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A runDisney Love Story at the Disneyland Half Marathon

posted on October 20th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


So do you think you love Disney? Do you think you love Disney enough to run 13.1 miles? If the answer is yes to both questions, you are not alone. Christine Cheng and Anthony Tsang’s love for Disney and each other have put them on the course to love runDisney.

“We run because of runDisney,” Christine recently told me when I visited them at home in San Francisco, just before they completed the Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort. “We have really never exercised too much before, but Disney gives us the motivation to get out there and lead a healthy, active lifestyle.”

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Saying Disney is a part of their everyday life is an understatement. Their home is filled with Disney keepsakes, they enjoy using their annual passes and visiting the parks several times a year, and of course, one of their greatest Disney memories – a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding.

“We just love that Disney opens so many new experiences to us, so there’s always some way to incorporate Disney into our lives,” the couple said. “Even if you don’t think you can run, you can do a runDisney race.”

I hope Christine and Anthony’s love story inspires you to add a little runDisney to your life.

For more information on runDisney and to register for an upcoming event, visit runDisney.com.

#WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload your story, visit irundisney.com.

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Bling! Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Medals Revealed

posted on October 7th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


If you are one of the thousands of runners training for an event at the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, and asking yourself, “why am I doing this?” Well I have an answer to that question. It’s all about the bling and today runDisney is excited to reveal all the finishers medals for the event weekend.

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From the runDisney Kids’ Races and Mickey Mile, to the Dopey Challenge medal, I hope you will agree these finisher medals are amazing and worth all the training miles you are logging.

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As most runDisney fans know, this January we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. Runners participate in the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday, 39.3 miles over 2-days. Once they cross the finish line of the marathon, they not only receive a marathon medal, but they also earn the commemorative anniversary Goofy medal. This one of a kind medal features a spinning Goofy in the middle and clearly commemorates the 10th anniversary. Up for the challenge? Registration remains open for the Goofy Challenge.

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Now, for runners out there not wanting to take on Goofy but still wanting to join in on the fun in January, I am happy to tell you it’s not too late. Currently a limited number of marathon registrations remain open as part of the Goofy Giveback, a unique opportunity that re-opened marathon registration for 39 days, representing the number of miles covered in the Goofy Challenge. Your chance to take part in the marathon is scheduled to close on October 24th, or until the race reaches capacity.

If you are interested in registering for the Goofy Challenge or the Walt Disney World Marathon, visit runDisney.com.

I hope you like the medals and I look forward to seeing you at the finish line showing off your bling.

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Runners Show Their Disney Side at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend

posted on October 6th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Race after runDisney race I am constantly amazed by the creativity our runners show when selecting their costumes for event weekends. However, when it comes to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, everyone seems to kick it up a notch. From the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids Races on Saturday morning, to the featured 10-Miler Saturday night, runners of all ages came prepared to show their Halloween inspired Disney Side.

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Congratulations to the more than 15,500 registered runners who participated in all the runDisney events this past weekend. A special acknowledgement goes out to Marc Burget from Jacksonville, FL, and Lynn Baione from Jensen Beach, FL, our male and female champions.

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It was an exciting weekend for everyone and I hope you will take a moment to enjoy the following recap video. And if after watching the video you feel inspired to join in on the fun at a future runDisney event weekend, visit runDisney.com for details on upcoming races.

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Set Sail for the New Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher Medal

posted on September 30th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


We hear it all the time, “It’s all about the bling!” Well today, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend runners who registered for the Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay Challenge will not be disappointed as we reveal the treasure waiting for them at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.
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The inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge takes place in January 2015. Hundreds of runners are combining the excitement of participating in a marathon weekend event with a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream. After running their event at Walt Disney World Resort, challenge participants set sail on a four-night cruise and run the Castaway Cay 5K to earn the inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal. They will also enjoy exclusive runDisney activities throughout the cruise, including featured menu items, guest speaker session and special merchandise.

Now some of you might be wondering how can I get one of these amazing medals?

If you are registered for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon you still have the opportunity to claim your treasure. Registered runners can book the four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream departing Feb. 23 from Port Canaveral, and participate in the Castaway Cay Challenge.
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It’s the perfect way to extend your family trip or your ultimate girls weekend and keep the celebration going for four more nights. In addition to the Castaway Cay 5K and the Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal, runners can purchase a trip to Senses Spa for a post-race massage, a steam bath or sauna in the Rainforest room. Continue to relax by the fresh water pools, jetted hot tubs or take an exciting ride on The AquaDuck, a thrilling transparent tube water coaster that actually goes off the side of the ship. End your days with the girls enjoying a Broadway-style show, or dancing and celebrating the night away in one of several nightclubs.

For more information and to register for the Disney Princess Weekend Castaway Cay Challenge, visit runDisney.com.

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Picture If You Will Merchandise for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend

posted on September 29th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend is returning soon to Walt Disney World Resort. This weekend of runDisney events takes place on October 3-4, and includes a nighttime Disney Villain Hollywood Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios following the 10-miler on Saturday. If there was a race I’d like to run, this would be the one due to my love of all things Tower of Terror. The merchandise events development team recently shared with me some of the merchandise create for this event which I thought you’d like to see.

