This past year has been pretty incredible for runDisney, and as we look back it has become apparent that the ladies are stepping up their game in a big way. In fact, according to our friends at RunningUSA, 8.6 million women completed a race last year, comprising 56 percent of the runners out there. At runDisney we are proud of all our races (like my kids, I can’t have a favorite), but the response we have seen to our women’s focused races is nothing short of amazing.
As I roll out of bed this morning and walk (limp) to the coffee pot, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the amazing experience that was the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. From the dancing hippos on the course, to the green army men helping us to take that hill, to the disco tunnel, to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, to the unbelievable finish line experience … all in all it was a pretty amazing night. And all that was before we got to the Finish Line Party!
Congratulations to the men’s overall winner Justin Scheid from Sparta, NJ, and the women’s champion Kristin Teneglia of Seminole, Fla. Both broke the tape in course record setting times.
Congratulations to all participants and thanks to all who came out to make this another runDisney event to remember!
The Halloween season has officially begun! For me, it started when the Headless Horseman showed up at the Happy Haunted 5k Trail Run, but I knew it was here for sure when I saw literally thousands of runners in great costumes at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash. Thank you to all of the runners who came out this past weekend for a haunting good time – and after talking to a number of you who set personal records for 10 miles, make that some wicked fast times!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a Disney runner! I love Labor Day weekend, not only because it is when we host the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, but also because it means the beginning of a new season of runDisney events. While it has only been three short months since we crossed the finish line at Expedition Everest, it seems like a lifetime ago.
This coming season of races promises to be our best ever, starting with all the excitement we have in store for you at the Disneyland Resort in just a few days. Not only are we introducing the Disneyland 10K, but we are also premiering the Dumbo Double Dare for those of you who want to pack as much runDisney as possible into two days.
So, no matter if this is your first Disney race, or if you will be donning a Coast to Coast medal at the race end, thank you for joining us for this and every runDisney event.
I love reading our runDisney Facebook page. It is the perfect location for people who are passionate about running and Disney to gather and share stories of triumph and words of encouragement. But I especially love it when I see a post from a new runner who is gearing up for their first runDisney event, and I watch our community of runners lift them up. You see, here at runDisney we love what we do, but if you ask us what we are most proud of, I think many on the team would say the same thing: introducing running to thousands of new people every year.
So in order to keep bringing in more runners, we need to keep adding new races, which is why I am very pleased to announce the addition of the Tinker Bell 10K to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort. The 10K is a fantastic distance for the novice runner who has conquered the 5K, but is not quite ready for the additional 10 miles of a half marathon. By adding this event to our already popular Tinker Bell race weekend, even more runners will have the chance to run through our Disney Parks, experience delightful Disney on-course entertainment, and earn a coveted runDisney finishers medal (because for many, “it’s all about the bling”).
I hope you will join us in January of 2014 for the Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K as a part of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort. But remember to sign up quick! Registrations are gonna fly faster than Tink herself.
How many of you are like me – running, leading a healthy, active lifestyle, but falling short when it comes to diet and nutrition? It’s no secret proper nutrition is the key to fueling your exercise and helping your body recover and prevent injury. Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming runDisney event, or just getting off the couch to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle, you aren’t alone: the runDisney team is with you every step of the way.
If you haven’t done so yet, I invite you to check out runDisney.com. There, you will find training programs from our official training consultant Jeff Galloway. Jeff’s run/walk/run program will get you off the couch and moving down the road safely and with little risk for injury.
Recently, we were excited to welcome Tara Gidus as the official nutritionist for runDisney. Her tips are helping runners fuel their training programs and races, and they will help you achieve your goal of a healthy lifestyle.
Tara recently teamed up with Disney Chef Gary Jones to prepare a couple healthy dishes that are easy to make and delicious to eat. The first of three recipes and nutrition tips start today on runDisney.com.
Check out these posts for more of the latest runDisney news:
“So why do you run?” That is the question most often asked to runners by non-runners. “Why do you get up before dawn, oftentimes in miserable weather, to go do something that quite frankly does not look enjoyable?”
This is a question that is not lost on runners. In fact one of my favorite running shirts has emblazoned across the back, “My Sport is Your Sport’s Punishment” – a not so gentle nod to the bevy of coaches who have ever uttered the phrase “Gimme a lap!”
So why do we run? There are as many reasons as runners – “So I can eat what I want,” “To stay in shape,” “To clear my mind” – but there is one reason that seems to rise to the top among all our runDisney runners…”we run for the bling!” You see, there is nothing so rewarding as finishing a race and having a volunteer drape a beautifully crafted Disney medal around your neck. For that moment you feel as though you are an Olympian, and regardless of what place you’ve finished, you have earned that gold.
So with that said, I am pleased to reveal our latest entries into the pantheon of runDisney race medals: The 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K, Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K and the Dumbo Double Dare medals, all beautifully designed to say, “Here’s why I run.”
By now I hope you have heard about the Dopey Challenge and the Walt Disney World 10K that we will be kicking off next January as a part of the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. In addition to new medals for those races, new medals are currently being designed for the half marathon, marathon and Goofy Challenge. But we also have more good news coming as a part of our flagship runDisney weekend. In an effort to make sure runDisney events provide the best possible experience for our guests, the team will be introducing the following changes for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend:
We are reducing the number of runners that we are registering for the weekend, in an effort to allow more space on the course.
We are asking the vast majority of our runners to provide proof of time (if they have it), so we can accurately place runners of the same pace in the same corral.
We are adding additional corrals, with fewer people in each corral, to spread the runners across the course.
And we will now be offering women’s cut tech shirts (in addition to the men’s cut) for the 10K, half, full, Dopey Challenge and Goofy Challenge.
This year promises to be the best marathon weekend ever! And no matter what distance you are running – from 5K to the 48.6 miles of the Dopey Challenge – we are working hard to make every mile magical.
Registration opens today at noon EDT for all Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events. Dopey is off and running; are you?
In 2006, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend had a big year. The races had become so popular, the half marathon and the full marathon now had to be held on two separate days. This race day bifurcation led to another interesting development. It was now theoretically possible for a runner to run both races, so the team decided that if someone was goofy enough to do that, they deserved a medal. And thus, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge was born with just over 2,300 runners receiving the first Goofy medal for their 39.3 mile accomplishment.
Through the years, “the Goofy” has been a favorite with our runners as well as a unique offering in the running industry. Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This next year, runDisney is adding a 10K race to our Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend line-up, joining our already popular 5K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. And you guessed it (we couldn’t help ourselves), we are now offering the Dopey Challenge to those runners who conquer ALL FOUR of our races. That’s right…completing the 5K, the 10K, the Half Marathon and the Full Marathon in the four consecutive days will earn you the Dopey Challenge Medal. That coveted piece of hardware will be clanging around the necks of our finishers with the Mickey Marathon medal, the Donald Half medal, the 5K Family Fun Run medal, the Goofy Challenge medal, and the new Minnie 10K medal.
Six medals for 48.6 miles over four days. I think I am just Dopey enough to do it. Come join me!
I hope you will accept this invite:
Join us for the Dopey Challenge and the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.
Once we knocked out our three miles, we headed into Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion for some light food and some amazing words of inspiration from training guru Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus, decorated paralympian April Holmes, and the first female winner of “The Biggest Loser,” Ali Vincent. Actor Sean Astin and the folks from Senses – A Disney Spa were also on hand to make the morning complete.