Registration for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend opens Tuesday, August 12 at 12 p.m. EST. The women-focused race weekend will take place from May 7-10 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The race is the fourth largest women’s running event in the U.S. with 11,948 finishers in 2013 and 13,143 finishers in 2014.
2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
In addition to the title half marathon, the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend also includes the new Pixie Dust Challenge, Never Land 5K, Tinker Bell 10K and runDisney Kids Races. Courses for the weekend’s races 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.
The runDisney Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9. That’s where runners pick-up their bibs and race gear, can find official runDisney merchandise along with the coveted runDisney New Balance shoes, other retailers showcasing running apparel and products, and a speaker series with tips for training, racing and eating before the big day.
A ticketed Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Pasta Party takes place inside Disney California Adventure on Friday, May 8 with a buffet dinner, Disney characters and other entertainment.
Pixie Dust Challenge
New to the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon is the inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge, which follows in the footsteps of other runDisney challenges like the Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland Half Marathon 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. To qualify for the medal, you must register for the Pixie Dust Challenge itself and not the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Tinker Bell 10K individually.
Coast to Coast Race Challenge
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.
And because two or three or four fairies are better than one, runners can also race as a team. Team registration is $10 per person, with unlimited members allowed per team. Runners must register as an individual first for the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon, then create their team to receive a commemorative team bib, commemorative team item, and a team photo area at packet pick-up. This isn’t a relay; each runner completes the entire race.
Spectators joining runners for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend can also join the ChEAR Squad with a range of packages to choose from, including the free Bronze package to VIP treatment in the Platinum ChEAR Zone with continental breakfast, complimentary parking, reserved ChEAR Zone viewing locations along the course, Finish Line ChEAR Squad grandstand seating, access to the VIP area and more.
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Race Report
I ran the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon in 2012 courtesy of runDisney. Want to know what my experience was like? Here’s the scoop.
All Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend events have tiered pricing depending on when you register. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon is $195 if you register by September 2, 2014. The Pixie Dust Challenge is $320 if you register by September 2, 2014. The Tinker Bell 10K is $105 by September 2, 2014, and the Never Lank 5K is $70 by February 27, 2015. The runDisney Kids Races are $20 per child by February 27, 2015. All prices increase after those dates.
The Pasta Party with a theme park ticket is $135.00 for ages 10 and up or $115.00 for ages 3-9. Children under 3 years old are free. When buying Pasta Party passes without a theme park ticket, the cost is $89.00 for ages 10 and up and $69.00 for ages 3-9. But note that guests will need a theme park ticket to get to the party inside Disney California Adventure theme park.
ChEAR Squad packages are free for the Bronze level, $39 for Silver, $69 for Gold and $99 for Platinum. Visit www.runDisney.com for more information.
Registration for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend begins Tuesday, August 12 at 12 p.m. EST.
How quickly will the Pixie Dust Challenge sell out? Faster than you can say, “You can fly!” three times. The 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend sold out its 30,000 spots weekend-wide in less than two days. The 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend filled up in 1 hour and 45 minutes despite technical difficulties that slowed registration for some runners. And the 2015 Rebel Challenge at Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend reached capacity in just 25 minutes.
Will the new Pixie Dust Challenge sell out just as fast? Runners will find out Tuesday.
For more information or to register, visit www.runDisney.com.
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