I have a special place in my heart for Disney running events. The 2007 Disneyland Half Marathon was my first half marathon and I have run this event every year since then. While I know these races can be very crowded and expensive, I have come away from every race with good, warmhearted memories and for that reason, I think they are worth the money once (and occasionally twice) a year.
The 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon was also the Inaugural year of Dumbo Double Dare where runners raced a 10K and the Half Marathon on 2 consecutive days (Saturday & Sunday). Both the Expo and the Half Marathon seemed to have worse organization and planning issues than in nearly every year I’ve run this race. Arriving at the Expo a day early was a terrible experience with the crowds. Race day was spectacular. The course support, from the numerous water stops to the amazing volunteers and spectators, was terrific. The course itself is mostly great – with a few exceptions. I posted a race recap on my blog: http://bit.ly/14hs5YN