Runners from across the country and around the world came to the Disneyland Resort to take part in the Run Disney 10k Saturday morning.
The three-day event included a health fair and a 5k on Friday. A half-marathon will take place Sunday.
For the 10k Saturday, nearly 11,000 runners started out on their run at 5:30 a.m. on Disneyland Drive. Their 10-kilometer route took them down the road, then into and around Disney California Adventure. A backstage access road took them up into Disneyland near “It’s a Small World,” then down Main Street U.S.A. before emerging in the Esplanade. Then it was through Downtown Disney to the finish line at the Disneyland Hotel.
Due to the large number of people signed up for the sold-out event, the runners were dispatched in groups, approximately five minutes apart, with the wheelchair racers going out first.
Many runners dressed in store-bought or homemade Disney-themed costumes. There were many people dressed as Aladdin or Jasmine from the movie “Aladdin” as that was the theme of the race.
A group of six women, came dressed as the characters of either Lilo or Stitch from the movie “Lilo & Stitch.” They flew in from England to take part, and had all ready taken part in a Run Disney event in Disneyland Paris.
Also on hand was U.S. Army Master Sergeant Cedric King of Spring Lake, N.C., a double amputee, who ran the 10k with his “blades.”
“I had good support from friends out here. People I don’t even know wanted to run along and support me during the run,” said King.
King, a Bronze Star recipient, was injured by an improvised explosive device during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012.
Other runners included Casey Klink, 9, and her sister Morgan, 12, who came down with their mother and grandmother from Auburn, CA to take part in the marathons.
“Our mom ran the half marathon a few years ago and said it was really cool to run through the parks, so we thought it would be fun,” said Morgan.
Source: OC Register
Banner Photo Credit: Katie Hansen