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.