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Countdown to Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

  • Aug 22 2014
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Four more days until we head down to Southern California for the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo! This is one of my favorite races for so many reasons! First off, the race is at the happiest place on earth! Second, you get to dress up. Third, you get to see your favorite Disney characters at the start of the race and along the course. It’s a great weekend starting off with one of the most high-energy expos I’ve ever attended. If you’ve ever been a part of a runDisney event, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, you’re definitely missing out! Click here to view the official runDisney website. I highly recommend subscribing to their mailing list as some of their races are known to fill up in less than an hour of opening to the general public!

The race expo is a three day event full of fun and excitement. If you've never attended this event, or if you've felt any anxiety with so many things do that weekend, you'll want to pay attention to the five tips I've outlined to help streamline your weekend race experience. Below are 5 runner tips for Disneyland Half Marathon Race Weekend:

#1 Be Prepared

Running is 90% mental and 10% physical, at least that's what I learned in college. Prepare yourself for a weekend of fun! Race weekend is kicked off by one of the most colorful and high-energy expos on the planet. Make sure to do these three things: hydrate, eat a good breakfast, and take a deep breath. Drink a lot of water, eat a beignet, and get ready to get Disney-fief. There are three days of expo that precede the Disneyland Half Marathon. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are your opportunities to pick up your race packet and shop some of the best running brands. Disney races are unique from most other races since usually bib pick up is located in a separate hall than goody bag pick-up and the expo. Be prepared to wait in lines and to be among crowds of some of the happiest people on the planet (Disneyland + Runner endorphins = Happy people on fairy dust)

#2 Importance of your Smart Phone

Bring your fully charged smart phone. For a number of reasons you’ll need your phone handy. There are a number of photo opportunities you won’t want to miss and signs that will help you with posting your photos correctly on social media. They almost always recommend #runDisney on Twitter and Instagram, search these hashtags now to see some of the buzz that's already brewing. You’ll also want to make sure your phone is charged in case you attend the expo with your friends. Through all the craziness there is a chance you’ll get distracted by something sparkly or colorful and misplace your friends, you’ll want your phone at that moment. Another reason your phone will be important is that some of the brands will give you an additional discount if you’re connected with them on a social network like Facebook or Twitter, you’ll want to be able to show proof that you’re already their fan. Below is a photo I took in front of a Dumbo Double Dare Photo-op inside the Disneyland Hotel prior to entering the expo.

#3 Don't forget your ID and waiver

Don't forget to bring your photo ID and race waiver. Once you arrive at the convention center you’ll be directed downstairs to pick up your race number. This event is extremely organized and you’ll want to be prepared so you aren’t holding up the lines. Keep in mind there will be thousands of runners attending the expo all three days so you’ll want to keep the process as streamlined as possible and running all the way back to your car may mean a 1/2 mile trek to the Disneyland parking lot to get your ID.

#4 Pre-Ordered Purchases

Since some of the best brands will be represented at the expo there will definitely be a chance of "sell-out" on special edition, new, and popular items. Pre-order any running gear if at all possible. Most brands have pre-order options on items and you can be the first to know about pre-order options if you subscribe to their mailing lists or if you follow them on any social network. Endure usually makes new designs for these races and often sell out by the end of day two of the expo. Click here to pre-order one of our 19.3 Elephants or beads that fit Pandora! See the photos below for a preview of this years necklace and bead. Below, you'll also find some examples of other popular Endure items that have sold out before the expo ended.

#5 Dress AppropriatelyDress to Impress! If you’re not dawning your runDisney gear, and you’re not wearing something with a Disney character on it, you might feel a little out of place. I'm not saying that every person is wearing Disney attire, but if you own it, you'll probably wish you were wearing it if you don't. Being at the race expo is like being around thousands of Disney-fanatics high on running endorphins…wait, it’s not “like” that, it “IS” that! Be prepared to be in the middle of a swarm of happy people who are doing nothing but talking about the race and finding the perfect race gear for their weekend attire. Make sure to wear your shopping outfit. Easy-on and easy-off is the key. You’ll most likely be trying on shoes, shirts, and skirts so wear shoes that are easy to take on and off and clothes you don’t mind changing in and out of. The expo is filled with running apparel and accessories that you won’t want to pass up. When you scroll down you'll see some of my outfit ideas for some of the past Disney races I've run along with some other outfit ideas from our friends at Running Skirts and Sparkle Athletic!

One of my favorite outfits from last year. Not too over-the-top, but if you can't tell, it's a Snow White-Inspired running outfit and I'm wearing a sparkly Sweaty Bands headband :)


Minnie Mouse-Inspired Running Costumes by Running Skirts

Cinderella-Inspired Running Outfits by Sparkle Athletic

New Neon Compression Socks by Running Skirts to complete your race-day costume. I'm going to be wearing yellow socks this weekend!

See you on the course! And for those of you running Star Wars in January…may the course be with you!

xoxo

Sunny

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