Disneyland is one of the few places that can inspire amazement in children, teenagers, and adults alike. Whether your most memorable Disney moment is riding the Matterhorn for the first time, meeting Ariel, or watching Sleeping Beauty, it’s undeniable that Walt’s brainchild has an incredible impact on the childhood of most Americans. The nostalgia for Disney persists long after you’ve outgrown your favorite princess dresses because there really is something special about it.
After years of living in LA, a trip to Disneyland doesn’t feel so special since it’s so convenient to go there. A dozen visits later, standing in like for two hours on a hot California day makes a day in the park seem very uninviting. In an attempt to bring some of the magic back for adults who have forgotten it, the “Happiest Place on Earth” created the Run Disney series. Runners can now experience the euphoria of their childhoods as they run a marathon, half-marathon, 10-miler, or 5K through both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. These events give Disney more of a grown-up appeal while reminding adults of the happy days of childhood.
Recruit a group of friends for a weekend of fun that runners and non-runners alike will enjoy or plan your next family vacation! Run Disney events take place at both Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim. Choose a race at Disneyland and use the money you save not buying plane tickets to splurge on a resort hotel and park tickets. Or, have a real getaway and head off to Orlando for your running weekend. With every event, there are plenty of activities that spectators and children will enjoy, such as a 5K family fun run, kids’ races, pasta parties, and after parties in the parks.
Challenge yourself with a new race, enjoy a weekend vacation, and fall in love with the magic of Disney all over again. But, before you set off on your adventure, stop by one of these great running stores here in Los Angeles to grab everything you’ll need for race day: