The inaugural Avenger’s Half Marathon was held September 16th, 2014 in Disneyland. The ultimate Superheroes race. The Runnerazzi decided to run the race in full hockey gear: shin pads, elbow pads, shoulder pads, hockey pants, hockey socks, hockey gloves, helmet, hockey stick and all in an LA Kings jersey. We left the “cup” out for obvious reasons! LOL
The race started near the Disneyland Hotel and the course took us through the streets of Anaheim and even through Angels Stadium. The volunteers and cheering stations were awesome keeping the runners pumped up and motivated during this very windy day. Along the race course, I heard everything from: Go Kings Go, Yeah Hockey! Hockey Rules! Quack Quack, Let’s Go Ducks, Go Canucks Go, Let’s Go Sharks, I Love Hockey! It was very refreshing to see so many hockey fans in Southern California. The sport is growing quickly and Californian’s are starting to realize how entertaining the game is. The Stanley Cup (the Super Bowl of hockey, World Series of Baseball) has stayed in California 3 times since 2007! 2 x by the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014 and once by the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
Running in full hockey gear was much harder than expected as the few training runs I did leading up to the race were with shoulder pads, helmet and stick only. The pants and shin pads didn’t help the comfort level. I met up with another runner carrying the flag before the mile 5 marker. He seemed to be struggling in the wind. We both made a deal to run to the finish line together. His name is Ethan, I found out he was a US Marine after he told me “it must be hard running in that” I told him that I thought running in hockey gear was nothing compared to what marines have to endure and that’s when I found out Ethan was a marine.
I have been to several Run Disney races as a spectator and always loved the energy surrounding these events and this was my first time running in one. We crossed the line holding the flag together with a time of 2:22:24.
What a great day and a race everyone should experience!