The Disneyland Half Marathon events are running this weekend.
ANAHEIM – The city will close off some streets in the resort area this weekend for Disney runners for the eighth year – but this time, the closures will come on two mornings instead of one.
That’s because Disney is adding another race to its Disneyland Half Marathon weekend – the Disneyland 10K is set for Saturday, with the half-marathon kicking off on Sunday.
Disney races, by the numbers
17,500: Disneyland Half Marathon racers.
8,000: Disneyland 10K racers.
8,000: Racers from California.
5,000: Racers from Southern California.
50: States where racers live.
15: Countries where racers live.
273: Racers from Canada.
58: Racers from Mexico.
41: Racers from Japan.
23: Racers from Brazil.
Both courses will wind through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and city streets, with Disney characters cheering the runners on.
Traditionally held on Labor Day weekend, more than 25,000 people are signed up for the sold-out events. In addition to the 10K and the half-marathon, Disney is holding 5K and kids races. A free health and fitness expo is open to the public at the Disneyland Hotel.
“We were excited by it,” Bob Hitchcock, a spokesman for runDisney, the company’s branch that manages races, said of how quick people signed up. “We knew there was a demand, but the West Coast and Southern California community continue to amaze us.”
About 5,000 people are signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare – competing in both the 10K and the half-marathon.
Mindy Marzec, 33, of Studio City, participated in last year’s half-marathon, training as a way to get in shape for her wedding at the Disneyland Hotel. Now, she’s doing both races this weekend.
“I already knew I wanted to do the Disneyland half every year, and when they announced the Disneyland 10K, I couldn’t resist!” Marzec said in an email. “I want to be a part of the history.”
This week, leading up to the races, city officials warned that additional runners will be on local streets.
Some celebrities are signed up to run: Alison Sweeney, host of NBC-TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” Joey Fatone of *NSYNC, and actor Sean Astin.