Hyung, Grantz Win Fourth Disneyland Half Marathon

09/08/2009 - 12:23

DisneylandMarathonLogo.jpgANAHEIM, Calif. - (September 6, 2009) - Jaeyung Hyung, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., celebrated his first-place finish at the fourth Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 10 minutes, 44 seconds to lead the estimated field of nearly 12,000 participants.

"I really enjoyed running the race here," Hyung said. "There were so many people, and Disney made it a lot of fun."

Placing overall second was Benjamin Gomez-Gutierrez, 32, of Jalos, Mexico in 1:12:46 and Dennis Hong, 17, of Chino Hills, Calif., finished third (1:13:10).

Mandy Grantz, 23, of Pasadena, Calif., was the women's race champion in 1:26:00. Grantz, a second-year graduate student at California Institute of Technology, was running her first Disneyland Half Marathon.

"I've never been the winner of any race before," Grantz said. "And I've never been to Disneyland before, so running through the parks was so much fun."

The women's runner-up was Stacy Schafer, 42, of Carlsbad, Calif. with a time of 1:26:32, while Angela Bestwick, 33, of Las Vegas, Nev., took third place in 1:28:06.

Kevin Broady, 47, of Orange, Calif., earned a notable Masters division (age 40+) victory for the second year in a row and a fourth overall with his 1:13:25. Edith Martinez, 41, of Brea, Calif. was the top women's Masters division finisher in 1:27:33.

In the men's wheelchair division, Scott Parson, 50, of San Jose, Calif., crossed the finish line first with a time of 48:55. There were no participants in the women's wheelchair division this year.

Approximately 13,500 runners from 50 states and 13 countries registered for the magical 13.1-mile Disneyland Half Marathon this year, putting the race at full capacity. The field included first-time half marathoners as well as veteran runners. The course traveled through two Disneyland Resort theme parks and along Anaheim streets with landmarks such as the Honda Center and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, while Disney characters and festive entertainment inspired them along the way.

Runners who completed the half-marathon received a commemorative Sleeping Beauty Castle medal, the signature medal of the Disneyland Half Marathon and one in the Disney's Endurance Series collection.

The second annual Coast to Coast Challenge Race medal was presented to approximately 1,751 runners who completed the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon or Disney's Princess Half Marathon this year at Walt Disney World Resort and then also completed the Disneyland Half Marathon. The Coast to Coast medal showcases the iconic "Partners Statue" of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

The Half Marathon is just one of 11 weekend events that make up the Disney's Endurance Series, which gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way "around the world." From running marathons to road races and triathlons, participating athletes at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World compete to stay in shape, achieve personal-best times and raise donations for charitable causes.

The 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is scheduled for September 3-5, with the Half Marathon being held on Sunday, September 5.

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