Race Review: 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon (1/17/2016), or: “The heavens unfold, a new star is born…”

Longtime runners might understand this, but sometimes you can tell exactly how your race will go within the first five- to ten-minutes. And that’s basically how and when I first realized I was not going to PR at the 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… The Star Wars Half…

Race Review: 2016 Star Wars 10K (1/16/2016), or: “Chasing shadows, moonlight mystery…”

When it comes to Run Disney races, I’ve always preferred the West Coast races at Disneyland to the East Coast races at Walt Disney World, mostly for three reasons: 1) They’re significantly less crowded, 2) The weather is much more comfortable for running, and 3) The courses (especially the 5K and 10K races) give you…

Race Review: 2015 Disneyland 10K (9/5/2015), or: “Swept away for a moment by chance…”

The 2015 Disneyland 10K represented the third time this particular race had been run, as well as being the start of the third Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, in which participants had to complete this 10K as well as the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon the following day. For those of you keeping score at home, this…

Race Review: 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon (9/6/2015), or: “But you yourself are nothing so divine, just next in line…”

At around 7:49 AM PST on the morning of September 6th, 2015, I crossed the Finish Line of the 10th Anniversary 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon with an explosion of joy and elation, the likes of which would make a First-Century Mt. Vesuvius stand up and say, “Hot Diggity Damn!” More on that in a bit,…

Disney Running Logo for the 2015 Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, or: “Make sure the fortune that you seek is the fortune that you need…”

Well I mean, you knew it was coming, right? For those new to the entire Hokified-lifestyle experience simulacrum, a bit of catch-up: every time we participate in a Run Disney race event, we design a custom race shirt for the event. Well, not every time; we didn’t create shirts for the 2012 Twilight Zone Tower Of…

Some Disneyland Half Marathon weekend stats and info, or: “I longed to speak but did not dare…”

Happy Friday, Hokeyfolk. Let’s get the grumpy stuff out-of-the-way: as much as I tried, as much as I prayed, as much as I was absolutely convinced that it was gonna be a done deal, I didn’t make it into the Big Sur Marathon lottery. Phooey! and Fiddlesticks!! And… you know, it’s not that big a deal.…

Race Review: 2014 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon (11/16/2014), or: “But now I’m safe in the eye of the tornado…”

You can’t PR at a Run Disney race! That’s what they keep drilling into your head, right? As you dish out your hard-earned shekels to pay the premium registration fees, make travel arrangements, buy all kinds of overpriced merchandise and extra race add-ons like “Chear Squads” and “Race Retreats” and RIDICULOUSLY overpriced photographs, deep down…

Race Review: 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon (8/31/2014), or: “If you’re in the swing, run run away…”

The 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon was not only my 18th Half Marathon, but the 3rd time I’ve run that race. By my calculations, that means that, as of this writing, I’ve participated in this race more than any other Half Marathon. Three years in a row, three years running, therefore I must really love this…

Race Review: 2014 Disneyland 10K (8/30/2014), or: “Double up or quit, double stake or split…”

I was lucky enough to run the inaugural Disneyland 10K in 2013, which is an impressive achievements for obsessive egocentric runners, just for the bragging rights alone. And if the phrase “obsessive egocentric runners” seems a tad redundant, then you’ve been reading this blog for far too long. We just LOVE talking about ourselves and…