Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Registration Opens Today With Expanded Expo Experience and New Welcome Event

Note: as of the time of this post – several of the races that make up Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend are SOLD OUT.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 28, 2014) – Registration for this year’s Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort opens today and will feature a new welcome event and an expanded Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo experience. But runners better act fast.  Last year’s race sold out in approximately 26 hours.

The new Disneyland Half Marathon Welcome Event featuring Runner’s World kicks off the race weekend on Thursday morning, Aug. 28, at Disney California Adventure Park and will feature Runner’s World magazine’s training experts, an exclusive opportunity to experience the attraction Soarin’ Over California and early entry into the Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo’s Official runDisney merchandise area.

Also, the Health & Fitness Expo is expanding to include an extra day, giving runners more flexibility to pick up their race packets. The three-day Expo runs Aug. 28-30 and features the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets, plus speakers such as runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway and runDisney nutrition consultant Tara Gidus.

Runners looking for an extra challenge can register for the Dumbo Double Dare, which involves running the Disneyland 10K on Saturday and the Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total).  The limited number of participants who sign up for the Dumbo Double Dare will receive a Dumbo Double Dare running shirt and a special finisher medal, in addition to the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.

The weekend of events also includes the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, Aug. 29 and the runDisney Kids Races on Saturday, Aug. 30. Runners and guests can add to their race weekend experience by purchasing tickets to the Pasta in the Park Party, which involves a buffet dinner, live DJ and special appearances by Disney characters. Spectators and family can get involved, too, by supporting their runners as part of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend ChEAR Squad whose members receive race-related gear to cheer on the runners from a reserved spectator viewing area.

Runners can register for this year’s Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend events at www.runDisney.com. Runners can access specially priced theme park tickets and room nights after registering for the event by calling 407-939-iRUN.

WHERE: Disneyland Resort

WHEN: August 28 – 31, 2014

Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K

5:30 a.m. on Friday, August 29

Disneyland 10K

5:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 30

runDisney Kids Races

9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30

Disneyland Half Marathon

5:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 31

Dumbo Double Dare

Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31

Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo

2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30

The Disneyland Half Marathon Welcome Event featuring Runner’s World

5:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 28

Pasta in the Park Party

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30

About runDisney

runDisney is a series of seven event weekends providing runners unique opportunities to run various distances through Disney theme parks.  Race participants earn Disney-themed medals, experience legendary Disney entertainment and guest service and ultimately celebrate their accomplishments with a Disney vacation.  The original event in the series, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, takes place in January followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in February, Expedition Everest Challenge in May, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler in October and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November.  Disneyland hosts the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January and the Disneyland Half Marathon during Labor Day Weekend.  More than 125,000 running enthusiasts participate in runDisney events each year. For more information, visit www.runDisney.com and follow us on Facebook (runDisney) and Twitter @runDisney.