Dumbo Double Dare 2015

This past weekend I ran in Disney’s Dumbo Double Dare. The race consists of a 10k on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday. They are intense. For running the two races you receive an extra medal, the Dumbo Double dare medal. 

The 10k 

The 10k started bright and dark. I was in my corral before 5 am. The race starts at 5:30 am. The theme of the race was Villians. Of course Cruel and Maleficent stopped by to kick off the race.  I dressed up as Snow White rather than a Villian. 

in my corral waiting for the race to start

Once the race began you got to run through part of the streets of Anehiem, California Adventure, Disneyland, Downtown Disney, and finishing by Disneyland hotel. 

photo ops during the race

Finishing was the best part and I really liked the medal. It was a replica of the Magic Mirror. 

 

after crossing the finish
    

magic mirror 10k medal

It was a great race, but I had to rest up for the half the next day. 

The half marathon 

Not only was Disneyland celebrating their 60th but the Disneyland half was celebrating their 10th anniversary. 

I was a feeling good after the 10k so I felt confident running the half.  I dressed as Minnie Mouse for the half and taped up my knees. I have previous knee injuries so I find that KT tape helps a girl with two bad knees continue running all these races. 

  

  

Mickey and Minnie kicking off the race
    

I didn’t stop for pictures on the race. I did take this at mile 5. It is wonderful running in Disneyland. The whole city of Anaheim is there to support all the runners. From marching bands, to different culture organizations everyone is cheering you on. It’s amazing. 

 

at the finish
 
all the bling
 

 
The half marathon medal was special this year. It spun around in the center. It was awesome 

Well that’s another race in the books. So happy I had my friends and my mom to cheer me on. Thanks to all the people that volunteered, strangers that passed out wet sponges, all the organizations and classic car owners that were out cheering us on. No race compares to RunDisney. I’ve been running them for several years and I plan on running them for as long as I live. I hope this inspires you to run or volunteer for a race. Thanks for reading. Have a magical day. 

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Disneyland half Marathon Weekend 2015 Packet Pick Up 

It’s another race weekend at the happiest place on earth. I’m signed up for Dumbo Double Dare, a 10k on Saturday followed by a Half Marathon on Sunday.  It’s also the 10th anniversary of the 5k and the Disneyland half. 

I headed over the first day of the expo to pick up my packet and get some cool merchandise. 

   
      One day I’ll be a legacy runner. To be a legacy runner you have to run a half marathon from the inaugural race for a consecutive 5 years and all the other years after that.   

  
            

New Balance the official shoes of Run Disney has three styles at the expo, these are exclusive to Run Disney events. There is a Steamboat Minnie, Steamboat Mickey, and Tinkerbell. I have the Cinderella ones from 2014. They are good for 10ks but not for half marathons 

      

  

picked up my packet and now im done
 

My haul from the expo. I got the car magnets which I put on the fridge. I did get a coast to coast one since I did the coast to coast earlier this year. I got some pins too and a necklace. 

magnets and pins
   

And I bought two jackets. The red is fleece lined it runs a bit big not sure if it’s a men’s jacket. I got a small and I’m usually a medium. The blue one is a running performance jacket. They are pricey at $74.95 but I did get 20% with my AP discount.    These are the race shirts. When you do Dumbo Double Dare not only do you get the Dumbo Double Dare shirt you get the 10k and half marathon shirts as well. I love the designs this year.  

Thanks for reading and stay tune for more posts about the 10k and half marathon. Wish me luck! Have a magical day. 

The Fairest of them All running costume

I decided to run as Snow White for the Disneyland Half 2014. I ran as Belle for the 10k, tutorial on that costume is the previous post. I will say that my inspiration came from another blog. http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2011/10/snow-white-disneyrunning-costume-tutorial/

Supplies 

  1. Blue tank top
  2. Elastic band (wider width)
  3. Large Snaps
  4. Blue ribbon
  5. Red ribbon
  6. Red fabric for cap (one yard)
  7. White fabric for collar
  8. Stiff Interfacing (Jo Ann’s workers were very nice in helping me pick which one I needed)
  9. Yellow running skirt (mine was from http://sparkleathletic.com)
  10. Red bow headband

First measure the elastic around your arm and cut. Sew on snaps this will make it easier to put on. I didn’t follow the blog I played with the length of the ribbon and cut them a bit longer.

Cut 2 pieces of blue ribbon 10″ long

Cut 2 pieces of blue ribbon 11″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 10″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 11″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 9″ long

Then machine sew the ribbon to the elastic. IMG_3087

I sewed two different seams to make sure it would not unravel.  Then I pinned it like the blog suggested and hand sewed it to the tank. I hand sewed the cape on as well. IMG_3090

The collar was a bit tricky. I did my own pattern out of parchment paper (using the blog as a guide) then traced it on the interfacing and cut it out. Use the interfacing as a guide to cut the white fabric leaving some room for the seam. The sewing of the fabric around the interfacing was a big problem but in the end it turned out ok.  My sewing skills are very basic. I think another option would be to use fabric glue and glue the fabric on the interfacing. I then positioned the collar, pinned it,  and hand sewed it.

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I didn’t take any pictures along the race course, but here are the medals I got for running Dumbo Double Dare.

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It was a great race! I can’t wait to run Dumbo Double Dare 2015. It will be the 10th anniversary for the Disneyland Half marathon. Can’t wait to see the special medal for that race! Hope this inspires you to create your costume for your next race.