runDisney cancels Disneyland races, beginning in 2018

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The Disneyland Half Marathon, traditionally held during Labor Day weekend, was one of many events cancelled by runDisney.

The folks behind runDisney announced they would no longer hold running events in Disneyland and surrounding areas of Anaheim, California, beginning in 2018. But they would continue to produce runs at Disney World and Disney Paris.

According to an article in the Orange County Record, runDisney officials cited construction of the 14-acre Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland as well as future projects and a planned four-star hotel for affecting the courses that traverse in and out of Disneyland, California Adventure and general roadways.

The races brought an estimated 25,000 people paying upwards of $195 to participate in a half-marathon, 10K and 5K run. The events, usually held during off-peak seasons, were a boon to the local economy, generating $20 million to $30 million in revenue to Orange County, according to Disney.

runDisney officials said they didn’t know when the events would return to Disneyland, but they said runners who had pre-registered for 2018 races would receive a refund.

The cancellation didn’t surprise many runDisney devotees, who had wondered aloud on social media beginning about seven months ago whether the events would continue. Disney’s postponed registration of the popular Light Side Star Wars-themed event slated for January 2018 was cause for their concern.