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runDisney Announces The “Goofy Giveback” – New Opportunity To Participate At The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

posted on September 16th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


Last week millions of viewers across the country witnessed an amazing transformation. They tuned into ABC’s hit summer series “Extreme Weight Loss” and watched as show hosts Chris and Heidi Powell guided a father/daughter team through a reward challenge at the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna.

The social media response to Jeff and Juliana’s story was incredible. Viewers shared how they were inspired and motivated by the father / daughter story. Many pledged to make changes and adopt a healthy active lifestyle. And several people expressed that they would like to take participate in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, but it was sold out.

Well we have good news for you.

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Based on the overwhelming guest response runDisney is pleased to announce the “Goofy Giveback”, a unique opportunity for you to participate in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon.

Want more details? Take a look at this announcement video.

For more information and to register for the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon or Goofy Challenge, visit runDisney.com.

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runDisney Joins the Force for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 27th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


It was the summer of 1977, and I swear I saw “Star Wars: Episode IV” at least 10 times in the movie theater. Let’s face it, there was not a lot to do in Southeast Iowa. But I was hooked, especially the first time the Millennium Falcon made the jump to light speed. SO COOL!

So you can imagine my excitement when the team told me we got approval to do a Star Wars-themed runDisney weekend at Disneyland Resort, January 15-18, 2015! I was equally geeked when our advertising team took a scene from the movie where R2-D2 and Chewbacca are playing some kind of galactic chess, and C-3PO quips, “I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win,” and made it the heart of our advertising campaign, #LetTheWookieeWin.

Whether you’re a runDisney veteran, a first-time rookie or even a Wookiee, Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort is going to be a fantastic weekend – and another great reason to runDisney. So may the Force, or should I say the Course, be with you!

Now if an invitation and Jedi mind tricks from some marketing guy at runDisney isn’t enough, maybe this message Lord Vader himself will convince you to join him to complete your training.

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Disney 365 Live Video Shoot at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with Disney Channel Star Jake Short

posted on March 24th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


We gave you an exclusive sneak peek of the filming of the Disney 365 video shoot at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with Jake Short (of Disney Channel‘s “A.N.T. Farm” and Disney XD‘s “Mighty Med“) a few months ago, and now it’s time to reveal the Disney 365 special. Take a look at the competition at the incredible ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex where Short tested his soccer skills during the Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships.

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Runners Assemble – Super News From runDisney

posted on February 25th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


Today feels different. There is a certain energy in the runDisney offices that has everyone on the edge of their seats. It is the kind of energy you feel at the start line of a race … an anticipatory energy that something big is about to happen. Little do we know that we are onto something huge, and today is a landmark day in our runDisney history. We finally received that long awaited call, and it is time for our runners to assemble.

Visit us on runDisney.com for more details on our newest event weekend and to sign up to receive event updates.

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Target Practice: Orlando City SC Preps for Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


At ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, soccer athletes of all ages and abilities can get their kicks during open registration tournaments, soccer camps, seasonal showcases and more. Even our own kicking correspondent, Gary, was recently able to put his “unique” skillset to the test with the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic beginning this week.

Gary always wanted to live out his dream as a professional goalie. Lucky for him, Orlando City Soccer Club greats Rob Valentino, Austin Da Luz and Dennis Chin were on hand to make his wish come true. So how did he measure up? Well, see for yourself:

The fifth edition of Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic runs February 19 – March 1 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Orlando City SC will compete against top-flight foes including Sporting KC, the New York Red Bulls and one of Brazil’s most adored clubs, Fluminense FC.

Visit espnwwos.com for the full schedule, dates and match times.

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Sneak Peek of Disney 365 Live Video Shoot at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with Disney Channel Star Jake Short

posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


Jake Short stars as Fletcher Quimby in the Disney Channel Original Series “A.N.T. Farm,” but when he isn’t in front of the camera he loves to play soccer! Short is a regional all-star player who had the opportunity to visit ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this past weekend during Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships. Former professional soccer player and ESPN Analyst, Eddie Rodriguez, served as Short’s guest coach as he got a taste of what it’s like to play in the middle of the magic. Short was taping a Disney 365 special that will air on the Disney Channel in March.

ESPN Wide World of Sports GameDay Photos captured these images to give you a sneak peek of the special.

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We invite you to follow us at espnwwos.com, on ESPNWWOS Facebook and on Twitter @DisneySports for more information on how you can participate in an upcoming event!

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and runDisney on the Move at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


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.

So with that set-up, we have a bit of news regarding our 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend. Check out the video to learn more about what we have in store in 2015. And, as always, we invite you to follow us on runDisney Facebook, Twitter @runDisney and on runDisney Instagram for exciting news and future opportunities.

Keep running.

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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Serves Up a Special Night at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 10th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


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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!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Men's Overall Winner Justin Scheid

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.
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Congratulations to all participants and thanks to all who came out to make this another runDisney event to remember!

Keep running!

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Thousands of Runners ‘Drop In’ for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 7th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


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!

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Great job runners, Happy Halloween and enjoy the photo gallery of just some of the great costumes I saw on Saturday.

Keep running.

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Disneyland Half Marathon Kicks Off New Season For Runners

posted on August 29th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


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.

Keep running.

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