2014 Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K
The alarm went off at 4am and Perfect Goofy Gail asked me, “How did you sleep?” I think I mumbled something like, “10 more minutes.” I really didn’t want to get up. I was sick and tired of getting up so early! These early wake up calls were beginning to take their toll on both of us.
We are getting up for our 6th out of 7 runDisney race in 11 days. We were going Coast to Coast by running the Dopey Challenge followed by #ALLTHERACES at Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend! However, we weren’t “officially” going to earn our Coast to Coast medal until February’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
Today’s race was the Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K with a start time of 6am – SIGH. Thank goodness we were staying on property in Disneyland Resort at the Disneyland Hotel. We only had to get dressed and skedaddle our butts downstairs to the start line on Disneyland Drive.
If you’ve run the Disneyland Half Marathon or Disneyland 10K the Tinker Bell corrals are in the same area, but this course runs in the opposite direction. It starts uphill running north rather than running downhill and south.
Soon Rudy and Carissa started the race and we were off! We quickly turned right to run backstage in Disneyland Park. We ran the access roads passing parade floats until we turned right again and were suddenly in the park. First stop – It’s a Small World – and it was lit up in its Holiday Overlay!
Then we ran down and to the right into Mickey’s Toontown! There we took our photo with Clarice and Daisy Duck. This stop was Mile Marker #1. From here we went back stage again on a different access road and the course took us back out into the park at Splash Mountain.
We ran down the hill to the absolute best runDisney photo stop EVER! In front of The Haunted Mansion was the parasol lady from the stretch room and The Bride! I have never seen these two characters outside the ride before! I was so impressed! And the best part – they remained in character! The Bride even told us to, “hurry baaaacccck….”
From there we ran around The Rivers of America to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon where Chip and Dale were waiting for us! Then we were off to Fantasyland and Mary Poppins with Burt and Mile Marker #2!
Quickly the course took us around the Matterhorn and into Tomorrowland. There we found Buzz Lightyear posing in front of Mission Control! We then ran up Main Street, U.S.A. and into Disney’s California Adventure to Mile Marker #3.
For another mile we ran through Condor Flats, Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier, Cars Land and Buena Vista Street into Hollywood Land stopping to take photos as we raced ahead. Then we ventured out onto South Harbor Blvd. Here we did a loop onto South Manchester Avenue and then to Disney Way and finally back to South Harbor. We did a quick right onto Katella and another right into Disneyland Drive and into the parking lot to the finish line!
I loved the Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K. It was an outstanding course! I would rate it second to the Inaugural Disneyland 10K ONLY because it did not take us through Sleeping Beauty Castle. The advantages over this race versus the Inaugural Disneyland 10K was that we ran more miles inside Disneyland Resort. Miles 1 through 4 were in both of the Disneyland parks and for that reason alone is why we all runDisney!
My ranking of the runDisney 10K’s:
- Inaugural Disneyland 10K: Course takes you through both DCA and Disneyland Park. Slight edge over Tinker Bell because you get to run through Sleeping Beauty Castle.
- Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K: Miles 1-4 are in Disneyland Resort! It doesn’t get any better….except if we ran through Sleeping Beauty Castle!!!
- Inaugural Princess Enchanted 10K: Shares the same course as WDW 10K, but has 11 character stops!
- Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K: I tried to block it out of my mind because it was so underwhelming.