Pixie Dust Challenge Flys To Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Disney adds Pixie Dust Challenge to Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

Runners get their Tink on at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. (runDisney)

You asked, runDisney answered. Disney’s running branch today announced the addition of the Pixie Dust Challenge to the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland in Anaheim, California from May 7-10.

The inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge follows in the footsteps of other popular runDisney challenges like the Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Runners who register for the challenge and complete both the Tinker Bell 10K on Saturday, May 9 and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday, May 10 earn a fairy-themed medal in addition to a medal for each race.

Disney adds Pixie Dust Challenge to Tinker Bell Half Marathon

The start of the Tinker Bell 10K. (runDisney)

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland and Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World were the only runDisney half-marathon weekends without multi-day running challenges, along with the shorter distance The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend and Expedition Everest Challenge.

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend has the Dopey Challenge and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend has the Rebel Challenge. Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend round out the challenges.

Yet, race challenges have proven especially popular among runDisney fans, often selling out first among each weekend’s events. The 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge filled up first in 1 hour and 45 minutes despite technical difficulties when registration opened for the Disney Princess Half Marathon and the 2015 Rebel Challenge reached capacity in just 25 minutes before any other Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend event.

Pixie Dust Challenge Comes To Tinker Bell Half Marathon


How quickly will the Pixie Dust Challenge sell out? Faster than Peter Pan can fly to Never Land.

Disney running events have been selling out more quickly year over year, and the Pixie Dust Challenge won’t be an exception. The 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon sold out its 30,000 spots weekend-wide in less than two days.

The race weekend also includes the Never Land 5K on Friday, May 8, and the runDisney Kids Races on Saturday, May 9. Courses run through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the streets of Anaheim with music, entertainment and Disney characters, not to mention thousands of costumed runners.

Other events at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend are the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo Thursday through Saturday, which is free and open to the public, and a ticketed Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Pasta Party inside Disney California Adventure on Friday, May 8.

Pixie Dust Challenge Flys to Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

The pink Coast-To-Coast Race Challenge Medal (runDisney)

The 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon is the second of runDisney’s two women-focused race weekends. Runners who complete both the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May earn a pink runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal, picturing Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Runners who complete any other half-marathon or marathon at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California in the same calendar year earn a blue runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal.

Other races at Disneyland include the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.

Registration for the Pixie Dust Challenge and every other event at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend begins Tuesday, August 12 at 12 pm EST/9 am PST at www.rundisney.com. And remember, to qualify for the challenge medal, you must register for the Pixie Dust Challenge itself and not the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Tinker Bell 10K individually.

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


08 2014

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  1. 1

    Disney events always look so fun! I had no idea about this one though, what a wonderful idea :) I am sure it will sell out as fast as the others. I truly hope someday I am able to do one of the Disney events!
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    • Karla Bruning

      When I ran it in 2012, the winner wore a Tink tutu, which I thought was awesome. Winning time for women is usually around 1:25. You’d rock it!

  2. 3

    Wow this looks amazing!! RUNDisney is definitely on my race bucket list!
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    • Karla Bruning

      I ran the inaugural Tink Half in 2012 and had a blast.

  3. MJ #

    Ooooh, maybe I can try and sign up for this one? Will i be ready for that much running next year? I’ll have to fly in especially… Mmm, must consider… Thanx for sharing!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Of course! I think there are a lot of people plotting and scheming for this one.

  4. 7

    I really need to get over this challenge addiction. Tinkerbell was definitely on my list, and I LOVES me a race challenge, but I think my mom would disown me if I was out of town for Mother’s Day. Too bad I can’t convince her to celebrate in Disneyland!

    • Karla Bruning

      I’ve been having the same debate. Can I get my family to Cali for Mother’s Day?

  5. Michelle Jackson #

    I was totally in until I found out the entrance fee – $320. My friend that I was going to do it with said that it’s probably because SO many people sign up for the RunDisney races and/or challenges they’re probably just trying to thin them out. If that’s the case though, then why have the races!?!?! I LOVE just about anything and everything Disney but I also am beginning to think that they’re just greedy. I mean, seriously, the parks are incredibly expensive and they know people/families come there to bring their kids from all over. I don’t know how I’d do it if I had family …

    • Karla Bruning

      They’re definitely on the more expensive end of the spectrum, along with Nike races, Rock’n’Roll and major marathons like New York. The bigger the scale, the more costly the race, generally. But the costs aren’t meant to thin out demand at all. The races are actually incredibly expensive to put on–more so than your average road race, with performers, sound technicians, fleets of buses for event transportation and the like that you don’t find at most races. Also, some races aren’t charged by their cities for police, use of the roads, and other services like the 2013 Runner’s World Half Marathon, which got a pass on $22,000 in city fees: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2013/01/runners_world_not_charged_for.html. But many races have to foot those bills themselves, NYC and Disney included. And when it comes to some major events, the entrance fees often don’t even cover the true cost of putting on the race. That’s where sponsors step in. As for Disney, at the end of the day it’s a public, for-profit company. They have shareholders to answer to, so they make sure they are profitable. Capitalism at work! Here’s an good article about race fees: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-07-10/health/bs-hs-race-fees-20130710_1_races-corrigan-sports-enterprises-dave-gell
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