Several months ago when the Avengers Super Heroes Half Weekend was announced, I was excited and sad at the same time. I was excited because, as a nerd, this is a great theme. I was sad because I had already registered for the Disneyland Half Weekend races, and there was absolutely no way that I could afford two trips out west for the races. There were rumors of an Avengers themed race at Disneyland, but most thought that it would be in January (the spot has since been filled by a Star Wars themed race weekend), and I decided to get my Coast to Coast medal this year, and signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare. If I would have know that the Avengers were coming in November, that is the race I would have targeted. Oh well.
And ever since the announcement, I have wondered what the medal would look like. As of this morning, the wait is over since the medals have been revealed!
Medals for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Disney is known for their medals, and it seems that each year they seem to top themselves. Prior to the announcement, the event was teased with #SmashTheHalf, which led me (and others) to believe that the medal would be based on the Hulk this year, with possibly each Avenger getting a medal in subsequent years. Wrong. Honestly, I am a little underwhelmed by the medals. My biggest fear was that the medals would be so awesome that I would take a scorch the earth approach to my finances to find a way there in November. Now, that fear is unfounded. I can simply regret the race announcement not coming sooner, and focus on more important things.
Update: As soon as I posted this, I saw a closer look at the front and the back of the half medal. So, here you go.
Front of Avengers Half Medal
Back of Avengers Half Medal
This morning runDisney made a huge announcement of a new race at Disneyland. Speculation had been rampant for months that Disney would be adding an Avengers or Star Wars themed race to the rapidly growing schedule of runDisney events. The Avengers rumor had always been attached to Disneyland since there is a character agreement issue with Disney World and another theme park that has the contractual rights to using Marvel characters.
Big runDisney news. Smash the Half
At 10:35 AM CST, runDisney announced that the rumors about an Avengers race were true, but the rumored date was incorrect. Most people speculated that the new race would be during the old Tinker Bell Race Weekend slot in January, starting in 2015. This morning, however, Disney announced that The Avengers Half Marathon and Super Heroes 5K will be held November 15 and 16, 2014! This is huge news, that I want to be more excited about. The idea of the race itself is amazing, and I really want to do it, but there is no way possible that I can participate in the race this year. If I could transfer my Dumbo Double Dare registration to this event and pocket the difference I certainly would! Susan even told me to wait on the Disneyland Half, but due to the quickness that the event sells out and that I assumed that the event would be in 2015, I registered for Dumbo. Whoops! You know what happens when you assume, I suppose! I will still enjoy myself at the Disneyland Half and live vicariously through other runners during the November weekend.
Anyway, you can get more info here. Registration opens on March 25, and it will probably sell out quickly.