UPDATE: The Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare, Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K, runDisney Kids Races and Welcome Event featuring Runner’s World are now sold-out. Limited entries are available through charity and tour groups. Registration is still open for the Pasta in the Park Party.
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Registration opens for the Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 Weekend on Tuesday, January 28 at 12 pm EST. I’ve never actually run the Disneyland Half Marathon, but did run the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon in 2012, courtesy of runDisney. Running Disneyland and Anaheim was one of my favorite race experiences.
The race weekend from August 29-31 in California includes the Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare, Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids Races. Runners, friends and family can also buy tickets to the Pasta in the Park Party and ChEAR Squad packages for the half marathon.
Last year, 15,872 runners finished the Disneyland Half Marathon and another 7,839 finished the Disneyland 10K. Over 5,000 of them finished the Dumbo Double Dare. Runners came from all 50 U.S. states and 15 countries for the races.
If you want in on the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, and especially the Dumbo Double Dare, be prepared to register right away. The 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K and Dumbo Double Dare sold out in just 26 hours. The 10K and Dumbo Double Dare sold-out first, with the half-marathon closing just a few hours later.
In order to compete in the Dumbo Double Dare, runners must register for the challenge itself. Registering for the 10K and half-marathon individually does not qualify.
No doubt, the addition of the 10K and Dumbo Double Dare to the weekend’s existing events was part of the registration frenzy. This will be the second year for both the 10K and the Dumbo Double Dare, where runners complete the 10K and half-marathon on back-to-back days, earning a special Dumbo-themed medal in the process. The course for both races takes runners through the Disneyland theme parks and the city of Anaheim.
Another likely factor in the race weekend’s popularity is the Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge, which dares 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—the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Disneyland Half Marathon—runners looking to complete Coast-to-Coast have fewer races to choose from. Whereas, Walt Disney World hosts four races over three weekends that qualify runners.
Unlike last year, there are no new races or challenges at the Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 weekend, but runDisney will be debuting women’s cut technical shirts for the event in addition to the men’s unisex shirt of previous years. Yay!
Also new is the ticketed Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Welcome Event featuring Runner’s World on Thursday, August 28 from 5:30 am to 7:00 am. The event will take place at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure Park with a question and answer session, warm-up with Runner’s World editors and a ride on Soarin’ Over California.
The race will also give runners and fans a chance to buy some of the coveted runDisney New Balance shoes.
Will the Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 weekend sell-out as quickly this year? We’ll see!
Disneyland Half Marathon
- $195 by February 18, 2014
- $210 between February 19 and March 11, 2014
- $225 on or after March 12, 2014
- $105 by February 18, 2014
- $120 between February 19 and March 11, 2014
- $135 on or after March 12, 2014
Dumbo Double Dare
- $320 by February 18, 2014
- $345 between February 19 and March 11, 2014
- $370 on or after March 12, 2014
Disneyland® Family Fun Run 5K
- $70 by June 24, 2014
- $80 on or after June 25, 2014
runDisney Kids Races
- $20 by June 24, 2014
- $25 on or after June 25, 2014
Pasta in the Park Party
With a Theme Park Ticket
- $135.00 for Adults (ages 10 and up)*
- $115.00 for Children (ages 3-9)*
Without a Theme Park Ticket
- $89.00 for Adults (ages 10 and up)*
- $69 .00 for Children (ages 3-9)*
* A theme park ticket is required to enter this party.
Welcome Event featuring Runner’s World
ChEAR Squad (Half Marathon Only)
- Bronze – No Charge per package
- Silver – $45 per package
- Gold – $49 per package
- Platinum – $99 per package
As a member of the running media, Disney sometimes provides me with complimentary race entry, hotel, park tickets, and some meals for runDisney events. But as always, all posts and opinions are purely my own. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.