It’s a big runDisney kind of day. This morning, runDisney sent out this….
If you’re running in the Disneyland Half Marathon races, you received your final race instructions this morning! This means that we have less than a month until our race weekend begins! The 4 page PDF file can be downloaded here. The final race instructions are a condensed version of the race guide that I posted here.
In case you need it, runDisney has all of their races with dates for you. It is interesting to me that “registration is now open” for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. I thought that registration was a few weeks away. I thought that was kind of funny. After all, the race guide will be handed out in hard copy at the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo. So, saying that the Tinker Bell Half Marathon registration was now open on that PDF makes sense. However, when they email out the final race instructions before the registration opens for Tink, they should have put the registration date instead of a “now open” comment. Sorry for being a little picky.
Although I’m sure this was mentioned in the race guide, I just wanted to highlight this part of the final race instructions…Event Transportation & Driving Directions. This is really important for those not staying at a Disney owned property. If you’re a local who is getting up at an ungodly hour to drive to the resort, this information is great for your planning and knowing where to park and when parking opens. If you’re staying at one of the “Good Neighbor Hotels” there is some useful information about when shuttles will be leaving your hotel for the Disneyland resort on race weekend. Plus, in the bottom right hand corner is a listing of all the hotels that have a free shuttle. If you’ve made your reservation, you might just want to double-check that your hotel is listed here. Many of the hotels are within walking distance of the starting corrals. So, you do also have the option of walking. I did this for the Disneyland Half Marathon and Disneyland 10K races last year. It was just easier than waiting for the shuttle. Plus, other runners will do this as well. So, you will likely have someone to chat with if you wish on your way to the starting area.
Not only did we receive our final race instructions, but also a link to the virtual goodie bag. There are some interesting items in the virtual goodie bag.
First up, there are some discounts and/or special offers for each of the above.
One freebie you will not want to miss out on is the free art card from Lasting Commemoratives. You click on the “click here to sign up now” and collect the card at the Expo at their booth. This is a fun, free gift that I think everyone should make sure to receive. I believe that you do have to sign up ahead of time. There is something they send you to print out that must be turned in to get your free art card.
If you’re looking for something extra special to mark your accomplishment, use the above in the virtual goodie back for a discounted rate.
Need some shades? Check out the above offer from Apex.
I thought this was kind of cool. Free artwork. Of course, you download the image for free. Then, you would have the choice on how to use the free download. It’s a pretty cool image, though.
If you haven’t been up to speed with runDisney and New Balance the past few years, then you might not know just how insanely popular their special running shoes are. The lines are crazy at the Expo. When I was at the Walt Disney World Marathon Expo, we waited in line for almost 2 hours to get a reservation number and then another 4 or 5 hours just to get into the New Balance booth. They attempted to have a virtual queue line at the Princess Half Marathon. There is a link in the virtual goodie bag to sign up. However, the web site you are directed to make mention that the virtual line was no longer being utilized as of the Princess Half Marathon. So, if you want these highly coveted shoes, keep checking with the virtual queue link to see if it opens up closer to the Disneyland Half Marathon. Otherwise, be prepared to wait in a long line.
Ok, this isn’t exactly a coupon or retail kind of thing in the virtual bag. However, there is the announcement that at the Expo ABC will have exclusive screenings of the above shows. So, if you want to see these shows before they premiere on ABC and are willing to give up some theme park time, look for a schedule of the screenings at the Expo.
Your final instructions email also has a link to print out your waivers, which you can access by clicking here. By your signature of your waiver, you will find your bib number. If you’re racing in the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge or the Disneyland Half Marathon, here is how the corrals are broken up…
First, for the Dumbo Double Dare. So, if you’re completing this challenge, find where your bib number lies and that will tell you which corral you will be running in at both the Disneyland 10K and Half Marathon. At least, that’s the way it was done last year. I did notice that during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, some of the Glass Slipper Challenge participants had two different corral letters on their bibs. Since they have not released the 10K Corrals (and probably won’t), we’ll have to find out at the Expo what happens.
For those who are only running the Disneyland Half Marathon, here are the corral assignments. I post it here because you might be looking for your bib number and won’t find it on the Dumbo Double Dare assignments. However, the time breakdowns are exactly the same. When the corrals were put out yesterday, there was something I found odd. As you scroll down the “Time Required” column, notice the time gaps. The difference between Corral A and B is 5 minutes, Corral B and C is 5 minutes, Corral C and D is 5 minutes, Corral D and E is 5 minutes, Corral E and F is 5 minutes, Corral F and G is 15 minutes, and Corral H and I is 12 minutes. There’s nothing to crazy about that. However, the time difference between Corral G and H is a whopping 43 minutes. Given the differences between all the other corrals, that seems odd to me. Over the half marathon distance that’s a difference of around 3 minutes per mile in pacing. So, if you don’t get there early enough and are closer to the 2 hour 30 minute range for your half time, you might find yourself stuck behind a bunch of 3 hour – 3 hour, 13 minute finishers. It seems like runDisney should have added one more corral and split Corral H up. Of course, I’m going to be in Corral H. So, it’s a bit concerning for me.
In other runDisney news, the medals for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend have been released. I’ve got to admit, I’d love to run the Wine and Dine some day. The race reports I’ve read from this event make it look like a really fun race. With the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon happening one week after the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, I’m really hoping that next week we get to see the finisher medals for this race.
For those that are running at the Disneyland Half Marathon, are you happy with your placing? I’m really happy to be out of the last corral for this race! I’ll have two corrals behind me. So, hopefully, I’ll get to Ball Road a little sooner this year and not have to deal with that sun as much as last year. For those that are running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, do you like the medals for this year? For those registered for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, do you think we’ll see our medals next week?