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Like previous runDisney events, there will be a variety of apparel items offered this year including both long and short sleeve options. I love this year’s artwork, especially the map on the back of the “I Did It” tee. The black jacket is also a nice addition and will contain glow-in-the-dark ink.

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Other items will include limited release pins including one with Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion that will also glow-in-the-dark. Guests will also find a car magnet, water bottle, hat, and, my favorite, a silver necklace with a Maleficent-themed running shoe. We will also have a black Disney ear hat for the Kids’ Races that will contain the logo with Donald Duck dressed for Halloween.

To find these items and more, I invite you to attend the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Expo will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, guests can visit the Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

I wish all participants the best of luck during the race and watch out for those Disney Villains!

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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Celebrating A Soldier’s Safe Return at the Disneyland Half Marathon presented by Cigna

posted on September 26th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


This story has it all: runDisney magic, tears, joy and celebration.

If you participated in the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or follow my runDisney blog posts on a regular basis, this story will be familiar. It is a follow-up to an emotional magical moment that played out at the start of the race in February, but with a new twist at the Disneyland Half Marathon presented by Cigna.

Kim Myers of Seattle, WA, traveled to Walt Disney World Resort to run the Princess Half Marathon for a couple reasons. First, she was part of a larger group running on behalf of “Wear Blue: Run to Remember,” a running organization that participates in races around the world to celebrate the sacrifice of US military and their families. Second, she was celebrating her birthday and ran to take her mind off the fact that her husband, CW2 Travis Myers, couldn’t be with her. He was serving our country in Afghanistan with the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces group. Thanks to a thoughtful husband, technology and a little Disney Magic, we were able to surprise Kim with a special birthday message from Travis who was half a world away. At that time Kim said if everything went according to plan Travis would be home in time to run the Disneyland Half Marathon with her and they not only would celebrate his return but ironically his birthday.

Well, I am happy to tell you that everything did go according to plan. Travis returned home safely to his family from his final tour of duty. And as promised he took Kim’s hand and together they ran the Disneyland Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort earlier this month.

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When I recently visited Kim and Travis in Seattle, Kim told me, “I run as a way to find my own identity as a very busy person, mom, wife, fulltime job …. and a very positive way to deal with a lot of stress.”

Now, with Travis safely home, the loneliness of running alone is replaced by running with her partner in life.

“The Disneyland Half Marathon is our celebration run,” Kim said. “We’re getting out there to celebrate where we’ve come from as well as how far we have left to go, both as individuals and also together as a couple.”

I hope you will take a moment to watch Kim and Travis’ journey to the Disneyland Half Marathon. It is truly a story of love and celebration.

runDisney salutes and thanks all of our service men and women and their families around the world for keeping our country safe.

#WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload your story, visit irundisney.com.

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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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Every Role a Starring Role – runDisney Event Manager

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


From helping with the initial course design to ensuring every last race day detail is in place, runDisney event manager Shannon Abeyta and her team work year-round to ensure “every mile is magic” during Disneyland Resort race weekends. See how Shannon’s work came to fruition during the 9th annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role”!


For more from the “Every Role a Starring Role” series, check out the posts below:

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Three Generations Crossing The Disneyland Half Marathon Finish Line Together

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Here is a little secret, I love my job and working with runDisney. Event weekends are exciting and standing at the finish line watching thousands of people accomplish their goals is uplifting, rewarding and sometimes emotional. From cheers of excitement to tears of joys, the stories that unfold at the finish line are incredible. I am truly inspired meeting and talking with our runners. Their stories provide messages we can all learn from.

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Last year I introduced the runDisney community to 81-year-old Flor Irlandez from Portland, OR. In 2013 she was the oldest runner to complete the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort. She ran the Disneyland 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday, 19.3 miles. Last weekend she returned to run the 2014 Dumbo Double Dare, this time at the age of 82. Running with two of her daughters, a son in-law and grandson, she once again completed the two-day event and collected three runDisney finisher medals and family memories to last for years.

There are a couple lessons we can takeaway from Flor’s accomplishment.

First, we should not let age be a barrier to accomplish our goals. Flor’s message is simple, “Just get going, not just running, but walking, getting out, sweating …. I just feel good after a run, everybody should do it.”

Second, participating in a runDisney event can be fun for the entire family. Flor has inspired three generations to lead a healthy active lifestyle. “It just makes it fun and it’s no longer about running and racing, but about being together and being healthy as a family,” says Marissa Walker, Flor’s daughter from Berkeley, CA.

Flor, your accomplishments are amazing, not just in running but also in how you have inspired generations. We all look forward to seeing you at the finish line for years to come.

For more information and to register for a runDisney event, visit runDisney.com.

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#DisneyKids: First runDisney Race

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Okay, I am just going to be honest with you, this Disney First is really cute and the photos and videos below are guaranteed to put a big Disney smile on your face. What do you get when you combine adorable kids in costumes, Disney characters and a runDisney event? You get unforgettable Disney memories that will last a lifetime.

This past weekend hundreds of kids participated in their first runDisney race at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort. From the 400 meter run to the diaper dash, our youngest competitors lined up to challenge themselves and each other.

If you or your child wants to experience a runDisney first at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, visit runDisney.com for more information and to register.

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