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Avengers Half Marathon Weekend

Discussion in 'Running at WDW' started by Mad Stitch, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Mad Stitch

    Mad Stitch Premium Member

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    runDisney is at it again with what is probably going to be another over dramatic announcement.

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    I guessing something about the W&D race since registration opens a week later. Do we need an official runDisney rumors pinned thread?
     
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  2. Belle2013

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    I have heard guesses of a Marvel Half but that would have to be done in California I believe. I thought there were 2-3 new races that were supposed to be announced this year but I could be wrong (or they changed plans).
     
  3. surfsupdon

    surfsupdon Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the Internet seems to think it's a Marvel/ Superhero race. But that is ALL conjecture, and guessing, and probably hoping.

    I'd like to see something p retty cool announced.

    #smashthehalf
     
  4. FerretAfros

    FerretAfros Well-Known Member

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    A family friend of mine has very close ties to runDisney and their decision makers, especially regarding DLR races. When I talked to him in January he said that they were definitely planning 2 new race weekends for DLR, that they wouldn't be longer than a half, and that at least one of them would be a nighttime race. He didn't know anything about the themes of the races, but this certainly seems to support the Marvel/Avengers rumors (and Marvel Half Marathon does have a certain ring to it)
     
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    durangojim Well-Known Member

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    If it was Marvel related, it would make sense as SMASH is a Hulk phrase.
     
  6. Katherine

    Katherine Well-Known Member

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    Oh man if it's a night time race in DLR, I'm there! That sounds so fun! One more sleep until we all know!
     
  7. LindsayLoves

    LindsayLoves Well-Known Member

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    I just saw that they posted the time of the announcement at 8:35am PST, which puts the money on Disneyland for the race location if there was a doubt about that.
     
  8. FerretAfros

    FerretAfros Well-Known Member

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    Avengers Half Marathon, November 14-16 at Disneyland. Registration opens March 25. Weekend will include a 5K and Kid's Races
    http://www.rundisney.com/avengers-half-marathon/?src=launch-dpbp

    Personally, I'm not super into the character/franchise-oriented races. I prefer the broader themes at Marathon Weekend, DL1/2 and W&D, but I can't deny that this will be popular or that DLR needs another race. Interesting that it's right after W&D, so people can do back-to-back weekends again (looks like I know what I'm doing...again)
     
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  9. Mad Stitch

    Mad Stitch Original Poster Premium Member

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    Meh... not interested.

    I agree, and with the rumor that Star Wars is taking the place of Expedition Everest I hope character/franchise races don't become the new trend.
     
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  10. a2grafix

    a2grafix Well-Known Member

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    Lifted from runDisney.com, the prices are consistent with this year's pricing. Nearly $200 to register for the Avengers Half Marathon, $70 for the Super Heroes 5k, and $135 for the pasta in the park party. Gulp. #Hulksmashmybankaccount ....

    Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon
    • $195 by April 29, 2014
    • $210 between April 30 and June 24, 2014
    • $225 on or after June 25, 2014
    Avengers Super Heroes 5K

    • $70 by August 20, 2014
    • $80 on or after August 21, 2014
    runDisney Kids Races

    • $20 by August 20, 2014
    • $25 on or after August 21, 2014
    Pasta In The Park Party

    • Adult with ticket - $135
    • Adult without ticket - $89
    • Youth with ticket - $115
    • Youth without ticket - $69
    • Under 3 - $0
    ChEAR Squad

    • Bronze - $0
    • Silver - $39
    • Gold - $59
    • Platinum - $99
    • Under 3 - $0
     
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  11. dreamfinder

    dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    Those prices are crazy. I do applaud the theme and location, DLR needs more races to hopefully help lessen the insanity that is people trying to get the C2C at the other 2 races. And it's a male oriented theme. They need something to counter the Tink/Princess races. An Avengers/Star Wars C2C special medal anyone? And while I can see that locking a race into a certain theme does somewhat limit it's lifespan, (Who knows how popular the Avengers will be in 5 years) there are only so many generic themes they can use, so at some point they need to tie it to something.
     
  12. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    Wow that is expensive. Would love to do these events but no way can I afford this for the two of us. Especially when you factor in all the costs that go with it.
     
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  13. a2grafix

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    Totally agree with you Steve. In 2013 I decided to challenge myself with my first-ever coast to coast and succeeded, but I'm still paying for it and others after I committed / ran five half marathons in 2013 and prepaid for a sixth and seventh half in 2014. The fifth half marathon unfortunately was canceled due to ice and cold (St. Jude Memphis Half Dec. 7, and I still plan on running the course in the next month or so when I gets warmer) and I "raised" $500 for St. Jude, $320 of which came out of pocket.

    I thought the 2013 runDisney half prices were expensive at $175 before tax and adding the price of a limited pin, and I know this is Disney and it's the Disney touch and prices to cover volunteers, race coordination and medals is expensive. But I also had to factor in park tickets, roundtrip airfare (Memphis is a black hole when it comes to airfare - high priced), hotel accommodations, food, airport travel, and incidentals. Glad that I saved some money staying at Shades of Green for the Wine and Dine Half, but had to pay an airfare change fee because I could not leave the day before the race. Instead I flew down on race day Nov. 9 and was back home in 24 hours.

    I look forward to running in a future runDisney half marathon but as of now $195 before tax and before every other cost associated with it, is out of my price range right now.
     
  14. joel_maxwell

    joel_maxwell Permanent Resident of EPCOT

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    OMG OMG. $195 for 13.1 miles. Are you kidding me. $70 for a 5k. Holy cow that is $22 a mile.

    Im glad I didnt waste $5 on a runDisney sticker for my car. It would be coming off. That is embarrassing.

    Im going to point and laugh one day when this bubble burst. It'll be a long time, but they are going to out price themselves if they havent already.

    The only thing that is reasonable is the Kids Races. Id pay $20 for a mile race for the kids.
     
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    joel_maxwell Permanent Resident of EPCOT

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    I paid $75 for the first W&D in 2010.
     
  16. Texas84

    Texas84 DVC Fan Boy Premium Member

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    Yeah, not for me but good for DLR. They need it. But if there is a Star Wars run at WDW it is on.
     
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  17. a2grafix

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    Ha! I raise you $100. I paid $175 plus tax for the 2013 W&D Half. See above ^^^
     
  18. LindsayLoves

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    Agreed.
     
  19. Maryssa*

    Maryssa* Well-Known Member

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    So. Excited. DLR is my local park so I'm thrilled for this! Even have a bunch of friends wanting to go with me finally!
     
  20. joel_maxwell

    joel_maxwell Permanent Resident of EPCOT

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    To each his own.... but Ill stick to my $1.50 a mile events in the woods and skip the $15 a mile on Osceola Pkwy.

    Again, I want anyone to do what they want, but I am amazed that people pay this. Simply amazed.
     

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