New Hampshire Native Kate Farrell Flies to Victory at the 6th Annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend


Nearly 14,000 California runners were among 27,500 participants celebrating Mother’s Day weekend at one of the top women-focused race weekends in the country

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 14, 2017) — Kate Farrell of Windham, New Hampshire won the 6th annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry. A long-time runner and cross country veteran, Farrell channeled her inner pixie power to fly past the competition with a winning time of 1:23:27. Audrey Urlacher of Boise, Idaho took second place with a time of 1:25:38 and Kellie Nickerson of Albuquerque, New Mexico finished in third, clocking in at 1:26:39.

“A runDisney race has been on my bucket list since I was little. I started running with my mom when I was nine and I ran high school and college cross country,” stated Farrell. “…One of the reasons I really love runDisney is the community of people that run road races. Everyone is so supportive…I’m just really grateful for running and the people around me, like my mom and dad.”

The 6th annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is one of four races held at Disneyland Resort and features the only half marathon in the runDisney series without a repeat winner. Approximately 690 runners participating in this year’s race have run all six years.

Over the race weekend, moms and fellow runners celebrated Mother’s Day by earning their wings in the Tinker Bell-inspired half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Races. Runners also enjoyed experiencing the latest in fitness apparel, high-tech gadgets and nutritional products at runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is the fifth race in runDisney’s nine-race series that encompasses Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

In August, runners can go to “infinity and beyond” in the Pixar-inspired Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, August 31-September 3.

Starting in June, runners can train for upcoming races through the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series. The virtual race series invites runners to join one of three 5Ks available throughout the summer by running through their neighborhood, on a treadmill or at a local park. Runners must complete the 3.1 miles within the specific month to receive a uniquely designed medal inspired by the series’ honorary host, Pluto.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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