The Disneyland Half Marathon and all Disneyland runDisney races are being canceled in 2018, runDisney has announced.
The large amount of construction in the area – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, a new hotel in Downtown Disney, and the The Disneyland Eastern Gateway project – turned the courses into logistical nightmares.
“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,” George Savvas, a Disneyland spokesman said.
It is unknown whether runDisney will return in 2019 or not. Runners who pre-registered for events in 2018 will receive a refund.
The last event of the 2017 race season, the Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend, will take place Nov. 9 to Nov. 12.
“Given the level of construction to support the ongoing Disneyland Resort expansion, we have been working hard to determine how we can continue providing our West Coast participants with the best possible runDisney experience, which is designed around the ability to run throughout our resorts while enjoying entertainment offerings and characters.
“After careful consideration and weighing all possibilities, we have made the very difficult decision to place all runDisney race weekends at Disneyland Resort on hiatus beginning in 2018. This includes the associated Coast to Coast Race Challenges.
“Anyone who has registered for one of these races will be contacted directly by runDisney today by email and will receive a full refund for registration fees and for any commemorative items they may have purchased.
“While news of this hiatus is sad to share, we are so thankful for the magic and memories you have helped create at our race weekends through the years. We look forward to hosting the upcoming Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort November 9-12, and we hope to see many of you there.
“We encourage runners to continue to visit runDisney.com for other race opportunities. A full schedule of races at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris are currently still being offered, in addition to our virtual race series. Guests with questions can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.“