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Disneyland Resort plans for new women-oriented half marathon

The January event is slated to draw 10,000 participants.

By Brandon RussellPublished: April 21, 2011 02:42 PM

Disneyland Resort and the city of Anaheim next January will host a new Tinker Bell Half Marathon – specifically geared toward women.

The newest runDisney event is expected to attract more than 10,000 runners, and will give women and girls nationwide the opportunity to support healthier lifestyles while taking participants on a 13.1-mile tour through Disneyland, California Adventure and several city landmarks.

“We’re proud to be the home of the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend,” said Mayor Tom Tait. “It’s events like this that give a city heart and character. I’m happy to welcome the thousands of runners and their friends and families to Anaheim.”

 The event comes in addition to the popular Disneyland Half Marathon, which takes place at the destination over Labor Day weekend. And, it follows on the success of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

“Women runners and half marathons are part of a growing and popular trend within the running world – and that’s evident by the rapid success of our Princess Half Marathon at Walk Disney World,” said Kathleen Duran, Disney Sports endurance manager. “This new Tinker Bell event at Disneyland embraces that trend and provides thousands of women another unique opportunity to spread their fairy wings and showcase women’s fitness, health and an active lifestyle in a relaxed, fun and family vacation environment.”

The course will feature music, entertainment, Disney characters and runners dressed in Tinker Bell costumes, and will conclude at Disneyland. To celebrate the spirit of the event and the history of Disneyland, runners who complete the race will receive a new Tinker Bell “wings” medal.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend will also feature a variety of additional activities, including the Neverland Family Fun Run 5K, as well as a health and fitness expo tailored for women.

It all takes place Jan. 27-29; registration is currently open. For more information, visit rundisney.com.

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