The Disneyland Half Marathon is making its long-awaited return in 2024! Runners can look forward to a magical race weekend filled with events, entertainment, and plenty of Disney magic January 11-14, 2024 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Overview of the 2024 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
The 2024 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will feature four in-person running events over the course of three days:
Disneyland 10K – A 6.2 mile race around the Disneyland Resort area and both theme parks. Taking place on Saturday, January 13, 2024.
Disneyland Half Marathon – The main event, a 13.1 mile course through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and the streets of Anaheim. Scheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2024.
Dumbo Double Dare – Run the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday for a 19.3 mile challenge and an extra medal!
In addition to the in-person races, there will also be kids races and a virtual 5K during race weekend. Runners who participate in multiple race distances can complete the Dumbo Double Dare for bonus bling! Registration opened in February 2023 and sold out quickly for all events due to high demand. However, interested runners can still sign up for the virtual 5K option.
Course and Race Details
While the exact start times and courses have not yet been announced, previous Disneyland Half Marathon Weekends provide an idea of what to expect. The 5K and 10K will likely start between 5-6 AM with the half marathon going off around 5:30 AM. Based on past years, the start line will be outside the Disneyland Hotel and the finish line will be in the Downtown Disney District. Runners can expect to be treated to an exclusive opportunity to run through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, backstage areas, and the streets of Anaheim and Garden Grove. Popular sights along the course include Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Cars Land, Pixar Pier, and the Honda Center. On-course entertainment and beloved Disney characters will provide motivation throughout the races. Spectators will find plenty of spots to cheer on runners, especially in the parks.
Race Medals and Merchandise
One of the highlights for many runners is the uniquely themed medals awarded at the finish line. Disney unveiled the 2024 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend medals in October 2023, featuring mid-century modern Disneyland designs. The 5K medal has a vintage Disneyland map design with Pluto and Goofy. The 10K medal shows Space Mountain with Donald and Daisy. Finally, the Half Marathon medal features Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with Mickey and Minnie. There will also be a variety of event-branded merchandise available. The merchandise line-up includes race weekend branded apparel such as jackets, hats, pins, and more. Expect plenty of opportunities to purchase keepsakes at both the Health & Fitness Expo and finish line.
Registration Tips for 2025
While the 2024 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is already sold out, runners interested in participating in 2025 should plan ahead. Registration for the 2024 races opened 10 months in advance and sold out in hours. Demand will likely remain high in 2025 as runners look forward to returning to Disneyland. Be ready to register right when registration opens to the general public. Sign up for runDisney email alerts and follow their social media for announcements on exact registration dates. Joining the Club runDisney membership program ($100 annually) grants early registration access. Also consider booking a RunDisney travel package, which includes guaranteed race entry.
Tips for Running the Disneyland Half Marathon
Running 13.1 magical miles through Disney Parks takes training and preparation. Here are some tips for conquering the Disneyland Half Marathon course:
Train for the terrain – Be ready for some hills and overpasses, especially in the Anaheim area near Angel Stadium. Practice running on inclined surfaces.
Break in your shoes – Don’t race in brand new shoes! Wear well-broken in running shoes to avoid blisters.
Fuel up properly – Proper nutrition and hydration is key. Carb load a few days before and eat a high protein meal the night prior.
Get plenty of sleep – Rest up in the days leading up to the race. Sleep is crucial for muscle recovery.
Have fun! – This is a once in a lifetime experience! Take character photos and enjoy the Disney magic.
Enjoy the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
The 2024 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend is sure to be an unforgettable experience for runners of all ages and skill levels. After a years-long hiatus, it’s so exciting to have runDisney races return to Disneyland. Whether you plan on participating or spectating, runners will be treated to a memorable weekend filled with Disney magic, entertainment, and miles of fun. Experience the excitement of racing through Disney Parks and enjoy the perfect Disney racecation!