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Can We Race As Tinker Bell Anyway?
Hold on to your Disney running costumes–it looks like 2018 is going to be a dark year for runners at the “Happiest Place on Earth.” RunDisney announced today that it will suspend its 2018 races currently slated to take place at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., including its popular half marathon. The races are expected to return after certain construction projects impeding the course routes have completed, though an exact resume date has not yet been determined. Meanwhile, Disney races scheduled to take place next year at Walt Disney World and at parks in other countries remain on the calendar.
Though runDisney has only confirmed race cancellations in 2018, an official statement from Disneyland spokesperson George Savvas indicated that construction could impact races in future years, as well. “While construction for the next several years will impact our ability to deliver the runDisney experience our guests love, we are excited about our future as the Disneyland Resort continues one of its largest multi-year expansions,” Savvas said. According to The Orange County Register, Savvas did not provide an estimation on when runDisney races will return to Disneyland. Those who already registered for a 2018 race will receive a refund.
One of the construction projects to which Savvas alluded is Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge, a 14-acre addition to Disneyland that’s scheduled to open in 2019. Other construction projects, including hotels for tourists, are expected to launch in the years ahead and could potentially impact the race courses, as well.