Tinkerbell Expo 2014

I was really excited about going to California for the runDisney Tinkerbell half marathon weekend, it was my first one! Not only that, but my mom had never been to Disneyland, ever, so I couldn’t wait to show her around. The first thing we did after check in and grabbing some lunch was head to the expo. We were staying at the Grand Californian, and mom was impressed at how convenient the expo was for those staying on property.

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Unfortunately, there was quite a long line just to get into the official merchandise area, we waited about 20 minutes or so. However, I was glad it was at least organized unlike at Dumbo back in August.

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There was a lot of official merchandise to choose from, but sadly the sizing of the shirts was way off. The “I Did It” tech shirt was very boxy and SO short compared to the Dopey I did it shirt I got not even a week before. Sizing inconsistency bums me out. I was able to get what I wanted (coffee mug, sweaty band, etc.) and my mom bought me this adorable shirt:

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I loved that lots of items said “flutter to the finish” and thought that was a very cute slogan.

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We paid for our merchandise and did a little walking around so I could visit with some friends working various booths before heading downstairs to get bibs. We headed back outside and down the ramp to packet pick up.

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Mom got her 5k bib, there were hardly any lines down here.

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We had to go back into the expo to get the t-shirt for the race, and then bib the expo farewell. We would end up coming back on Saturday to walk around some more and say hi to some friends, but it was time to go rest before our 5k the next morning!

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This being my first Tink, I have no previous expo to compare it with except the one for the Disneyland half marathon which was a nightmare. This one had a lot more volunteers, and they even had tape on the floor making little lines so you knew where to stand while you waited to go into the official merchandise area. They only let in so many at a time, which definitely helped with the flow of things. Also, there was plenty of merchandise out, we weren’t waiting for more to constantly come out like at the Disneyland half expo. They were not out of any merchandise that I am aware of (we were there about an hour after opening) and we had an overall positive experience!

QOTD: Do you buy official race merchandise at races?

Want to learn more about runDisney races? visit rundisney.com for details, dates, and runner information.

Running on the Wall Tank Top Review

You may remember awhile back I posted a review of a really cute medal display that Running on the Wall sent me. They contacted me again, this time to try one of their running tanks. They have a ton of great sayings on these great tanks, and they are new to their website!

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I am wearing a medium tank in these photos. I really like the thin fabric and feel of these tanks, they are super soft and not too tight. I ran three miles in mine yesterday, and had no chaffing, riding up, or other issues. This tank is getting me excited about running my first Tinkerbell half marathon in January. Everyone could use a little motivation!

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There are other Disney inspired designs on the website (one for princess that is cute too!) and this could be great inspiration for your training.

Running on the Wall has WEEKLY Facebook giveaways, so be sure to like their page to get in on the fun. Their website has a lot of other great running items like arm sleeves, jewelry, and stickers. (Love this one!)

They also sent me this super cute necklace that I have gotten plenty of compliments from. The prices are awesome, too!

QOTD: If you could get anything from their shirt shop, what would you get?

Disclosure: Running on the Wall provided me with product for this review, however all opinions are my own. 

 

Tinkerbell Half Has Flown Away!

If you wanted to sign up for the runDisney Tinkerbell half marathon, it’s already gone, like a flash of twinkles…er…light

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However: Limited half marathon spots available through Charity Groups and Travel Groups; registration still available for Tinker Bell 10K, Never Land 5K and more

 

This race sold out less than two days after it opened for general registration! The third annual race will be held on January 19th, 2014 at the Disneyland resort in California. If you still want to tae part in the weekend you an sign up for the new Tinker Bell 10K, Never Land Family Fun Run 5K and Kids Races at runDisney.com.

 

The new Disney Fairies-themed 10K is Saturday, January 18, giving runners another option to experience a new runDisney event at a bit of a shorter distance. Tinker Bell 10K finishers will receive a new, specially-designed, fairy-themed medal.

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QOTD: Will you be running at Tink? Don’t delay in signing up for one of the other weekend events!

Coast to Coast Photos

Good morning! I am finally HOME! After two weeks of being all over the place, I got to sleep in my own bed last night! I will be attempting to get my blogging and life back to normal, so if you have emailed, tweeted, etc. to me, I’m not ignoring you just trying to catch up. A couple of things you may have missed yesterday:

runDisney announced the new medals for the Disneyland half marathon weekend, and I am hosting a giveaway for a $100 visa gift card!

I still have a lot to share from the press event, my cruise, and time in Walt Disney World, but I will be spacing those posts out with some other things. I also wanted to post a few runDisney related photos from the press event. I got to chat with Faron Kelley at the trade show, and actually hold the new coast to coast medal. It’s so beautiful in person! I have never run Tink, but would LOVE to have the opportunity this year!

I got to chat with some of the runDisney team including Faron Kelley about the new Princess half weekend changes. A super great guy, it was a fun chat as usual. He has such a passion for runDisney.

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Faron Kelley and myself at the press event

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I got to hold the medal, drool!

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What a beautiful sight.

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Isn’t it pretty? Hopefully it will be mine! Where’s that money tree?

QOTD: Do you prefer the new coast to coast or the old one? What is your favorite runDisney medal?