During the TinkerBell Half Marathon Weekend, there are two races, the TinkerBell Half and the NeverLand 5k. I did the NeverLand 5k.
So basically, I did something I said I would never do unless someone was chasing me with a knife, at an hour I’m really not acquainted with. Especially from the front end.
And it was super duper fun!
While we were waiting, there were Pirates to taunt us. And to start the race! Fireworks! (Bet the people who live in the area LOVE the 5am fireworks!)
The NeverLand 5k is a fun run. It’s just over three miles, much of it behind the scenes of Disneyland. Most people were in costume and many walked. There were lots of characters to have your picture taken with, although the lines were too long for me to want to stand, freezing, to wait my turn.
Because people, 5am in Los Angeles in January is freaking cold!
We did stop and get our pictures taken with several of the parade floats that were out though! It was amazing to being able to stand and take in their splendor for a minute. They are beautiful and highly detailed. When you see them in the parade, there is so much going on that you don’t really get to appreciate them.
But most amazing was being able to see, at long last the fabled “back stage” of Disneyland. We ran through tunnels and down roads I had only heard rumors of. We got to smell the stables. We ran passed offices and buildings that are the unseen heart of the Magic Kingdom and instead of exposing the wizard as as a fraud, it only made it more special.
Next year, for my 45th birthday, I will be doing the NeverLand 5k and the TinkerBell half marathon. Who wants to join me?
And lastly, I had to take a picture of this tshirt. These girls were running for their sister who had chemo the day before and wasn’t up for it.