A lot has been going on in the magical land of runDisney lately, and with all the excitement of me running Goofy’s challenge I feel like it’s appropriate to recap some of the current (and recent past) happenings that are spanning both coasts.
In Florida, Adriano Bastos won the 20th anniversary Disney marathon for the eighth time. Looks like he is going to have to get yet another Mickey head tattoo. Rumor has it he wants to win ten! This was a hard fought victory for Bastos, running neck and neck with fellow training partner Fredison Costa until he surged ahead in the last half mile to claim the victory.
The following weekend in Disneyland, runners were flying through the parks for the second annual Tinkerbell half marathon. Over 21,000 runners joined in the fun, while Angela Escay set a course record for the event running a 1:24:10.
Ali Vincent of Biggest Loser fame, and Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Rings) were also on hand to celebrate during this women’s health-focused weekend.
In the midst of these two races, sign ups began for the Disneyland half marathon and it’s newest component, the Dumbo Double Dare.
Twenty six hours after opening general public registration, the Disneyland half marathon, 10k, and Dumbo Double Dare were completely sold out. Over 25,000 runners will take part in the race weekend, with 5,000 of them taking on the new Dumbo Double dare (running the 10k and half marathon in one weekend). Since this record setting sell out, the Family Fun Run 5k has also closed registration, and the weekend is completely full. I am very excited to take part in Dumbo’s Challenge this year. I love inaugural events!
*A very limited number of spots remain open for the 10k and half marathon through charities, check out rundisney.com for details.
Also, a few dates were recently announced. Registration for the Tower of Terror ten miler will open February 12, and registration for the Wine and Dine half marathon opens on March 12th. Get ready, they may sell out very quickly!
*Some photos taken from Disney Sports News
QOTD: Were you surprised at how fast Disneyland sold out? What are your thoughts on the idea of the Dumbo Double Dare?