If any of you are members of the elite group that is Facebook, then you may have heard the news that RunDisney was going to be announcing a new race on their Facebook page. To build up to the announcement, they had a month-long series of clues, which were basically unsolvable. Well, they made the announcement on Tuesday, and they are the proud new owners of a new race in Disneyland...the Tinkerbell Half Marathon.
|Not sure if this is the official logo, but here's a logo from the internet.|
If you go to the RunDisney fan page, you will see that there are a large number of people that are pretty upset about this new race. Mainly because they build it up for so long, only to announce a half marathon (as opposed to a marathon or triathlon). Also, because this is a "women's" race. That means that the race is designed specifically for women...the participant shirt is a women, the expo is geared toward women, and all the support on the course will be geared toward women. Men are also not eligible for any awards.
I don't have a problem with this, in theory, I just think that RunDisney missed a great opportunity to include everyone. There's a guy on Facebook (I don't remember his name) that had a great idea: RunDisney could easily stick with the Tinkerbell theme, but could have added pirates for the men. Then make the race a competition between the men and the women, with the women getting a slight head start. Then, each year the course theme would be based on the winning gender (pirates if the fellas win and Tinkerbell/fairies for the ladies). I thought this guy basically hit a home run with his suggestion, and hopefully someone on the Disney team took note. It's a really great concept.
I will say that I wouldn't have a problem signing up for the race, if I was running it with my wife or some other female. I wouldn't sign up to run it by myself though. Not that I would ever win an award, but I don't really want to pay $120 or so for a "fun run" to run by myself...that's what the 5k is for. I can pretty much do that at home for free. I sign up for a race, it's because I'm wanting to beat my previous time. Whether or not I would ever win an award doesn't really matter, but it does take away from the other competition that would normally be there, as they won't be registering either.
I am glad that there's another race in Disneyland, I'm just a little disappointed that it was designed to exclude men (like I said, I know men can race, it's just not as appealing). Oh well, I'll probably still run it!