The Disney Half Marathon is an event I value in terms of family time. As a kid growing up in Houston, the idea that I would ever visit Disneyland was a far-fetched fantasy. My family vacations were times when I went to small towns in Texas and visited relatives. The fact that I have been to Disneyland more than once with my family is amazing to me.
The event comes at a great time for family vacations. The run takes place over Labor Day Weekend.
At one point in my career, I had a client on Ball Road in Anaheim. The offices were about two miles from Disneyland. When I took sales trips to visit this client, I would plan a route for my early morning runs through the Disneyland parking lot. Attending this half marathon brought back from fun memories.
Thank you to my second daughter and my son-in-law for planning and setting up our Disney trip. Congratulations to both my daughter and my son for running a fantastic Disney Half Marathon. Thank you to my fantastic wife for making certain that I got organized and in the car for the trip. Thank you to my second grandson and to my granddaughter for keeping my wife and me entertained!
Disney always does a great job with special events like their fun runs. The route for this run went through the theme parks California Adventure and Magic Kingdom and on through the major league baseball park for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and back to the Disneyland hotel.
I had forgotten how much walking I do in just spending a day in a Disney theme park. If a person enters the park when it opens and leaves when it closes, the person is in for 10-12 hours of standing and walking. Walking a half marathon at the slowest allowed speed takes 3 hours and 36 minutes. Therefore, every trip to a Disney theme park is takes a bit of energy, perhaps that of at least a half marathon walk.
In conclusion, going to Disneyland sounds like a frivolous outing. It always sounded that way to me. However, by the end of each day, I realized that I had a fair amount of exercise and some wonderful time with my family.
Image: Esbjorn Jorsater