Labor Day Weekend…that means it’s once again time for the Disneyland Half Marathon! This was the eighth Disneyland Half Marathon, and my fifth time participating. Those that know me well know that I look forward to this fun filled weekend each and every year. This year was also the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare! Running back to back races is a piece of cake for me since I completed the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge this past January. I actually enjoy back to back racing and the sense of accomplishment when crossing the final finish line.
Five years goes by in the blink of an eye, it is so hard to believe that I had only one half marathon under my running SPI belt, now I have over twenty-five half marathons and one marathon. I clearly remember the day that I decided to sign up for the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon. I was spending an enjoyable afternoon indoors as it was raining and my dalmatian was happily resting underneath my chair. I was thumbing through an issue of Runner’s World Magazine and opened to a runDisney adverstisment for the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon. It was March and I knew that I had plenty of time to train. By June I was running at least three days a week and a joined a running group as well. By the time Labor Day rolled around I knew that I was ready for this race. I was beyond excited and ready to race. I have never experience such an exhilarating feeling than running down the middle of Main Street towards the castle and finally crossing the finish line. That year that runners where allowed to sign up for the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon still coming down from my runners high I immediately signed up! Despite this actually being my second half marathon I like to think of this race as my first half marathon part two as this is when I fell in love with running.
The 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon I had a double ear infection and a fever, but that did not stop me in celebrating my one year love affair with RunDisney and my Runnniversary. Despite having a double ear infection and a 100 degree temperature I not only crossed the finish line with a smile on my face, but I also earned my first Coast to Coast medal!
The year was 2011 and the being of 13 Going on Crazy and what a wild and crazy ride that was! The 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon, this race was celebrated with my family, which made the start of 13 Going on Crazy even more special.
The culmination of 13 Going on Crazy was at the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon and it was definitely a weekend worth celebrating. Memories and friendship were made that weekend that I know will last a lifetime. Crossing the 13th finish line in 13 months was an exhilarating experience which taught me the value and lesson of setting your goals high! Regardless of how many finish lines I cross I always feel as though I could move mountains. This time I however felt that I could move not only the Matterhorn, but continents as well.
This year was the Inaugural 2013 Dumbo Double Dare and I had a blast! The energy, excitement, meeting up with friends that I only see at races, running through Disneyland and California Adventure, shopping at the expo, and celebrating between are all memories that will last a lifetime! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this years race! I can’t wait till the Labor Day 2014 Dumbo Double Dare!
Stay tuned for the second half of my favorite pictures from the Disneyland Half Marathon!
- QOTD: Did you participate in Inaugural 2013 Dumbo Double Dare? What did you think? Do you like back to back racing?