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20th Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is Going Hollywood

posted on August 16th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


More and more celebrities are signing up to be a part of the 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. Alison Sweeney, host of the popular reality show “The Biggest Loser,” and ESPN personality Colin Cowherd signed up weeks ago.

But recently Drew Carey, Gilles Marini, Sean Astin, Kit Hoover, Jenna Morasca and Ethan Zohn threw their names in the hat, too. Astin and Carey are taking on the 26.2-mile full marathon, while the other celebs are sticking to the 13.1-mile half marathon during the historic race weekend, January 10-13, at Walt Disney World Resort.

Most of them are eager to run here because they already know what it’s like to run in a runDisney event. Carey, the comedian and host of “The Price is Right,” ran in the Disneyland Half Marathon last year. Astin, the lead actor in the movie “Rudy,” ran in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon earlier this year. And reality TV stars Morasca and Zohn (“Survivor” and “The Amazing Race”) ran in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon earlier this year and the Princess Half Marathon last year.

Cowherd, Sweeney, Marini (“Sex and the City: The Movie” and “Dancing with the Stars”), and Hoover (“Access Hollywood” co-host) are the runDisney newbies. Hoover and Sweeney have run other half marathons, but this will be the maiden voyage for Marini and Cowherd, both of whom have never run a half marathon previously.

Cowherd, in particular, is apparently not the least bit nervous about biting off a half marathon. In fact, he’s been having a lot of fun with it. Check out the video below, which appeared on the runDisney Facebook page and on Twitter, and you’ll see what I mean.

By the way, you can run with these celebs. The weekend races are filling up, but you can still register at runDisney.com.

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New 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Medal Revealed

posted on August 14th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Disney is known in the running industry for its cool race medals, so it should come as no surprise that runDisney has pulled out all of the stops in designing a medal for next year’s 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon, January 10-13. The medal was revealed this morning after a two-week social media campaign called “The Great Medal Caper” in which fans such as you got to unlock clues to eventually unveil the medal.
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Trust me, this medal is unlike anything we have created before. It has the traditional round shape, but it features two spinning parts, including a medallion with a classic image of Mickey Mouse on one side and a modern image of him on the other side. The other cool features are two engraved quotes from Walt Disney himself.

And to think, all you have to do to get one of them is run 26.2 miles. Better start training now! But don’t forget to sign up for the race first at runDisney.com.

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First Look: Peek Inside Splitsville, Coming Soon to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 2nd, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Back in April, we showed you exterior renderings of the Splitsville that’s coming to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort this fall. Now, here is a peek at the interior of the two-level venue, which, at 50,000 square feet, will be the largest of Splitsville’s five locations.
A Peek at the Interior of Splitsville, Coming This Fall to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

From these renderings we can really see how the look and feel of this Splitsville will indeed be unlike your traditional bowling alley, with upscale retro décor, escalators, flat-screen TVs and a family-friendly atmosphere.
A Peek at the Interior of Splitsville, Coming This Fall to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Construction continues to move along, so look for more updates here soon.

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‘Biggest Loser’ Host Alison Sweeney First Celeb to Enter the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon

posted on July 16th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Plans for the 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend are still being developed, but one thing is certain: some celebrities in Hollywood are already starting to line up to run it.

Alison Sweeney, host of the popular reality show “The Biggest Loser,” has just thrown her name into the hat. She recently entered the half marathon. Word is, other celebrities are on the verge of signing up, too, as well as some famous former distance running stars.

For Sweeney, an avid runner, the decision to choose the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend was an easy one – her kids’ faces lit up at the prospect of coming to Walt Disney World Resort for the race weekend, January 10-13, 2013.

Sweeney has already started training for the race. Check out this video of her from a recent training run at a park near her Los Angeles-area home where she talks about getting ready for her first runDisney race.

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Special Princess Half Marathon Medal Up for Grabs at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 10th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Registration opened today for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, and if you haven’t run in this race, this might be the time to do it.
Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort

That’s because our runDisney team is working on a commemorative finisher’s medal for the 2013 race here at Walt Disney World Resort to mark the fifth anniversary of the race weekend, which is geared toward women and their active, healthy lifestyles. And the 2013 race will be the only one where you can get this special medal.

No details about the medal have been released yet, but I’m told it will feature some sort of princess tiara theme to it. Stay tuned for more details about that.

In the meantime, if you even think you might want to run, you’d better sign up early. This Princess race is a hot ticket. The race sold out last year in only a few months, with some 19,000 runners registering for the 13.1-mile run. This year the field is expected to swell to more than 20,000.

Like other runDisney races, this one, scheduled for February 22-24, will have fun stuff for runners of all ages and skill levels – everything from a Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K to several Kids Races, plus a health and fitness expo with lots of running apparel and equipment geared toward women.

To sign up for the race or any runDisney race, as always, just go to runDisney.com.

