Disney has started incorporating challenges into their events because running isn’t crazy enough, and also, more medals. For instance, The Goofy Challenge, is a half marathon on Saturday and a marathon on Sunday. And if you think that sounds too easy then there’s The Dopey Challenge which is a 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, half marathon on Saturday, and marathon on Sunday.
You see? There ARE crazier people than me!
The Pixie Dust Challenge will sound essentially normal in comparison; it involves running a 10k on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday, which is nothing new for me. Knowing what it entailed should have made me wiser. It didn’t. This time Chad joined in on the challenge. Because I’m wearing him down, obviously.
We traveled with a larger group than before, because I had successfully
coerced tricked convinced friends to join in on the half marathon craziness: Laura and Tabitha. We all went to the Expo to get our bibs and other race essentials and then got ready to go the running.
Tinker Bell 10k
Chad dressed up as Captain Hook and I … didn’t wear a costume. I know, please don’t tell or they will take away my medal!
The 10k course took us through the parks and backlots almost exclusively, so I enjoyed every minute. I also didn’t feel like dying at any point. That is how I rate running events, in case you were wondering.
We took it easy all day Saturday, meaning no park visit, ate a large breakfast with the group, and stretched a lot. We also started a new tradition of a Baked Potato Bar Pre-Half Marathon Dinner. Much better than trying to figure out a multi-pasta-option restaurant that doesn’t have a bazillion hour wait.
Tinker Bell Half Marathon
The morning of the big race was calm, pretty, and warm. Chad was dressed as Peter Pan and I was Tinker Bell (brunette Tinker Bell, because, duh).
Chad, as usual, pulled me through my tough moments. Like at mile 9 (again with the mile 9!!) when I was convinced my wings were falling off (they weren’t). Or at mile 13 when I’d HAD IT with this one lady who kept cutting in front of me and then walking, so I had to beat her across the finish line. I think running makes you irrational.
Costumed, sweaty, exhausted, and insane, we crossed the finish line and high-fived Mickey Mouse. As you do.
Laura and Tabitha both crossed the finish line! (I wasn’t worried, they were) Ahhh, pre-first-race jitters… I remember them well. They also have caught the medal bug and are already planning their next races. I’m a proud mama… and owner of three new medals:
After all that running it was time for park fun and eating! Lots and lots of eating, and churros, and corndogs.
We saw the HatBox Ghost, Fantasmic!, World of Color, played boardwalk games, rode many of our favorite rides, and wore our medals proudly because, as everyone learned, if you don’t, Debbie will kill you.
It was an excellent trip, I’ve got some new running buddies, and I’m ready for more medals.
Event Managed by: runDisney
Location: Disneyland (+0.5)
Event Expo: Yes
Event Expo Size: Large
Race Start times: 5:30 am (-0.5)
Race Day Weather: 60-68 degrees
Race Features: Female Theme, Costumed Runners Encouraged, ChEAR Squad, High School Bands, High School Cheerleaders and Dancing Teams, Cast Members, Disney Characters, Disney Animals
10k Water Stations: 2 | Every 2 Miles
Half Marathon Water Stations: 7 | Every 1.5 Miles
Energy Supplement Station (Half Marathon only): Yes | Cliff Shot Station at Mile 9
Race Courses: Mostly flat, a couple of hills, several miles through both parks
Running with Traffic: No, roads are blocked for race
Finisher Medal: Yes
Special Category Medals: Yes
Event Rating: 10 out of 10