Sunday, May 8, 2016 • Anaheim, CA • Course Map
Designed especially for women runners of all ages — moms, daughters, aunts, wives, sisters, nieces, grandmothers and granddaughters — Disney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon, 10K & Never Land 5K makes its 5th annual running on in 2016, along a course that takes runners through the heart of Anaheim’s Disneyland Park and where every runner who crosses the Fairy Finish line will earn their “wings” with a Tinker Bell-themed race finisher medal.
The race organizers at Disney add that it’s a race especially for “fairies and princesses,” so expect plenty of runners to come out for the race dressed out as their favorite Disney princess character. More than 13,000 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon in 2014, with another 8,300 finishing the Tinker Bell 10K.
Runners start the race on Disneyland Drive along the western edge of the park, near the Paradise Pier Hotel and the section of the park known as “Downtown Disney.” From there, the course heads first on a loop around the roads that wind around the edges of the park, along Disneyland Drive north to Ball Road, where runners head east and then turn right again onto Harbor Boulevard. They follow Harbor Boulevard south all the way down to the entrance to the park just south of Manchester Avenue, and then turn right into the park.
Here’s where the race really gets going, of course, as runners turn off the main road and head into the Disneyland park itself. The route takes runners past a string of the park’s most well-known and beloved attractions, from Toon Town, Fantasyland and the Matterhorn to Space Mountain, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and a run down Main Street U.S.A.
The race will also take runners right past Tinker Bell’s own Pixie Hollow, past Tom Sawyer’s Island and Frontierland, and then run west through the shops and restaurants of Downtown Disney on the way back out of the park and onto Magic Way and Walnut Street.
The next stretch of the race — which lasts for about the next seven miles — takes runners out of the Disneyland resort and onto the streets of Anaheim. Runners will follow Walnut Street north to Ball Road, where they’ll turn right and head east to Disneyland Drive once again and turn left.
That will take runners north all the way to West Broadway, where they’ll turn right and head east toward Anaheim’s City Hall. Next, they’ll make their way back down Harbor Boulevard toward Disneyland, making a loop around Anaheim Boulevard, Lewis Way and Disney Drive before heading back into the park a second time.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Southern California, just over 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Anaheim typically sees mild to moderately warm and typically very dry weather in May, a month when temperatures here have been recorded as low as 45 degrees (in 1999) and as high as 106 degrees (in 2004).
On the day of the race (May 8), the average low is 57ºF and the average high is 78ºF.
- $230 for the half marathon, until sold out
To reserve your spot in the May 2016 Disney Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Pixie Dust Challenge, Tinker Bell 10K and Never Land 5K, visit the race website for more info.
Official Race Website
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