The Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2016 Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry from May 5-8 at Disneyland in California celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2016. I’m returning to the race for the first time since the inaugural event to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom.
The women’s focused running festival includes the title half-marathon, Tinker Bell 10K, Never Land 5K, Pixie Dust Challenge (running the 10K and half-marathon), runDisney Kids Races, and runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, where runners can buy shoes in the coveted New Balance runDisney Collection.
I’m flying through the Pixie Dust Challenge, courtesy of runDisney, and pacing my mother through her first 10K at the Tinker Bell 10K. She did her first 5K with me at the Walt Disney World 5K in 2014.
Two years later, she’s upping the distance before she turns 70 in just four months.
Tinker Bell is the perfect race. My mom was Tinker Bell for Halloween when she was a little girl, not once, but twice. The movie came out in 1953, when she was just 7 years old.
On top of it all, she hasn’t been to Disneyland in 38 years. What a way to celebrate Mother’s Day and usher in a new decade!
I even bought her the New Balance runDisney Tinker Bell Boracay shoes last year. She’s wearing them for the race, naturally.
Good luck if you’re running this weekend! Here’s a look at every fairy’s favorite race by the numbers.
Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2016 By The Numbers
24,000 total race registrants for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2016 Weekend
15,000 runners from California
10,700 participants in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon
4,600 runners in the Tinker Bell 10K
4,300 registrants in the Pixie Dust Challenge
4,200 participants in the Never Land 5K
1,500 kids in the runDisney Kids Races
950 runners who have tackled the Tinker Bell Half Marathon all five years
1:17.00 run time of Disney’s 1953 film Peter Pan
1:15.55 run time of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon event record, set in 2015 by Lenore Moreno of California
85 age of the oldest male participant
83 age of the oldest female runner
83 percentage of female participants
32 countries represented among runners
17 percentage of male participants
5 anniversary of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
3 rank of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend among the largest women’s races, behind the Nike Women’s Half Marathon and Disney Princess Half Marathon
2 number of times I will have run the Tinker Bell Half Marathon; read about it here: Race Report: Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland and Tinker Bell Half Marathon Slideshow
1 runDisney race with no repeat winner—Tinker Bell Half Marathon
I’m running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon as a media guest of runDisney. But as always, all opinions are purely my own. Seriously. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.