runDisney AVENGERS Super Heroes Half Marathon Coming to Disneyland in November 2014

As festivities wound down on the 2014 Princess Half Marathon, runDisney teased an announcement of something new.  A chalk drawing appeared on the Downtown Disney sidewalk with the phrase #SmashTheHalf.  Runners speculated that “smash” referred to The Hulk, and a Marvel/Avengers themed half marathon was coming.  Today runDisney confirmed the Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon would smash the sidewalks of the Disneyland Resort in November 2014.  The Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon coincides with the release of THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON coming to theaters May 1, 2015.  Continue reading for more details from runDisney’s press release.

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Update March 7, 2014

Pricing announced for the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and 5K

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

  • $195 by April 29, 2014
  • $210 between April 30 and June 24, 2014
  • $225 on or after June 25, 2014

Avengers Super Heroes 5K

  • $70 by August 20, 2014
  • $80 on or after August 21, 2014

Original post from February 25, 2014 follows below…

From runDisney’s Press Release

runDisney is expanding its portfolio of race weekends, adding a new Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA to debut November 14-16, 2014.

The new three-day race weekend will involve kids races, a 5K and a half marathon, plus several family-friendly events such as a Health & Fitness Expo and a pre-race Pasta in the Park Party.  Registration opens March 25 at

With Super Hero-themed entertainment and characters, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend will be a unique runDisney experience.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this Super Hero collaboration to create this new runDisney race weekend for runners everywhere,’’ said Tom Wolber, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises and Downtown Disney.  “Our runDisney events continue to be hugely popular and by joining forces with the Avengers brand, we expect this race will appeal to an even broader range of runners in Southern California whom we hope will see this event as the perfect opportunity to unleash their inner Super Hero in a race to a personal triumph.’’

runDisney Avengers Super Hero Half Marathon

“runDisney races are a natural fit because our comic book Super Heroes embody many of the same brand attributes as runDisney, such as heroism and intensity with a heavy dose of fun,’’ said Dan Buckley, president of TV, Publishing and Brand Management for Marvel Entertainment.  “This race weekend will have a very distinct atmosphere that will appeal to comic book fans and runDisney fans.’’

The Avengers event is expected to be in high demand much like other runDisney race weekends, which have sold out in record time in recent years.  Overall, runDisney race weekends attracted more than 163,900 runners last year – a 40 percent increase over the previous year, making the runDisney series one of the largest in the nation.

The Avengers Half Marathon Weekend will be the eighth runDisney event and third at Disneyland Resort, joining the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend (May 7-10, 2015) and the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (Aug. 28-31, 2014) at Disneyland Resort.

But the Avengers Half Marathon course will be a new 13.1-mile route through the Disneyland Resort and surrounding areas that will differ from the Tinker Bell and Disneyland half marathon courses.  Runners who successfully brave the new Avengers Half Marathon course will receive a commemorative Avengers-themed finishers’ medal.

unDisney Avengers Super Hero Half Marathon

What do you think of runDisney’s announcement?  Are you excited to “Assemble” for a Marvel themed half marathon?  There’s further speculation that this isn’t the only new race being added to the runDisney calendar.  Rampant rumors of a Star Wars themed race, possibly in May to coincide with Walt Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends, and perhaps replacing the Expedition Everest Challenge abound.  Maybe an announcement about that option following the Expedition Everest Challenge, time will tell…  For more running adventures, family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.