runDisney Reveals Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Bling

Faron Kelley

by , Vice President of Sports, ESPN Wide World of Sports & Water Parks at Walt Disney World Resort

“So why do you run?” That is the question most often asked to runners by non-runners. “Why do you get up before dawn, oftentimes in miserable weather, to go do something that quite frankly does not look enjoyable?”

This is a question that is not lost on runners. In fact one of my favorite running shirts has emblazoned across the back, “My Sport is Your Sport’s Punishment” – a not so gentle nod to the bevy of coaches who have ever uttered the phrase “Gimme a lap!”

So why do we run? There are as many reasons as runners – “So I can eat what I want,” “To stay in shape,” “To clear my mind” – but there is one reason that seems to rise to the top among all our runDisney runners…”we run for the bling!” You see, there is nothing so rewarding as finishing a race and having a volunteer drape a beautifully crafted Disney medal around your neck. For that moment you feel as though you are an Olympian, and regardless of what place you’ve finished, you have earned that gold.
runDisney Reveals Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Bling

So with that said, I am pleased to reveal our latest entries into the pantheon of runDisney race medals: The 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K, Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K and the Dumbo Double Dare medals, all beautifully designed to say, “Here’s why I run.”


  • I ran the Tinker Bell in January and will be running the Dumbo Double Dare this year! I’m nervous because I am injured right now and haven’t been able to run, but I’ll make it through no matter what! This may be my last race and its the best ones to choose, because Disney runs are so fun and magical!

  • Have the Disney World metals for 2014 been released? I am running my first Disney Half Marathon in 2014. I can’t wait to see the metal.

  • They look great! But just to check – these are for 2013 and not 2014, right?

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