Disneyland Half Marathon Expects More Than 17,000 Runners

Actor Sean
Astin to lead sold-out field along half-marathon course through
all-new Cars Land at newly reopened Disney California


ANAHEIM, Calif. – (Aug. 28, 2012) – The Happiest Race on Earth just got happier as runners in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will race Sept. 1 and 2 through the newly reopened Disney California Adventure Park, including Cars Land.


More than 17,000 registered half-marathon runners, including actor Sean Astin
(The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings), will get to motor
down Route 66 through Cars Land as they start their 13.1 mile
journey that takes them through Disneyland and Disney California
Adventure. In addition, runners will pass by the Matterhorn and
through Sleeping Beauty Castle, all before hitting the streets
of Anaheim and running through Angel Stadium of Anaheim. All
along the route runners will be greeted by cheering fans,
Disney characters, music and live entertainment.


This year’s sold-out
half-marathon field includes runners ages 14 – 78 from all 50
states and 19 countries. While all finishers receive a
Disneyland Half Marathon medal, more than 2,800 who ran a runDisney
race at Walt Disney World Resort earlier this year, will qualify to
receive a second medal – the runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal.


In addition to the half-marathon, other weekend events include the Cars Land 5K Rally, runDisney Kids’ Races
and a two-day Health and Fitness Expo where visitors can check
out the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech
gadgets as well as training information from runDisney training
consultant and 1972 Olympian Jeff Galloway, three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton and well-known running authors Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell.


About runDisney
RunDisney is a series of events providing runners unique opportunities
to run various distances through Disney theme parks. Race
participants earn Disney-themed medals, experience legendary
Disney entertainment and guest service and ultimately celebrate
their accomplishments with a Disney vacation. The original
event in the series, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
presented by Cigna, takes place in January followed by the Disney
Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February, The Twilight Zone Tower
of Terror 10-Miler in September and the Disney Wine & Dine
Half Marathon Weekend in November. Disneyland hosts the Tinker
Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January and the Disneyland Half
Marathon in September during Labor Day Weekend. More than
100,000 running enthusiasts participate in runDisney events
each year.


For more information, visit runDisney.com and follow us on Facebook (runDisney) and Twitter @runDisney.

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