Jimmy Grabow 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Champion Over Labor Day Weekend

This Labor Day weekend Disneyland Resort hosted the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon.  With more than 32,000 runners lining up for one (or more) of the races including a 5K, 10K, and the signature half marathon.  Many runners participated in more than one event, including more than 6,000 doubling their running fun during the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon Sunday in the Dumbo Double Dare challenge.  Jimmy Grabow became the first ever three-time champion with the second-fastest Disneyland Half Marathon time ever, and Momoko Tanaka from Japan successfully defended her women’s title.  A number of Adventures by Daddy readers (and contributors) participated in the races over the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend including George Gensler and Sarah Woloski.  Check out the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast below to hear Sarah’s thoughts on the race.  Were you among the crowd?  If so, how did your race go?  Let us know in the comments below.

2016 Disneyland Half Marathon

Sarah Woloski running the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon

From runDisney’s Press Release

Jimmy Grabow of Running Springs, Calif., chalked up his third win in five years Sunday at the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon presented by Cigna. Grabow, who previously won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013, turned in one of his best performances this time, covering the 13.1-mile course in 1:06:13. That time ranks as the second-fastest Disneyland Half Marathon time in the race’s 11-year history, surpassed only by Grabow’s 2012 winning time of 1:05:25.

2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Male Winner

Jimmy Grabow of Running Springs, Calif. won the men’s 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon, image courtesy runDisney.

Grabow, 31, led the field of nearly 15,000 runners early in the race before easily crossing the finish line ahead of everyone else. The win makes Grabow the race’s first three-time winner.

“I felt really good today, the weather this time of year is great, the course was great and the volunteers cheering on were awesome,” said Grabow. “Where else can you run through the parks and then around the bases at the Angel’s stadium, it’s a good race event.”

Brandon Wolfe, 24, from Fullerton, Calif., came in second with a time of 1:08:04. Patrick Fernandez, 29, from La Verne, Calif., was third (1:11:10).

2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Female Winner

Momoko Tanaka of Japan, defended her Disneyland Half Marathon women’s title by winning the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon with a time of 1:19:31, image courtesy runDisney.


Momoko Tanaka, 30, of Maihama Urayasu, Japan, defended her women’s title and bested her time from last year by more than two minutes by winning in 1:19:31. Jenny Kadavy, 33, from Clayton Calif., was second with a time of 1:20:40 and Lindsey Carter, 35, from Huntington Beach, Calif., finished third with a time of 1:26:04.

“I am really pleased with winning this year again because I was out in the park with my sister until 11 p.m. last night and I was a little worried that I’d be too tired for the race,” said Tanaka. “The weather was great and I was able to relax and get into a comfortable pace early in the race.”

The 13.1-mile course took runners through Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Park, Angel Stadium, and four Orange County cities, with the final stretch going past Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel. All along the route, runners were greeted by cheering fans, music, and live entertainment.

2016 Disneyland Half Marathon

Finish line of 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon, image courtesy runDisney


The next runDisney race at Disneyland Resort is the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend November 10-13, 2016 and it will be the second of nine runDisney race weekends during the 2016-2017 race season. Registration spots are available for the Doctor Strange 10K and the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon as well as the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (runners completing both the 10K and the half marathon).

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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.