Pixie Dust Challenge Added to runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

In a move that will surprise no one who has followed runDisney in recent years, the popular race series announced a dual race challenge for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend in Disneyland.  Runners who complete the Tinker Bell 10K and Tinker Bell Half Marathon will receive the first-ever Pixie Dust Challenge medal.  Registration is set to open for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Tuesday, August 12, and those wishing to earn this special medal are advised to register ASAP.  The past two runDisney events have sold out in a mere two hours.  runDisney now has multi-race challenges in place for the WDW Marathon (January), Star Wars Half Marathon (January), Princess Half Marathon (February), Tinker Bell Half Marathon (May), and Disneyland Half Marathon (August).  Continue reading for more details from runDisney’s press release, and click here for our recap of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon

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From runDisney’s Press Release

The world’s most beloved fairy is offering runners a new adventure during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort in 2015.

The inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge, designed for runners with a pinch of Tinker Bell’s own sense of adventure, gives runners the thrill of running the Tinker Bell 10K and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Runners who complete the challenge will receive a specially-designed, fairy-themed medal.

Registration for the Pixie Dust Challenge and all other events for the May 7-10 race weekend begins Tuesday, August 12 at 12 pm EST/9 am PST at www.rundisney.com.  The event is expected to sell out quickly.  Earlier this year, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon sold out in less than two days after it opened for general registration.  More than 30,000 runners took part in the women-focused weekend of events centered on health, fitness and active lifestyles.

Start of 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Start of 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Jimmy DeFlippo courtesy of runDisney


In 2015, the race weekend will again be anchored by the 13.1-mile half marathon through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the streets of Anaheim.  The half marathon course will include music, entertainment and Disney characters at various junctures as well as runners in colorful costumes.

The race weekend also features fun for the whole family, including the Never Land 5K on Friday, May 8, and the runDisney Kids Races on Saturday, May 9.  Additional elements include:

  • There will be a runDisney Health and Fitness Expo Thursday through Saturday (May 7-9) showcasing the latest running merchandise, as well as guest speakers – all geared toward women.  The expo is free and open to the public.
  • Runners and their families can also attend the Pasta in the Park Party inside Disney California Adventure Park to “carb up” for the next morning’s races.  Families and friends can enjoy ChEAR Squad amenities to help them cheer on the runners.
  • Any participant who completes both the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May will earn a special pink version of the runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge Medal.  The coveted medal features the likeness of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse with a pink overlay and lanyard.


The Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend is one of four runDisney race weekends scheduled for 2015 at the Disneyland Resort, doubling the number of races held in 2013.

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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.