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.
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.
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.
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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