What You Need To Know. Last Minute Disneyland Half Marathon Tips.
Running your first Disneyland race, some of these tips may be helpful to you.
- First, test your costume. You never know what issues could pop up. Run in it before race day.
- If you buy shoes at the expo and plan on wearing them, break them in first.
- Pack your drop bag and waist pack now. I pack hand wipes, a phone charger, cord, travel sized sunscreen, and gels or snacks. Do not wait until the last-minute. You will most likely forget something.
- Bring a water bottle. It's going to be in the nineties.
- Bring a charger for your phone. The camera will run down your battery.
- Plan to arrive early. The security checkpoint lines can get long.
- Use the bathroom before the race. If portable toilets are not your thing, use the bathroom in Downtown Disney by Starbucks and the Earl of Sandwich.
- Bring cash some of the quick serve restaurants are open. You can get your coffee here.
- Bring a few Band-Aids, in case you get a blister. Waiting for a medical tent could make it worse.
- Race day apply Vaseline, body glide, or Trislide all over your body to prevent chafing. Do not forget armpits.Men use it on your nipples.
- Put on Sunscreen in the corral. Seriously, after 90 minutes of sweating, it will be gone. Reapply at a water stop. Even when it's overcast UV rays can cause sunburn.
- Bring shower wipes if you cannot shower. If you think you don't stink, do it as a courtesy to others. So many people go to the parks after without a shower, and it does not bother me personally, but sometimes, you just stink.
If you are afraid of being swept:
Many runners are fearful of the sweepers, but as long as you do not start at the very back of the last corral, you can stop worrying so much.
Let us talk about the dreaded Balloon Ladies. I have done research, and they are all volunteers from the Jeff Galloway Running Program. They do not work for Disney. They are there to help you; they do not want you to fail. The Balloon Ladies wait until each runner has crossed the starting mat before starting and keep a strict 16-minute mile pace. If they pass you, it is possible that race officials will pick you up.
I have even seen some Ballon Ladies on Facebook state they will also wait a minute or two after the last person starts. The Balloon Ladies are not your enemy.
My two cents are this if you are signing up for a race and are worried about being swept why bother with the photo ops. Yes, I get this is a Disney race, but it is still a running event. I don't care if you run or walk either. There are time limits. If you know, you cannot make it in time then either sign up for the untimed 5k or train harder. Or just take a run by the selfie.
Another option is to train very hard for a winter 10k when it is cooler and run as fast as you can and use that as your qualifying time for a corral. I am slow too. However, if you know, you can run a 10k at a good pace why not? Start in the back of your corral and do not slow anyone else down. If this puts you two corrals ahead of the last corral, you just bought yourself another ten plus minute grace period.
The bottom line is if you run a fifteen-minute mile, do not stop for all the photo opportunities. Disney makes it easy for the slower runners. The balloon ladies are giving you a considerable grace period. Plan, and have a great race, people!