Although not officially part of my 2013 Year of Running extravaganza — because, you know, it’s 2014 now — I nevertheless saw the Tinker Bell Half Marathon as the final stage of my running challenge.
I had a great experience at last year’s Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World, and was curious how the Tink at Disneyland would compare.
It was great having a hotel right near the start line — a quick walk up Disneyland Drive and we were right into the race corrals. No big fireworks to start off this race — unlike WDW, Disneyland has to be considerate of its Anaheim neighbours.
The first few miles of the course went through Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Park — the highlight being running through the newish Carsland, all lit up in neon.
At the end of Disneyland’s Main Street, there was Mr. Smee and Captain Hook — I got a big hug from my fellow Smee. (Although another racer apparently thought I was Waldo?!?)
The final few miles took place out on the streets of Anaheim — not too exciting, but at least the roadway wasn’t as crowded.
And before we knew it, we were headed back into the back-of-house areas of California Adventure and then to the finish corral in one of the big parking lots. It was all a blur!
Overall, this was a fun race weekend — although not quite as immersive as running in Walt Disney World. But we did shave about 17 minutes off our half marathon time at the Princess Half.
For the first time in over a year, I have absolutely no future races on my calendar. I’m definitely hoping to run the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November — to get that coveted Coast-to-Coast medal, but that’s far enough off that I think I can take a few months off of training for now.