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  • [Fun] Disneyland half marathon weekend!

    i got the email yesterday that the official race weekend guide is available, and it has me all kinds of excited. i'm signed up for the dumbo double dare challenge, although it will be my first half marathon; i just couldn't pass up the opportunity to run through the parks twice in one weekend!

    anybody else doing a race at disneyland next month? or how about previous participants; any advice for this newbie?

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    no advice, as i've never done it, but always wanted to! love your excitement, though!

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      How exciting! I've never done a half marathon either but I'm signed up for the Avengers and Star Wars half marathon that are coming up soon! I can't wait to finally do them! I just completed my first 10K a few weeks ago and learned quite a bit from it.

      For example, don't get too excited at the beginning of the race! Because of all the excitement at the beginning of the race, I found myself starting off WAY faster than my normal pace. All that adrenaline and excitement made me want to just take off as soon as the race began and because of that, I wasted a lot of energy that I could've used later in the race.

      Another tip I can give you is run at your own pace! There's something about other people running around you that makes you want to keep up with them, which then makes you run at a pace you aren't used to. I found myself doing that during my 10K. I also tended to run a little faster when people started passing me too because I felt like I had to keep up with them. Just ignore all the distractions and just concentrate on your own run!

      I hope those tips helped! Good luck on your race! Let us know how your Disneyland Half Marathon goes! And share any tips with us as well!
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        Do you run 1/2 marathons regularly? ie Do you know race etiquette? While it is a run through DIsneyland and DCA, it is a "race" for the majority of runners in the 10K and 1/2. My kids run the DIsney races (last 3 years) and have a good time. They are not "runners" in the normal sense of the word, they train to run for Disney.

        Run your race. Enjoy the time. There are a lot of cheerleaders, enjoy the cheering. If you are good for time, take advantage of the character ops!
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          The Disneyland Half Marathon was my first half back in 2010. As far as advice - maybe don't try to shoot for a specific time? There are so many people (including groups of 5 standing side-by-side with arms linked as they walk), that you will run into a lot of bottlenecks. And if you want to take photos, obviously that is going to slow you down.

          Also, they tell you to get there and into your corral so early. If this is your first, I'm assuming you're starting near the back? It can take 30 minutes for you to get up to the starting line after the official start - so why would you get there super early? It's not Black Friday; nobody is going to steal your spot. I stood there in the dark for an hour that first year - I would have preferred some more sleep.

          Have a great time!

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            Re: disneyland half marathon weekend!

            Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post
            Do you know race etiquette?
            Race etiquette? As a first time half marathon runner, I would like to know these etiquettes! I don't want to go and make people mad on my first half marathon! D:
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              Would you want the person in front of you to stop unexpectedly in the middle of the road without warning, to throw away trash or water so they hit you, to stand in front of a table full of water so that you can't get any? Just remember the Golden Rule and think about how your actions may affect others. It may be helpful to think about situations you may run into on race day and how you will deal with them ahead of time (e.g., What do I do if my shoelace gets untied?, What do I do if I get a cramp? What do I do if someone else decides to stop directly in front of me?) - it will be good just for peace of mind and planning for yourself, but will also help prevent you from upsetting some of the more competitive around you.

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                Basically, what Cookie said... Slower runners keep to the right, left side is for passing, don't run abreast if you are in a group, if you are passing, call out "On the left" (or right if people unaware of the "rules" are walking to the left) so people know, slowing for water, don't stop at the table, move along so others can get in and out too.... AND, if you need to stop, signal (Raise you hand and announce, and move right) you are going to stop so the people running behind you don't run into you.
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                  Re: disneyland half marathon weekend!

                  Originally posted by KiMcHeEfOrLiFe View Post
                  How exciting! I've never done a half marathon either but I'm signed up for the Avengers and Star Wars half marathon that are coming up soon!
                  they have such fun races don't they? i have to fly in for them, so i'm limiting myself to just the disneyland half, but if i were closer i definitely would have tried to sign up for the star wars half.

                  Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post
                  Do you run 1/2 marathons regularly? ie Do you know race etiquette? While it is a run through DIsneyland and DCA, it is a "race" for the majority of runners in the 10K and 1/2. My kids run the DIsney races (last 3 years) and have a good time. They are not "runners" in the normal sense of the word, they train to run for Disney.

                  Run your race. Enjoy the time. There are a lot of cheerleaders, enjoy the cheering. If you are good for time, take advantage of the character ops!
                  i don't run half marathons regularly, but i do race regularly, so i'm pretty familiar with etiquette. i've read some blogs about the disney races, and i'm prepared to deal with people walking in a line and having to weave, but hopefully it won't be me who is the one causing weaving! i do plan to enjoy it all though!

                  Originally posted by Cookie Boat View Post
                  The Disneyland Half Marathon was my first half back in 2010. As far as advice - maybe don't try to shoot for a specific time? There are so many people (including groups of 5 standing side-by-side with arms linked as they walk), that you will run into a lot of bottlenecks. And if you want to take photos, obviously that is going to slow you down.

                  Also, they tell you to get there and into your corral so early. If this is your first, I'm assuming you're starting near the back? It can take 30 minutes for you to get up to the starting line after the official start - so why would you get there super early? It's not Black Friday; nobody is going to steal your spot. I stood there in the dark for an hour that first year - I would have preferred some more sleep.

