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  • On May 22, 2012
    Nicholas from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    For the Disneyland Half Marathon, there is a pacing requirement of 16 minutes per mile. Is that an average or if once you hit 16 minutes and you have not completed a mile you are removed from the course?

    Hi Nicholas! 

    The 16 minute/mile pace is an average over the entire course.  Once the very last person has crossed the starting line, they have "pacers" that ride along at the 16 minute/mile pace.  (they are often called "sweepers" as sometimes they have to sweep people off the course)

    Since they start at the very end, the further you start ahead of them will actually give you extra time.  Even if you start in the last wave of runners, if you position yourself at the very front of that wave, you will be thousands of people ahead of the pacers. 

    I generally advise people to train at at least a 15 minute/mile pace.  That way you KNOW you can do it, and it will give some extra time to enjoy being at Disney and to take in all of the fun entertainment on the course.

    I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any other questions about runDisney!

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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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