This morning was the Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K at the Disneyland Resort. Spoiler Alert: I think the 10K today may have bumped the Tink Half Marathon from my #1 runDisney spot! It was simply perfection. runDisney put on a wonderful race.
The morning started out with that early wake-up call and meet up with my fellow running pals. First up was the Club 33 China Plate group.
April, Yanni, Sarah and I loved this concept and loved the reality even more!
We had so many people stop us on the course or give us shout-outs over these costumes! A home run, for sure! For those that asked, the costumes consist of a White Linen Sparkle Skirt with a custom overlay made by Vicky Runs. Her Etsy Shop can be found here. The shirts were Champion brand and the vinyl was made by Miranda Connelly. Her Etsy Shop can be found here. We are thrilled that everyone loved them and hope you feel free to order your own from SparkleSkirts, Vicky & Miranda!
April and I decided to stick together today for most of the race. It was all about the pictures you know! Tomorrow the real work happens #WhompWhomp but today was all about the fun!
We started the race off with the usual fanfare from Rudy and Carissa and heading right into Disneyland. The backstage was our first stop. There we saw some great floats and smelled some goats. Fun, but we were dying to head into the park where we would see some of the characters!
Well, dying to see characters was pretty apt. After passing on some chipmunks (I think) in Toon Town, we found a queue for the Haunted Mansion. Yes. They had characters out. You could hear people putting on the hard stop to back up and get in line. And what a line it was!
So worth it! I have never seen these characters on a race course (or anywhere else in the parks!) We were all thrilled when we saw them. I’m not sure I ever calmed down after this. Truly- I was not feeling the whole “running” thing this morning. I was in a funk and in a mood. But this— yeah, this turned the whole morning around!
I was also THRILLED when I heard my name called and saw my cousin Janice running up to me! This was Janice’s first 10K and her first runDisney event. Annnndddd… she’s hooked. I hear she will be running again for Autism Speaks at the Disneyland Half! Way to go Janice!
About this time Amy and April found us. DisBroads reunited! We ran about half the race together after this until April heard “You are 4 minutes above pace” and decided that was way too close for comfort! She and Amy finished about 14 minutes ahead of me and made up some time. We also ran into Summer and our friend Kirsten on the course around the Mary Poppins line.
The Arizona PbRC crew was also running around our same pace. I loved chatting with my new BRF and really can’t wait to get settled in Arizona to be with them more often! The power of the internet: you have running friends everywhere!
|This CM had the best “cowbell”- his HUGE keyring!
|Yes, those are my PR Sole Sandals from Gone for a Run!
Did you run the Tinker Bell 10K today? What did you think about the race?
Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com