Field of nearly 12,000 runs through Disneyland and streets of Anaheim; more than 1,700 earn Coast to Coast Challenge medals
By Ana Sidoran
ANAHEIM, 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.
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.
Visit www.disneylandhalfmarathon.com for complete race results.