ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept, 17, 2006) – Kevin Broady, 44, of Brea, Calif., posted a time of 1:11:31 to lead the field of more than 9,700 participants en route to victory in the inaugural Disneyland Half Marathon.
Broady, a former Disneyland cast member, finished just a minute and a half over Benjamin Gomez Gutierrez, 30, of Jalostotitlan, Mexico, who finished second with 1:13:04.
"I used to work at Disneyland,” said Broady, winner of the inaugural event. “I've been to Disneyland so many times. It was so much fun to run through there. It was just a really great experience.”
Kim Jones, 48, of Fort Collins, Colo., was the women’s half marathon champion with a time of 1:25:03. The women’s second place finisher was Edith Martinez, 38, of Brea, Calif., with a time of 1:27:05.
Mark Donaldson, 43, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., earned a notable Master’s Division (age 40+) win in the half marathon with a time of 1:16:37 and a seventh place overall ranking.
Christine Dubach, 44, of Atascadero, Calif., was the top women's marathon Master’s finisher at 1:31:51. In the half marathon wheelchair division, Troy Davis, 31, of Queen Creek, Ariz., crossed the finish line with a time of 1:08:56.
First-time half marathoners and veteran runners, including participants from 49 states, plus 15 countries, enjoyed the inaugural trek through the two Disneyland Resort theme parks and beautiful streets of Anaheim, while colorful Disney characters and festive music inspired them along the way.
The runners who completed the half marathon received a special Sleeping Beauty Castle medal, the newest addition in the Disney endurance series collection.
The 2007 event will be held on Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31- Sept. 2). Registration for the 2007 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend opens on Wednesday, November 15, 2006. For more information and to view complete searchable race results visit www.disneylandhalfmarathon.com