1st Half: Disneyland 1/2 Marathon, September 5, 2010
2nd Half: lululemon Vasona Lake Run 1/2 Marathon, September 6, 2010
Originally, I was signed up for the Disneyland 1/2. But, when the lululemon Vasona Lake Run 1/2 in Los Gatos, CA opened up and offered a lululemon tech T to all their registrants, I decided to take the plunge.
Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Expo
|Disneyland 1/2 Health and Fitness Expo|
Bib pickup is outside and down the ramp:
After picking up my bib, I went up the ramp and into the Expo to pickup my tech T and goodie bag.
|The 5k Cotton T. (I didn't do the 5k.)|
|The 1/2 Marathon tech T. (The lighting made the blue color look darker than it is.)|
|The 5th Anniversary bling.|
|The 5th Disneyland 1/2 Marathon display. Folks were posing for pics with it all day.|
The audience was delighted that Jeff Galloway, former Olympian, and renowned running coach was signed on as a training consultant for Disney events. He gave seminars on both days at the Expo and also signed books at the Disney booth.
|Jeff Galloway, training consultant for Disney events, speaks at the seminars.|
I got to enjoy Disneyland for 1 day on Saturday, compliments of Disney.
Earlier this year, I volunteered in the "Give a Day, Get a Day" program.for Project Open Hand. I helped to prepare meals for the sick, the elderly and/or those less fortunate. In return, I received a voucher for a "1 Day, 1 Park" Disney ticket.
|Disney gave me a "Honorary VoluntEAR!" button along with my park pass.|
|My favorite ride: Pirates of the Caribbean.|
|The Haunted Mansion was under refurbishment for the upcoming Halloween season and was closed. sniff... sniff...|
|It's a Small World!|
I slept well, which was unusual. Perhaps, it was because I did this event last year and knew what to expect.
My goal: Have fun and don't get injured to run another 1/2 the next day.
Waiting for the event to start. Oh...the anticipation!!!
|From Corral C. I felt like we were packed in like sardines.|
The race started and off we went. California Adventure was the 1st park we ran thru.
|The World of Colors at California Adventure.|
|I stopped for some bears along the way.|
We exited California Adventures and went in thru the front of Disneyland.
|Then, I stopped for the Princess and the Frog.|
I snapped a couple of more pics as we headed towards the iconic Cinderella's Castle.
|A witch was on a balcony at Cinderella's Castle.|
|The Honda Center, aka The Pond|
|The excitement builds as we head towards Angels Stadium.|
|The big "A" in the Angels parking lot.|
|The scoreboard inside Angels Stadium.|
|Heading back to the Disney parks.|
So, that makes 1 - 1/2 marathon down, and 1 - 1/2 marathon to go the next day.
When I realized I finished at 2:54:11, I was concerned that I might not have been too conservative this time out for tomorrow's 1/2.
Personally, I always have enjoyed Disney events because they are fun. But, because they are very pricey, I wouldn't be doing them annually.
- Characters along the way.
I'll put up the lululemon Vasona Lake Run 1/2 report the next day.