On Sunday, Jan. 20, Angela Escay, from Carmichael, Calif. won the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon, held at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Her victory set a course record for the women-focused event, now in its second year.
Escay, 38, finished the course in 1:24:10, beating the previous race record by over three minutes. Kellie Nickerson, who won the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon, finished in 1:27:52.
Both the second- and third-place runners also finished the course faster than the Nickerson's victory in 2012. Abigail Parker, 29, of Reno, Nev. placed second in 1:25:39. Alivia Williams, 28, of Newport Coast, Calif. came in just behind Parker, in 1:25:42, to finish third.
See the results of the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.
The Tinker Bell win marked Escay's return for her first race in three years, a hiatus that followed ankle surgery.
“It was a good feeling to get back out there and do what I love to do,” Escay said in a Disney Sports press statement. “The course was a lot of fun, run through the park. It was my first run back in three years.”
The runDisney race also attracted celebrity runners in the field of more than 14,000 registered participants for the half marathon. Sean Astin, known for his roles in “Rudy” and “The Lord of the Rings,” took to the course on Sunday, as did former “Biggest Loser” winner and Live Well network host Ali Vincent.
runDisney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon showcased the sights of Disneyland Resort and the surrounding city of Anaheim. The 13.1-mile course took athletes through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, as well as by several city of Anaheim landmarks.
Finishers received a commemorative Tinker Bell “wings” medal.
The half marathon is the signature event in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, an event focused on running, walking, health and fitness for women. More than 21,000 athletes participated in this weekend’s events.
In addition to Sunday’s race, the weekend included a Twitter meet-up on Friday as well as two shorter races: The Never Land 5K, a family fun run/walk, and runDisney kids races, both held on Saturday.
The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend also offered a health and fitness expo, with a speaker series featuring runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway and nutritionist Tara Gidus.
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is the second women-focused event weekend in the runDisney series. Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place at Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 22 – 24.
The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend followed runDisney’s biggest race weekend, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, held in Orlando, Fla. the previous weekend as the kick-off to Disney’s 2013 race calendar. That event included the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon, and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge.