Neverland 5k 2014

neverland 5k

My mom and I ran the Neverland 5k during the runDisney Tinkerbell half marathon weekend. I had never run a 5k at Disneyland before, so I was excited to experience one.


Again, I LOVE the proximity of staying on property. We got to sleep a lot later than we do for the east coast events, and simply walked from our room to Disneyland park for the start of the race. I have never started a Disney race inside of a park that I can think of, so it was a really fun experience to walk down Main Street with all of the other runners.



They had everyone lined up around the circle in front of the castle, and there was some confusion as to where we needed to go. We finally overheard a worker telling some people the order in which the “corrals” were going to go so we were then able to line up accordingly. They were going to have different waves, but nothing was marked that I could see.


We waited around a good bit, the announcers came out, and then it was finally time to begin!


After standing around so long it took me awhile to get warmed up. The good thing was the waves of people were not huge so I didn’t feel too crowded except for a couple of times around sharp turns.

We started off running towards the Matterhorn, and made our way through backstage and “on stage” portions of the Disneyland park.



We had passed up a few characters with long lines, and I think this allowed us to get further ahead to ones that didn’t have as long of lines.


When we ran towards New Orleans Square, we saw the lost boys out on the water in canoes, it was a really cute touch.



We walked through the water stop, and took another couple of walk breaks. The air was SO dry we were both having a hard time breathing which made me nervous for the half.

Hooray mile 2!


We went across to California Adventure Park, which is where the race ends. Only a mile to go! We had not gone to the theme parks yet, so the race was actually moms first glimpse of them!



My favorite part



We ran through the Pier, and I knew we were getting close.


We could actually SEE the finish line, but of course had to stop for this picture.


We ran across the finish line together, we did it!



Several people asked if we were sisters, one even asked if we were twins! Not sure if it was because we were matching, but I really hope I don’t look like I’m in my 50’s! I know mom does look young though.


We had a lot of fun running this race, I love that the parks are so close together that you get to run through both. I would definitely run this race again!

QOTD: Do you look like anyone in your family?

Disclosure: I was given a free hotel room, park tickets, some meals, and my half marathon race registration from runDisney. I paid for my own entry into the 5k, but regardless, all opinions are always my own.


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  1. I love that the race started from within the park. And no buses to get to the start line? That’s a plus!

    You definitely don’t look like you’re in your fifties! Your mom just looks really young – good genes for you!

  2. So cool that the race started in the park. You both look adorable — and your mom does look young!

  3. How fun!! Love y’alls outfits, too. I agree that the California air was reaaaally dry that weekend. It was rough on my nose the entire time I was there. This 5K looks so fun – that is neat that it actually started in the parks!!

  4. I love how this goes through both parks. I would love to do a 5 or 10k at DL so I can run through both parks.

    My mom and I also get the sisters comment.

  5. Y’all do look so much alike and you mom looks amazing!!! I look like my dad, mannerisms and all. I love it!

  6. I loved this race!! I, too, could not believe how dry it was! It made me really worried about the 10k and the 1/2 but I didn’t have any issues with those races!! 🙂

    • I didn’t do the 10k, but did struggle a little in the half with a dry throat and feeling thirsty the whole time, but it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated

  7. The course for the 5K looks like one of the best out of all the Run Disney 5Ks. Would you agree? The close up pic of you and your mom is adorable! I also look a lot like my mom and my sister ( although I don’t see it). We often have people ask us if we are twins too!

  8. My mom and I get the sisters thing all the time – I like to joke that she cloned herself to make me.

  9. I love your outfits <3 (and you don't look 50, your mom looks young :))

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