Off to the Happiest Place on Earth for this week’s Runner’s Weekend. This week we are going to dive into the magical world of Disney and the many races they offer throughout the year at all the different parks. The Disney Marathons are for the early riser, but the experience is not to be outmatches as these races take runners through the magical parks of Disney.
Let’s start with the original Disneyland in California. Disneyland offers 4 separate running events throughout the year, each with their own specific theme to meet the needs of all Disney fans. The first race of the year, taking place in the month of January is the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon. That’s right may the Force be with you as you complete this Star Wars themed race. Also available are the Star Wars 10k and Star Wars 5k. Fans especially in tune with the Force should join the Rebel alliance by taking on the Rebel Challenge, a 2 day challenge combining the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon and the Star Wars 10k.
Next up is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon taking place in the month of May. Similar to the Star Wars event, this Tinker Bell themed racing event offers the Tinker Bell 10k and the Neverland 5k. For a challenge that make you fly like Tinker Bell check out the Pixie Dust Challenge, a 2 day challenge combining the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Tinker Bell 10k.
The first Disney race on the West Coast comes up next in the month of September as a labor day weekend tradition. The Disneyland Half Marathon has taken on a Toy Story theme while the counterparts, Disneyland 10k and Disneyland 5k, are Monsters Inc. and the Incredibles respectively. And yes there is a challenge, this is one called the Disneyland Double Dare which combined the Disneyland Half Marathon and Disneyland 10k.
The last race event to take place at Disneyland is the Avengers Half Marathon in the month of November. Join the team of Avengers to save the world in this fun filled race. You can also team up with Thor for the Thor 10k or Spiderman for the Spiderman 5k. Don’t forget to take on the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge by completing the Avengers Half Marathon and the Thor 10k.
After choosing your Disneyland race now it is time to decide on what to do with the rest of your time. Of course the main thing to do is visit the parks. In California there are 2 Disney theme parks. The original Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. For a traditional trip to Disney with family friendly fun the stop to make is Disneyland. There are many rides for the young ones as well as some thrill rides for the older “kids” such as Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. You will also get to ride the classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World. Though Disney California Adventure Park is also great for family fun and has rides such as Toy Story Midway Mania and Soarin’ it is also home to the only true roller coaster in Disneyland California. There is also the new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout ride which is a rethemed Tower of Terror. Altogether the two parks have a combined 15 themed lands to satisfy all visitors.
Looking for a cheaper way to get your thrills? Then head over to Adventure City. Not quite as big as Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park, Adventure City has been holding it’s own up against the powerhouse of Disney since opening in 1994. Another attraction in Anaheim is Camelot Golfland. This is the largest mini golf course facility in the USA with several different course options as well as a lazer tag, go karts, bumper boats and an arcade.
Sports fans can check out the Anaheim Angels baseball team or the Anaheim Ducks hockey team as well. Or you may wish to have some retail therapy and a night out at the Gardenwalk Shopping. This outdoor shopping mall also has a 14 screen theatre, bowling alley and restaurants to enjoy while the shoppers do their thing.
Disneyland California is also 40mins south of Los Angeles and 1.5 hours north of San Diego. There are plenty of things to do in both cities of the West Coast that will be covered in a later post.
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