at runDisney officially have 10K fever. Disney Sports just announced that the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is getting a new fairy friend: the Tinker Bell 10K. The race will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Disneyland in California, the day before the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.
It’s no wonder. The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend and Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend all got new 10K races that proved to be wildly popular with runDisney fans. All of the 10Ks sold-out before the longer, title races of the weekend.
“We’re excited to add the popular 10K distance to Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend,” said Faron Kelley, director of marketing, Disney Sports. “Tinker Bell 10K expands an already exciting series of events, and adds more opportunities for our passionate runners on the west coast, especially those new runners who are stepping up to the 10K distance.”
Of course, 10K finishers will earn a new, yet-to-be-announced fairy-themed medal.
No Tinker Bell 10K-Half Marathon Challenge
I’m sure many runners will start lobbying for a runDisney challenge similar to the Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland Half, Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney’s Princess Half, and Dopey Challenge at the Walt Disney World Marathon where runners earn an extra medal for tackling more than one race over the course of the weekend.
But runDisney specifically decided not to create a challenge for Tinker Bell, a Disney Sports spokesperson told me. Instead of reserving a chunk of the Tinker Bell 10K race spots for challengers, they wanted to keep the race open so that more runners—including folks not interested in running a half marathon—have a chance to race. No challenge means more opportunities for more runners to experience the magic of running through Disney parks. These races are so popular and sell-out so quickly that it makes sense to me to have at least a few events not attached to challenges so that more people get a chance to run them.
Methinks some runners will still take on an unofficial trio of the Never Land Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, the Tinker Bell 10K on Saturday and Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday, even if it means no extra medal. I guess you just have to ask yourself: are you in it for the experience or are you in it for the medal?
I run races for the experience, not the bling. So let me suggest calling any unofficial challenge at Tinker Bell the Darling Dare, named for the three Darling children—Michael, John and Wendy—who traveled to Never Land with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.
But runners who really want that extra medal, never fear. Runners who complete the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland and the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World will also receive a special-edition pink Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge medal, in addition to the half-marathon medals..
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend debuted in 2012 as runDisney’s second women-focused race weekend, after the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend bowed in 2009 for the first time. Men are welcome, but ladies are the focus of the weekend’s events.
My husband and I ran the inaugural race, along with the Never Land Family Fun Run 5K. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon course goes through Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks along with the city of Anaheim. We had a great time at the event. You can read my race report here.
I’m sure the new Tinker Bell 10K will sell-out quickly like all the other runDisney 10Ks. Registration for 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend opens July 9 at 12 p.m. EST.
For more information or to register, visit runDisney.com.
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