                  Have a great time!
                  thanks for the advice! i definitely think with the crowding i'll have to shoot for my goal time at a later half marathon, and just be thrilled if i can achieve it at disney. i've submitted my 10k time, so hopefully that will put me in a higher corral, but if not, i'll definitely take your advice and not stress out trying to get there super early.


                  thanks everyone!

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                    Re: disneyland half marathon weekend!

                    Some tips:

                    Make sure you keep hydrated and get plenty of sleep the night before the race. The last couple of years it has been very warm during the race.

                    If you are driving to the start line (and parking in Mickey and Friends) make sure to give yourself enough time to drive, park, and walk to the start line. A lot of people will show up at the same time so there will be long lines of cars to get into the structure.

                    As previously brought up, run at YOUR pace. I too have been guilty of running too fast at the beginning of the race only to tire out near the end. If this is your first half marathon your goal shouldn't be to beat a certain person or a time, it should be to finish the race. Though make sure you keep with the minimum 16 minute per mile pace. That time doesn't start until the last person in the final corral crosses the Start Line (not including late starters).

                    Most importantly...HAVE FUN! This first 4 miles of the race (while in the Parks) are awesome! Take pics and gain memories
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                    • #11
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                      Run at your pace. I always look over my shoulder if I'm stopping and try not to cut people off. I run SLOW so I stay to the right. I notice it's kids who tend to mess with the sides. On a down hill tract backstage of the 10K there was a probably 12 year old that decided to blaze full on by on my right side between me and the wall. Fortunately I looked over my shoulder before reaching in my pocket (sticking my elbow out) or I would've clothes lined that kid. The kid was so close his clothes brushed mine.

                      My only thing is just to keep moving forward. Since you're a regular Disneyland-er you know where to stop for a bathroom break and where you are going to end up in a long line in the parks.
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                        Re: disneyland half marathon weekend!

                        Originally posted by Cookie Boat View Post
                        Would you want the person in front of you to stop unexpectedly in the middle of the road without warning, to throw away trash or water so they hit you, to stand in front of a table full of water so that you can't get any? Just remember the Golden Rule and think about how your actions may affect others. It may be helpful to think about situations you may run into on race day and how you will deal with them ahead of time (e.g., What do I do if my shoelace gets untied?, What do I do if I get a cramp? What do I do if someone else decides to stop directly in front of me?) - it will be good just for peace of mind and planning for yourself, but will also help prevent you from upsetting some of the more competitive around you.
                        Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post
                        Basically, what Cookie said... Slower runners keep to the right, left side is for passing, don't run abreast if you are in a group, if you are passing, call out "On the left" (or right if people unaware of the "rules" are walking to the left) so people know, slowing for water, don't stop at the table, move along so others can get in and out too.... AND, if you need to stop, signal (Raise you hand and announce, and move right) you are going to stop so the people running behind you don't run into you.
                        These are good to know! Most of these do seem like common sense (i.e. slower runners to the right), but others I've never thought about! If there's a time during my run where I need to make a stop, I'll definitely be aware of my surroundings before I make my stop. Thanks everyone!
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                        • #13
                          Re: Disneyland half marathon weekend!

                          One more thing: try to stop for the character photos. You could motor through and get a good time, but you're paying for a Disneyland race...take advantage of that! Of course, this gets tricky when you're trying to keep the 16 minute/mile pace, but still, don't miss it.
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                            Re: disneyland half marathon weekend!

                            Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post
                            If you need to stop, signal (Raise you hand and announce, and move right) you are going to stop so the people running behind you don't run into you.
                            This is most important. After X number of miles you don't want to get thrown out of your groove by having someone come to a complete halt in front of you.

                            Originally posted by Cookie Boat View Post
                            Also, they tell you to get there and into your corral so early. If this is your first, I'm assuming you're starting near the back? It can take 30 minutes for you to get up to the starting line after the official start - so why would you get there super early? It's not Black Friday; nobody is going to steal your spot. I stood there in the dark for an hour that first year - I would have preferred some more sleep.
                            THIS! I ran the full at WDW this year for the first time and it took 70 minutes for us to actually start from the official race time! Plus, they set off fireworks as every group started which was exciting maybe 3-4 times. The other 10 times they did it seemed repetitive! When I ran the full LA everyone was over the line in 10-15 minutes. Have no idea why Disney takes so much longer (Well, actually I do: fireworks).

                            Though because its your first and you're excited you'll probably be there early anyway. have fun!
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                              IMHO the important thing about starting early is that it gives you a cushion ahead of the sweepers. From what I know, that 16 min/mile pace starts from the time the last person crosses the start line. If you're in corral B, you're going to have a lot of extra time, because that last person might be starting up to an hour after you. So you can stop, take photos with characters, enjoy the surroundings, etc. If you're in corral M you're going to be a lot closer to that last person, you're not going to have the same cushion of time to enjoy the race and you're going to have to hustle more.

                              In the 5K the sweepers never seem to appear but I heard some awful stories about runners who got involuntarily picked up by them at the Tinker Bell 10K this year.
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