Friday, August 1, 2014

Runners with a Little Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust Can Fly Through a New Challenge at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend


The world’s most beloved fairy is offering runners a new adventure during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort in 2015.


The inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge, designed for runners with a pinch of Tinker Bell’s own sense of adventure, gives runners the thrill of running the Tinker Bell 10K and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Runners who complete the challenge will receive a specially-designed, fairy-themed medal.

Registration for the Pixie Dust Challenge and all other events for the May 7-10 race weekend begins Tuesday, August 12 at 12 pm EST/9 am PST at www.rundisney.com. The event is expected to sell out quickly. Earlier this year, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon sold out in less than two days after it opened for general registration. More than 30,000 runners took part in the women-focused weekend of events centered on health, fitness and active lifestyles.

In 2015, the race weekend will again be anchored by the 13.1-mile half marathon through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the streets of Anaheim. The half marathon course will include music, entertainment and Disney characters at various junctures as well as runners in colorful costumes.

The race weekend also features fun for the whole family, including the Never Land 5K on Friday, May 8, and the runDisney Kids Races on Saturday, May 9. Additional elements include:

  • There will be a runDisney Health and Fitness Expo Thursday through Saturday (May 7-9) showcasing the latest running merchandise, as well as guest speakers – all geared toward women. The expo is free and open to the public.
  • Runners and their families can also attend the Pasta in the Park Party inside Disney California Adventure Park to “carb up” for the next morning’s races.  Families and friends can enjoy ChEAR Squad amenities to help them cheer on the runners.
  • Any participant who completes both the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May will earn a special pink version of the runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge Medal. The coveted medal features the likeness of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse with a pink overlay and lanyard.
The Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend is one of four runDisney race weekends scheduled for 2015 at the Disneyland Resort, doubling the number of races held in 2013.

About runDisney:
runDisney, one of the largest race organizers in the nation, hosts a series of nine 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 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation in January, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in May, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend during Labor Day Weekend and the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend in November. More than 163,900 running enthusiasts participate in runDisney events each year. For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com and www.runDisney.com and follow us on Facebook (runDisney), Twitter @runDisney and Instagram.