The Tinker Bell 10k holds a special place in my heart. This was the first runDisney race, actually first race, that I've ever run alone. I was super nervous about running by myself... but I really enjoyed it! No worries about keeping a certain pace and I could hop to the side to take a picture without having to keep track of my running buddy. Without further ado, here's my recap!
Tinker Bell 10k Race Recap
The Tinker Bell 10k started early on Saturday morning. I made my way over to the start line from my hotel on Harbor Blvd. I had to cross the esplanade (between the two parks) and go through Downtown Disney, but it was really easy and straight forward.
Once at the end of Downtown Disney, I took a left and headed to the corrals.
I didn't go into the runner pre-race area and just headed to my corral instead.
The area where the pre-race area feeds into the corrals was right between corrals D and E. I turned to the left and headed towards corral A. It was a long walk, but I was so excited- this was also my first time being in corral A!
A pre-race photo. I figured I had to be Tink at some point during the weekend! I started towards the end of corral A.
While waiting for the race to begin, I happened to meet Tracy (@ATurtlesPace) and her daughter, Dawnley (@Hipster_Runner). Tracy was so kind and gave me a #run3rd bracelet. Congrats to both on the race! :)
The race start and soon we were into Toon Town in Disneyland.
I love all the details, even in the backstage areas.
My first ever character photo during a race!!! So cool!
More Disneyland sunrise photos. When else can you experience this?
Chip & Dale! Sadly I don't know who is who.
Buzz! This one was for my hubby who's favorite character is Buzz. :)
No race is complete without a castle photo.
Heading down Main Street on our way to CA Adventure!
Running past The Little Mermaid ride in California Adventure.
Something to note- fellow racers are awesome! Every time I went to take a selfie, I had at least one other runner ask if they could take the picture for me. It was a mutual thing, everyone was helping each other out. So great!
We exited the Disney property around mile 4 at Harbor Blvd and Disney Way. I've stayed at almost all the hotels on Harbor, so the course was very familiar to me- I think it helped to pass the time.
I also took the time to place a quick phone call to my husband! He was off on an adventure of his own (apartment hunting in Texas) and hearing his encouragement kept me going. :)
On Disney Way with about a mile to go!
The finisher's chute funnels into the Simba parking lot.
Tinker Bell 10k complete!
I really enjoyed this race. The 10k distance was perfect and could even be my race distance of choice if I wasn't already hooked on half marathons. Most of the race was through the parks and the last couple miles were still on familiar roads. I truly took it easy and just went at my own pace with no time goals in mind.
If you're a new runner considering a runDisney event, the Tinker Bell 10k is perfect for you. The distance is great- not too long, but still a challenge- and the course is so fun. Lots of photo ops and great theming.
The next Tinker Bell 10k will be over Mother's Day in 2015!