At runDisney we are constantly looking for ways to provide exciting opportunities for our runners and this past weekend we think we hit a home run at Turner Field. On Saturday, runDisney hosted its first meet-up on the road in Atlanta. It was an opportunity to take Mickey, Minnie and some runDisney magic directly to our fans.
More than 100 participants hit the streets for a fun run that took us under the Olympic rings, circled the Capital building and then back to Turner Field for a run inside the stadium and around the warning track. Following the run, guests were treated to a speaker series that included runDisney training consultant and Atlanta’s own Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus and Runner’s World editor Warren Green. Our partners from New Balance used the meet-up to announce that the 2014 New Balance runDisney 860 running shoe will feature Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie. They also revealed the same 860 Mickey and Minnie shoe will be available in kid’s sizes.
On behalf of the entire runDisney team, I want to thank our Atlanta meet-up participants and all our runDisney fans for their continued support. If you want to follow along or join the conversation from Atlanta, please use #ontheroadtodisneyparks. And, as always, we invite you to follow us on runDisney Facebook, Twitter @runDisney and on runDisney Instagram for exciting news and future opportunities.
Coming off the major success of the 2013 New Balance runDisney 860 running shoes featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, it was announced this morning that the 2014 shoes will feature Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie. In addition, it was also revealed that the same model shoe, the 860 featuring Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie, will also be available in kids sizes for 2014.
More than 100 runDisney social media followers were the first to hear the news at the first ever runDisney Meet-Up / Tweet-Up on the road at Turner Field in Atlanta. Now is your chance to see this exciting announcement yourself by clicking play below. Although the video announcement does not reveal the entire shoe it gives enough of a tease to get runDisney and Disney fans excited about the new design.
It’s important to note these shoes can only be purchased at Health and Fitness Expos during runDisney event weekends at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. For a complete list of event weekends visit runDisney.com.
One more tip, you will want to follow @runDisney and runDisney Facebook closely leading up to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna for more exciting announcements.
For those who have participated in runDisney races it’s no secret that Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are the perfect race destinations for the entire family. Not only can you celebrate your achievement by going to a theme park, but from Family Fun Run 5K’s to Kids Races, runDisney weekends offers a chance for all ages to participate.
This past weekend thousands of families enjoyed the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend and participated in Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids Races. It was exciting to see so many families and kids enjoying a healthy active weekend. But don’t just take my word for it, watch the accompanying videos and see for yourself.
Once again runDisney served up an amazing weekend for runners at the 2013 Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. From the Pre-Race Taste at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and Kids Races, to the main course Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Finish Line Party, runners were treated to a smorgasbord of events.
As I stood at the start and finish lines Saturday night, I couldn’t help but realize how special our runners make this event. From creative costumes to well choreographed finish-line crossings, all of you made this unique nighttime race a five-out-of-five star rated event.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the half marathon and we hope you are stretching, icing and recovering. And to all runners, we look forward to you making a “reservation” and joining us for the 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.
“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney
Everyday, Walt Disney World Resort cast members work to make Walt’s dream a reality by delivering outstanding customer service to guests. But, as in any organization, there are always a few people that have a little something extra.
If you have visited Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and entered through the front doors chances are you received a hello, a smile and possibly a hug from 88-year-old Richard Gerth. For more than 22 years as a cast member, Richard has greeted thousands of guests and assisted thousands of brides with wedding photos on their special day.
In a way Richard has become an attraction of his own. As guests make plans to ride Space Mountain, see characters and catch parades and fireworks, they also make plans to stop by and say hi to him. Recently, while standing in the resort lobby with Richard, two generations of one family reflected on all the years they have greeted each other on vacation. After commenting on how their trip to Walt Disney World Resort would not be complete without seeing him, one guest said to me, “Richard is the Grand (Floridian).”
Richard is not only a legacy to the Grand Floridian and to thousands of guests, but also a legacy to The Walt Disney Company. He credits two things for his success, longevity and “I was blessed with a good smile.”
Full disclosure, I am part of the runDisney team, but on Saturday I had the chance to lace up my running shoes, pin on a bib and join thousands of runners in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. From Disney entertainment every half mile on the course, to running through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to screaming fans at the finish line and a Disney Villains Hollywood Bash, it was a fun night.
However, I must tell you what caught my attention most were all the amazing runDisney runners that participated. Their excitement, camaraderie on the course, words of encouragement and creative costumes took the experience to another level. To my fellow runners – thanks for sharing the road, thanks for sharing the race. Looking forward to seeing you at the next runDisney event weekend.
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Alison Sweeney knows the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. For 12 consecutive seasons as host of “The Biggest Loser,” Alison has played a major role in transforming people’s lives.
Inspired by Cinderella, reaching the finish line, earning a runDisney medal and the opportunity to share the experience with her kids, Alison ran and completed the Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday, September 1.
Alison’s message: “I encourage everybody that if you ever thought ‘I can’t do it,’ yes you can. You just have to try, just have to commit yourself and work hard.”
Here’s a look at Alison’s magical Disneyland Half Marathon.
One of my favorite places to be during a runDisney race is at the finish line. Not only is reaching it the one common goal thousands of runners share, but it is where every emotion imaginable plays out. As runners, we all have our own motivation to train for months and to pursue a dream. It’s when you reach the finish line when those dreams become a reality and you react with shouts of joy, tears, arms raised high in victory or any other creative way you decide to cross the line.
Recently at the Disneyland Half Marathon I captured some of the ways runDisney runners crossed the finish line. Some reactions were simple, some funny and some life changing. Some were planned and others spontaneous.
As you watch the following video, ask yourself, “How will I cross the line at my next runDisney race?”
Congratulations to all runners who cross the line.
Standing at the start and finish lines of a runDisney event, you can’t help but feel excitement and inspiration. Thousands of runners, thousands of dreams, thousands of reasons to run, but all sharing one common goal – on this day, finishing the Disneyland Half Marathon.
During the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend I had the privilege of meeting and spending time with a new friend, a runner who has given me great inspiration, 81-year-old Flor Irlandez from Portland, Ore. Flor started running at the age of 29 when co-workers shamed her into running during their lunch breaks. For 54 years she has not looked back, raising a family and inspiring her children and grandchildren to live healthy, active lifestyles. In fact, she often shares start lines with three generations of family members. When asked why she continues to run, she said, “Because it makes me feel good.” During her running career she has completed several runDisney events, often placing first in her age group. Her love of Mickey Mouse and running through Disney Parks makes runDisney her favorite.
By the way, did I mention that Flor was the oldest competitor at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and she completed the Dumbo Double Dare by running the Disneyland 10K on Saturday and the Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday – 19.3 miles? Truly an inspiration and role model to us all.
Look for Flor at the start line in January at the Walt Disney World Resort as she takes on Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge!
Allow me to introduce you to my friend Flor Irlandez.
Joey Fatone – singer, dancer, actor, television host and runner … that’s right, runner! Over the weekend Joey took on the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge by running and finishing the inaugural Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon – 19.3 miles over 2 days.
The runDisney veteran not only took home three commemorative medals, but also lots of memories of running through the theme parks and pictures of fans he met along the way.
Here is a look at Joey’s Dumbo Double Dare Challenge at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.