Disney Half Marathon Pricing More Than a Bit Goofy
Do not take me for a Disney hater. I have been a frequent flyer of the Flying Dumbo ride since the 60's when the monorail was considered part of "Tommorowland." My kids have been on a Disney cruise and punched their ticket to Disneyland at least five times before they were ten...and yes, my daughter was at one point a Disney princess.
Yes, they have some of the best SWAG going when it comes to race bling, but $205 for a half marathon???
I am a fanatic when it comes to running and admit, I haven't done Disney yet as my kids have grown out of the demographic. I know, I know, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy Disney and I still do. I would like to run the Star Wars Half at some point as that would likely be the coolest medal in my bookcase aside from my unicorns. I just can't see it.
I suppose I could see some value in it being a "destination race," particularly if you have a family with little ones in tow so it becomes a "win-win" for the family. But there are other fantastic destination half marathons to consider. Competitor Magazine's January 2016 Issue features their Ultimate Running and Racing Guide with plenty of options.
One of my favorite half marathons is right here in Colorado; the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon. The current registration (early bird) price? $50. I'd argue that the mountains of Colorado offer a destination value that rivals Disneyland with historic mining towns "book-ending" the start and finish line. Another local favorite in Denver is the Platte River Half Marathon which also opened up at $50 (early bird) pricing, and is currently $70. Use my BibRave discount code (Bibrave10) for 10% off. The Platte River Half Marathon includes downtown Littleton, the (you guessed it) Platte River and historic Buckhorn Exchange which is the oldest restaurant in Denver.
I can see perhaps some novelty of running through the Disney park itself, but I've heard of other reviews of their races and the park itself was a small portion of the race with less than picturesque scenery along the rest of the route. I was looking for a course map on their site and and it only provides a description that includes "picturesque" Anaheim and "past the Honda center." Oh boy, an arena parking lot! Sign me up...for a different race. I think Colorado wins the scenery "bang for the buck" here.
I would love to hear from those Disney runner fans out there about their experience.