Nick Arciniaga, originally from Fountain Valley, California., won the Disneyland Half Marathon on Aug. 31. Arciniaga set a record Sunday, finishing in 1:07:48. The 31-year old led the field of 16,056 registered runners throughout the runDisney race.
Earlier this year, Arciniaga placed 7th in the Boston Marathon, and was the second American to finish, with a time of 2:11.47.
“I don’t get very many hometown wins since I don’t race around here very much but running at Disneyland is something that is pretty close to my heart,” Arciniaga, now a Flagstaff, Arizona resident, told runDisney. “My aunt works here. I came here pretty much a couple times a year growing up so Disneyland is a huge place for me.”
In the men’s open division, Eulogio Rodriguez, 18, of Whittier California finished second at 1:13:06. Christian Carver, 42, of Plain City, Utah finished third with a time of 1:16:52.
In the women’s open division for the Disneyland Half Marathon, Jennifer Berry, 33, of Denver, Colorado., took first with a finish of 1:23:33. Berry also won the Disneyland 10K on Saturday, a two-day, two-race challenge known as the Dumbo Double Dare. Her net time for the two races was 1:23:33.
“I was a little tired from yesterday,” said Berry about Sunday’s performance. “I came in this morning just to do the best I can and today was good enough. I had some awesome competition out there and I’m really happy.”
Anna Dalton, of Anchorage, Alaska, took second in the women’s open division. The 20-year old finished in 1:23:46. Maria Castaneda, 19, of Los Amgelea, California finished third at 1:24:13.
See the full results for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon.
But these weren’t the only big winners to finish the Disneyland Half Marathon. runDisney shared the inspirational story of Derrick Deaton, 31 of Indianapolis, Ind. as one example. Deaton is a Disney fan who wanted to participate in a runDisney race. But five years ago, that desire was a dream, as Deaton weighed 529 pounds.
A lot can happen in five years. These days, Deaton runs a 5K six days a week and has lost a total of 346 pounds. He now weighs in at183 pounds. On Sunday, Deaton finished the Disneyland Half Marathon with a sub-2:30 time.
Runners and walkers who participated in the Disneyland Half Marathon enjoyed a course that went through Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort, the streets of Anaheim and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. As with other runDisney races, that route included Disney characters, music and live entertainment, water stops and aid stations, and enthusiastic spectator support.
The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, which sold out in 2014, attracted runners and walkers from ages 14 – 82, representing all 50 states and 26 countries. California was especially well represented, with 19,182 participants. In addition to the half marathon, other weekend events included the Disneyland 10K, Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K and the runDisney Kids Races.