Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Returns this September 1-4

This weekend, the Disneyland Resort returns with another fun-filled runDisney event. The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, presented by Cigna, will feature a variety of races for all to enjoy. Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, this event will surely create life-long memories.


Get set to double your running fun in the place where dreams come true as some of Disney’s most beloved duos cheer you along on spectacular runs on amazing courses. Join Mickey & Pluto, Aladdin and the Genie, the Country Bear’s Liver Lips and Al, along with Dumbo and Timothy for awesome runs in the most magical place on Earth. It’s a Disney character-filled weekend with special events, Disney entertainment, the Disneyland® Half Marathon and 10K, runDisney Kids Races and the Dumbo Double Dare.

This runDisney event is set to “run” from September 1-4. Beginning on September 1, runners can pick up their participation packets, shop athletic booths and even pick up exclusive runDisney merchandise at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, located at the Disneyland Hotel. If you plan on attending, check out the expo hours below. Also, not to forget, a handful of panels and talks will be given during the expo.

  • Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Friday, September 2, 2016 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Saturday, September 3, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

In addition to the run itself, several streets surrounding the resort will be closed to ensure runners are safe during the event. The City of Anaheim posts a full list of street closures a few days leading up to the 10k and half marathon races. Runner’s event guides from the Health & Fitness Expo will also list out street closures. Be sure to keep an eye out and plan accordingly.

One of the many exciting things about a runDisney event is seeing all the neat costumes! From detailed costumes to clever group ideas, the options are endless. But, if you do plan to wear a costume, there are a few guidelines you should know about. According to the official runDisney site, costume regulations are as followed;

Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. All participants and their Guests may dress as their favorite character, but must follow these guidelines as determined solely by Disney.

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • For runDisney participants ages 13 and under:
    • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
  • For runDisney participants ages 14 and older:
    • Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
    • Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g. Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.
    • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
    • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
    • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
    • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
    • Guests may not wear masks of any kind.

Please note that while costumed attire may be worn during runDisney events, Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumed attire in the theme parks. As a result, Guests may need to change their attire prior to visiting the parks after participating in a runDisney race.

As for race dates and start times, here is the full rundown…

  • Disneyland® 5K presented by Cigna®
    Friday, September 2, 2016
    Start time: 5:30 AM
    Start/Finish: Disneyland® Resort
  • Disneyland® 10K presented by Cigna®
    Saturday, September 3, 2016
    Start time: 5:30 AM
    Start/Finish: Disneyland® Resort
  • runDisney Kids Races presented by GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce on the Go
    Saturday, September 3, 2016
    Start time: 9:00 AM
    Location: Downtown Disney® District near ESPN Zone®
  • Disneyland® Half Marathon presented by Cigna®
    Sunday, September 4, 2016
    Start time: 5:30 AM
    Start/Finish: Disneyland® Resort

Lastly, be sure to get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. It’s going to be a hot one this weekend. If you would like more information on this event or any upcoming runDisney events, please click here.

Will you be running in any races at the Disneyland Resort this weekend?