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Stay on the Run at Walt Disney World Resort



posted on June 27th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World



If you’re coming to Walt Disney World Resort on vacation, there are plenty of ways to maintain your healthy and active lifestyle during your visit here. In addition to healthy food options and exercise facilities in and around our theme parks and resorts, there are several running/walking trails around the resort for anyone looking to log a few miles while on vacation.

The trails are well marked and vary in length, so they are perfect whether you are a novice runner or an experienced long-distance runner. All the trails are framed by beautiful scenery and/or wildlife; the type of experience many Disney guests rarely get to enjoy. There are trails that take you along Bay Lake between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and The Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort or around Seven Seas Lagoon with Cinderella Castle in the distance – just the kind of vistas that can make your run more magical and help you stay fit while making vacation memories with your friends and family.

But don’t take it from me. Listen to Lori Lovell, the runDisney mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, who recently hit the running trails at Walt Disney World Resort and shared with us three of her favorites.



If you want to hit the trails during your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort, check out www.DisneyWorld.com or stop by the front desk of your resort for maps and directions.

 And don’t forget: if you are looking to combine a great family vacation with the challenge of a half or full marathon, runDisney events are the perfect fit. With six event weekends at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort that all feature kids’ races, Family Fun Run 5Ks, half marathons and/or full marathons, there races for runners of all ages. Get more information or sign up for a race at www.rundisney.com. And to be among the first to find out all of the news and information related to runDisney, follow us on our new Twitter feed @runDisney and at Facebook.com/rundisney.

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Dreams Come True in Fast Motion at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 18th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Magical moments happen all the time at Disney Parks. A cool one occurred this week at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, when several Daytona Beach area school kids got to spend the afternoon with NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson.
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Johnson, who was in town to promote the Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway next month, raced wooden stock cars (think pine box derby cars) with the kids, who built the cars to resemble Johnson’s actual No. 48 race car. Johnson then spent several minutes talking to the kids, answering all of their questions and giving autographs to anyone who asked for one.

It was a dream day for the kids even before Johnson arrived at the sports complex, because the kids got to do some fun training with various NFL players and Olympic athletes who regularly train at the complex. One of the NFL drills involved the kids running across the field tethered to two parachutes.

By the time Johnson left Disney, there were lots of smiles, laughs and priceless memories that will probably last a lifetime.

Oh, and the kids had a good time, too.

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The Second Chance to Get Your Tinker Bell Wings at Disneyland Resort Begins at Noon Today

posted on June 12th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


If you didn’t get a chance to run in the wildly popular inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend last year at Disneyland Resort, now is your chance to get in on the fun. Registration for the 2013 race is now open at www.runDisney.com.
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Last year’s race sold out quickly, with more than 17,000 runners registering for the various events during the weekend, all of which are geared toward women. Kellie Nickerson of New Mexico won the inaugural race, which also featured a few celebrities, such as Megyn Price (“Rules of Engagement”) and Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings” and “Rudy”).

The second annual event should be just as entertaining. In addition to running through Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the streets of Anaheim, runners will also get to run through the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. Like all runDisney events, the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon will feature events for the entire family, plus music, entertainment and beloved Disney characters along the 13.1 mile course. The reward at the end is a coveted Tinker Bell medal with its own set of “wings”.

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Soccer Star Kaká Visits the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 11th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Soccer Star Kaká Visits the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

The Olympics are a little more than a month away and everyone is getting into the Olympic spirit – even other megastar athletes like soccer legend Kaká. The Brazilian soccer great stopped by the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex today and couldn’t resist checking out the handful of Olympic contenders who regularly train at the complex with renowned track coach Brooks Johnson.

Soccer Star Kaká Visits the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

Kaká, who apparently won’t compete in the Olympics but will compete for Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tourney in Brazil, mixed and mingled with several Olympic hopefuls including Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver, as well as Mickey Mouse who didn’t want to miss out on all of the fun. Kaka posed for a few photos, autographed a few soccer balls and donned a Disney Cup International Soccer t-shirt.

Soccer Star Kaká Visits the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

After several days of vacation at Walt Disney World Resort, Kaká will head back to Brazil. Meanwhile, the Olympic track stars will continue preparing for next week’s US Olympic Trials, which determine who will make the US team that will compete in the Summer Games in London starting in late July.

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New Twists and Turns Coming to 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Course

posted on May 17th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


The countdown has begun to the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan. 13, 2013, and not surprisingly, our runDisney folks are hard at work putting their creative juices together to come up with some fun new twists for the race.

So far they have added some special entertainment along the 20th mile to commemorate the 20th anniversary and added a post-race party at Downtown Disney. They are also working on the creation of a special 20th anniversary medal, which I’ll reveal later.

But the latest development that I can share with you now involves some unique twists to the course. Here’s a hint: the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon is going to have some “high-speed’’ elements that will knock this race “out of the ballpark.’’

Think you have it figured out?

Well, just check out this video for all of the new details about the fun enhancements to the 26.2-mile course that will go through the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks – and a few other places you probably never dreamed about.

If you want to get in on the fun, just sign up at runDisney.com for the marathon or any of the other family-oriented races taking place here during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, Jan. 10-13.

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